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March 16, 2012

Leave the Driving to Metro Transit on St. Patrick’s Day

Dianne Williams
Director of Communications
314-982-1440

Bi-State area residents heading to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Downtown St. Louis tomorrow, March 17 can avoid the hassles of finding parking, paying for parking, traffic jams and closed streets by riding MetroLink. 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 off 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 tomorrow and will add service if needed. The parade downtown kicks off at 11:30 a.m.

Even though traffic will be detoured due to the parade, MetroBus is another good option tomorrow to get to the parade. Residents can take a MetroBus to the Civic Center MetroLink Station and walk north to Market Street. The Civic Center MetroLink Station serves 13 MetroBus routes from all over the region. In addition, the #70 Grand route serves the Union Station MetroLink Station.

Closed streets because of the Hibernian St. Patrick’s Parade in the Dogtown neighborhood of St. Louis will also impact MetroBus routes on Saturday, but you can still get to Dogtown via MetroBus. Parade goers can take the #32 ML King Chouteau MetroBus to the Manchester and Tamm stop, and walk a ½ mile north to the intersection of Clayton and Tamm. Also, bus shuttles will run every 40 minutes from the Central West End Transit Center to St. Louis Community College at Forest Park. Exit the bus at the Oakland Avenue and Highlands Plaza Drive stop and walk about a ½ mile west on Oakland, across Hampton, to Clayton Avenue and Tamm. The Hibernian parade begins at 12:30 p.m.

Information about the reroutes around the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Downtown St. Louis and the Hibernian St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dogtown can be found in the Rider Alert section at www.metrostlouis.org.  

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