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March 13, 2014

Take Metro to the St. Patrick’s Day Festivities

Bi-State residents heading to the St. Patrick’s Day run and parade in Downtown St. Louis on Saturday, March 15 are encouraged to ride MetroLink to avoid the hassles of parking, closed streets and traffic jams.

Race participants and parade goers can park free at any Metro Park-Ride lot in Missouri or Illinois and take MetroLink to any of five MetroLink Stations downtown. The Union Station, Civic Center, Stadium, and 8th and Pine MetroLink Stations are all within two to three blocks from the Market Street parade route. The Convention Center MetroLink station is about six blocks north of Market. All are within a short walk to the parade. Metro will monitor the MetroLink platforms Saturday and will add service, if needed. The parade downtown kicks off at noon.

MetroBus is also a good option Saturday to get to the downtown festivities. Residents can take a MetroBus to the Civic Center MetroLink Station and walk north to Market Street. Parade goers can plan their MetroBus trips to the Civic Center Station at www.metrostlouis.org.

The Ancient Order of Hibernians St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on Monday, March 17 at 12:30 p.m. in the Dogtown neighborhood of St. Louis. The parade will impact the #32 Martin Luther King- Chouteau, #59 Dogtown and #90 Hampton MetroBus routes, which will be rerouted due to the street closures.

The #90 Hampton bus will not provide service into Forest Park between the Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink Station and Interstate 44. Metro customers needing service into Forest Park can catch a shuttle at this MetroLink Station between 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Riders are required to pay regular Metro fares.

Information about the reroutes around Saturday’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Downtown St. Louis and the Ancient Order of Hibernians St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dogtown can be found in the Rider Alert section at www.metrostlouis.org.

The Bi-State Development Agency/Metro (BSDA/Metro) is the operator of the Metro public transportation system for the St. Louis region, which includes the 87 vehicle, 46-mile MetroLink light rail system; 378 MetroBus vehicle fleet that operates on 75 MetroBus routes; and Metro Call-A-Ride, a paratransit fleet of 121 vans.

BSDA/Metro also owns and operates St. Louis Downtown Airport and its surrounding industrial business park, and the Gateway Arch Riverboats, as well as operates the Gateway Arch Revenue Collections Center, the Gateway Arch Transportation System, and the Gateway Arch Parking Facility.

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