Director of Communications
Metro Transit will operate extra service this Saturday morning, June 23, to accommodate the large crowd expected to attend the 2012 Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure in downtown St. Louis. Last year, more than 64,000 women, men and children participated in the annual event and attendance is expected to be even higher this year.
Thousands of participants will park at one of Metro’s free park-ride lots and take MetroLink or MetroBus to downtown St. Louis to avoid the street closures, traffic jams and parking issues. Some park-ride lots will fill up quickly at popular locations such as North Hanley, Shrewsbury and Fairview Heights so customers should consider using other park-ride lots like the Brentwood I-64 garage in Missouri, and Swansea or East Riverfront in Illinois.
Metro will have extra staff, including more than two dozen ticket agents at high traffic stations, to assist passengers. MetroLink trains will operate a modified Saturday schedule until noon with service every 7 and a half minutes at the stations between Fairview Heights and Forest Park-DeBaliviere and service every 15 minutes at the stations east of Fairview Heights, between Forest Park-DeBaliviere and Lambert Airport Terminal #1, and between Forest Park-DeBaliviere and Shrewsbury.
Since numerous downtown streets will be closed for the Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure, it is necessary to detour some MetroBus routes. Reroute information is posted under Rider Alerts at www.metrostlouis.org. Metro Customer Service representatives are available at 314-231-2345 from Missouri or 618-271-2345 from Illinois to answer questions weekdays from 7:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.