Metro Transit is regularly making improvements and conducting maintenance on the region’s transit system. At any given time, a number of projects may be underway to maintain or enhance transit centers, MetroLink stations, bus stops and shelters, rail and ties, other operational infrastructure, and more.

This work is part of Metro’s commitment to protect the region’s investment in public transit infrastructure and deliver new innovation and safe, reliable transit services to our riders. See below for more information on projects currently in progress or set to begin soon.

If you have questions or comments on any of these projects, please email engineering@metrostlouis.org.


8th & Pine and Convention Center Station Enhancement Project

Metro Transit, in coordination with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) plans to construct enhancements to the 8th & Pine and Convention Center MetroLink Stations in downtown St. Louis. The FTA is considering grant assistance for this project.

Description

Metro is in the design phase for this station enhancement project. Currently, it is anticipated the enhancement work would be completed in two stages.

For the first stage, critical improvements would be made to restore access and improve safety at the stations. These improvements include replacing escalators with stair access, deep cleaning of station surfaces, reinforcing the existing wall system, upgrading lighting, converting existing stairwells to be exit only, and installation of emergency egress lighting.

The second stage is to perform the full enhancements of the stations. These improvements may include adding additional elevators to each platform to provide more reliable ADA access, new access control at street level, improved signage and wayfinding, and general infrastructure upgrades like new walls and flooring. No new right of way is anticipated for either stage.

One station or platform at a time may be closed during the station enhancement project to accommodate construction work.

The project schedule is dependent on funding for construction, which is anticipated to be supported by FTA grants and local funding.

Public Comment

In accordance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1996, as amended (16 U.S.C. 470f) and its implementing regulation, 36 CFR Part 800, the FTA is initiating consultation with the Missouri State Historic Preservation Office.  Metro is seeking public comment on any potential impact to cultural or historic resources in the project area, and ideas for the best ways to minimize the impact of this construction work on the surrounding community.

Please submit any comments or questions on this project to engineering@metrostlouis.org.


Illinois Bus Stop Improvements

Metro Transit plans to make improvements to four MetroBus stops located in St. Clair County, Illinois. These improvements will add new amenities for riders and improve the transit experience.

Description

Metro is in the preliminary design stage for a project to improve the following four MetroBus stops in St. Clair County, Illinois:

  • Bus Stop #12151 – 8800 Main St., Belleville, IL 62223
  • Bus Stop #11861 – 1601 US 50, O’Fallon, IL 62269
  • Bus Stop #12066 – 1610 US 50, O’Fallon, IL 62269
  • Bus Stop #12955 – 1235 St. Louis Ave., East St. Louis, IL 62201

A new concrete pad and shelter will be installed at each of these stops. It may be necessary to modify sidewalks near the stops, and easement agreements are anticipated to be needed for this project. The project schedule is dependent on funding for construction, which is anticipated to be supported by FTA grants and local funding from St. Clair County Transit District.

Please submit any comments or questions on this project to engineering@metrostlouis.org.


79th Street Retaining Wall Project

Metro Transit, in coordination with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), plans to reconstruct retaining walls near the intersection of 79th Street and St. Clair Avenue in East St. Louis, Illinois. The FTA is considering grant assistance for this project.

Description

Metro is in the preliminary design stage to replace the retaining walls that support the MetroLink tracks near the intersection of St. Clair Avenue and 79th Street. The construction team will build a new retaining wall in front of the existing wall, and then backfill the space between the old and new walls. No new right of way is anticipated to be needed for this project.

The design team is working with local utility companies to identify potential impacts, but no service interruptions are anticipated to occur during construction. Detours will be established to minimize traffic disruption if construction requires any closure of 79th Street or St. Clair Avenue.

The project schedule is dependent on funding for the construction, which is anticipated to be supported by FTA grants and local funding from St. Clair County Transit District.

Public Comment

In accordance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1996, as amended (16 U.S.C. 470f) and its implementing regulation, 36 CFR Part 800, the FTA is initiating consultation with the Illinois State Historic Preservation Office.  Metro is seeking public comment on any potential impact to cultural or historic resources in the project area.

Please submit any comments or questions on this project to engineering@metrostlouis.org.


Des Peres Avenue Pedestrian Bridge Rehabilitation

Metro Transit, in coordination with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), plans to rehabilitate the existing pedestrian bridge at the intersection of Forest Park Parkway and Des Peres Avenue in the City of St. Louis, Missouri. The FTA is considering grant assistance for this project.

Description

Metro is in the design stage to rehabilitate the existing Des Peres Avenue Pedestrian Bridge located at the intersection of Forest Park Parkway and Des Peres Avenue.  This project will include the rehabilitation of the concrete walking surface and the replacement of the existing steel fencing on the bridge. No new right of way will be needed for this project and no impact to local utilities is anticipated.

During construction, the bridge will be temporarily closed to pedestrian traffic, and one lane of Forest Park Parkway will be closed to vehicular traffic for equipment and materials. The project is currently scheduled to start in Summer 2022 and will take up to four months to complete. Funding for the project will come from FTA grants and local funding.

Please submit any comments or questions on this project, or any ideas on how to best minimize construction impacts on the surrounding community, to engineering@metrostlouis.org.