Single Track Operations
Weekday Evenings | Weekends
Metro Transit is committed to improving the transit experience for our customers. A number of projects are planned for the MetroLink system that will make upgrades and add new amenities to the light rail system, including camera upgrades, new digital displays and PA system, platform improvements, and new safety/security infrastructure.
To accommodate these construction projects in 2023 and 2024, MetroLink will need to operate on a single track at different locations on some weekday evenings (6 p.m. to end of service) and weekends (all day).
During these periods, Blue Line trains will only operate between the Shrewsbury-Lansdowne I-44 and Forest Park-DeBaliviere Stations, and MetroLink customers will need to transfer between Blue Line and Red Line trains at the Forest Park Station.
Weekly Single Track Schedule
- Current Week of March 27: Single Track Operations on Weekday Evenings, Monday through Friday
Blue Line trains will only operate between the Shrewsbury and Forest Park-DeBaliviere Stations from 6 p.m. to end of service on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday (March 27-29, 31) and from 11:30 p.m. to end of service on Thursday (March 30) due to construction work.
- Week of Monday, March 20
MetroLink will operate on a single track Monday 3/20/23 through Friday 3/24/23, from 6 p.m. to end of service, and all day on Saturday 3/25/23. UPDATE: MetroLink will also operate on a single track all day on Sunday 3/26/23.
To view a complete list of current and upcoming projects, click here
- DeBaliviere Signal House Platform
Flash flooding at the Forest Park-DeBaliviere Station in July 2022 damaged one signal house beyond repair. To prevent damage from future flooding, a replacement signal house will be installed on an elevated platform near street level. Construction on the platform is expected to start in Spring 2023 and the new signal house should be operational by late 2023.
- Downtown Tunnel Repairs
Repairs to MetroLink tunnels and fire suppression equipment updates in downtown St. Louis are expected to begin in Spring 2023. Work will be done on weekends under single track operations for 24 months.
- East Riverfront MetroLink Station
Construction is underway on new staircases to access both the Eastbound and Westbound platforms at the East Riverfront Station. A MetroLink Station Shuttle is providing customer transportation from the 5th and Missouri MetroLink Station to the East Riverfront Station during the closure. Work is expected to be completed in early Spring 2023.
- Emerson Park Transit Center
A new 16,000-square-foot Public Safety Center is under construction at the Emerson Park Transit Center in East St. Louis. The new building will have customer amenities, including restrooms, as well as offices for public safety personnel. Completion is scheduled for early 2024. This is a St. Clair County Transit District project.
- MidAmerica St. Louis Airport Extension
MetroLink Red Line tracks will be extended from Shiloh-Scott MetroLink Station to a new MetroLink station at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in Mascoutah, Illinois. Project is currently in the design phase with construction anticipated to start in late 2023. This is a St. Clair County Transit District project.
- Rock Road Platform Rehab
Project removes and replaces the concrete platform deck at Rock Road MetroLink Station. Design work is anticipated to be completed in Spring 2024, with construction beginning in Summer/Fall 2024.
- Secure Platform Plan Project
The Secure Platform Plan (SPP) project will transition the “Open Access” MetroLink system into a “Closed Access” system through the installation of fare gates that will allow access with paid fare to all 38 MetroLink platforms. Fencing will be installed and the Closed Circuit Television System (CCTV) will be expanded and modernized to make the light rail system more secure for customers.
- Union Station Tunnel
Preparations are underway ahead of repairs to structural steel and shoring in the Union Station Tunnel. Rehabilitation work is expected to begin in early 2024.