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January 22, 2016

Some MetroLink Passengers Will Be Transported By Buses Instead of Trains in Illinois January 30 & 31

MetroLink will not provide normal weekend service between the Emerson Park and Fairview Heights MetroLink Stations in Illinois on Saturday, January 30, and Sunday, January 31. The service disruption is necessary to accommodate the scheduled demolition of the Highway 157 bridge over MetroLink tracks by the Illinois Department of Transportation. MetroLink Station Shuttles will transport passengers by bus between the Emerson Park, Washington Park and Fairview Heights MetroLink Stations. Passengers traveling through the affected area that weekend should expect delays of 20 to 30 minutes.

The following stations will be impacted by the scheduled MetroLink service disruption on January 30 & 31:

  • Emerson Park MetroLink Station
  • Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center MetroLink Station*
  • Washington Park MetroLink Station
  • Fairview Heights MetroLink Station

*MetroLink passengers will be able to board westbound Red Line trains at the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center Station. Eastbound Red Line riders may exit trains at the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center Station but they need to be aware that MetroLink Station Shuttles will not serve that station.

All eastbound MetroLink passengers will exit the train at the Emerson Park Station except for those continuing on the train to the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Station. Eastbound MetroLink riders will transfer to MetroLink Station Shuttles to be transported by bus to the Washington Park Station and to the Fairview Heights Station. (Reminder: No bus shuttles to the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Station.) Riders can transfer back to the train to resume their eastbound trips on MetroLink when they arrive at the Fairview Heights Station.

All westbound MetroLink passengers will exit the train at the Fairview Heights Station to board a MetroLink Station Shuttle to continue their westbound trips by bus shuttles to the Washington Park Station and the Emerson Park Station. They can board westbound trains at Emerson Park to resume their westbound trips

To avoid the delays and transferring between MetroLink trains and the special bus shuttles that weekend, some Illinois riders traveling to Missouri stations may consider parking and boarding the train at the Emerson Park Station. Illinois MetroLink passengers with destinations east of the Fairview Heights Station may consider parking at the Fairview Heights Station to avoid the MetroLink Station Shuttle delays.      

Red Line MetroLink trains will operate on normal weekend schedules providing 20-minute service between the Lambert Airport Terminal #1 and Emerson Park MetroLink Stations; and provide regular weekend service between the Fairview Heights and Shiloh-Scott MetroLink Stations. Blue Line MetroLink trains will operate on normal weekend schedules providing 20-minute service between the Shrewsbury-Lansdowne I-44 and Emerson Park MetroLink Stations.

MetroLink will resume normal operations between the Emerson Park and Fairview Heights Stations by the beginning of service on Monday, February 1. Updates on MetroLink operations can be found via social media on Metro’s Twitter feed at @STLMetro and on Facebook at St. Louis Metro Transit. Passengers can also call Transit Information at 618-271-2345 or 314-231-2345 Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

About Metro

Metro is the operator of the St. Louis region’s public transportation system, which includes the 87 vehicle, 46-mile MetroLink light rail system; 391 MetroBus vehicle fleet that operates on 77 MetroBus routes in Missouri and Illinois; and Metro Call-A-Ride, a paratransit fleet of 120 vans. Metro is an enterprise of Bi-State Development (BSD), which also owns and operates St. Louis Downtown Airport and its surrounding industrial business park; the Gateway Arch Riverboats, as well as operates the Gateway Arch Revenue Collections Center and Gateway Arch trams. BSD also operates the Bi-State Development Research Institute and the Regional Freight District.

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