The Belleville Fire Department will join Metro transit beginning on Monday, April 24, for a four-day training exercise at the Belleville MetroLink Station. Crews from the Belleville Fire Department will train on how to conduct emergency operations on MetroLink and MetroBus.
The training exercise is scheduled to take place from 10 a.m. to noon from Monday, April 24 through Thursday, April 27. The exercise provides local first responders with first-hand experience on the uniqueness of working with MetroBus vehicles and MetroLink trains and rails, as well as the coordination and communication required in situations where multiple agencies must work together efficiently.
During the training exercise, Red Line trains will operate on a single-track at the Belleville and Swansea MetroLink Stations, Red Line passengers may experience delays of up to five minutes. Blue Line MetroLink service will not be impacted. Some parking spots at the Park-Ride lot at the Belleville MetroLink Station will be unavailable to commuters during the training exercises to accommodate fire trucks and equipment.
Metro is the operator of the St. Louis region’s public transportation system, which includes the 87 vehicle, 46-mile MetroLink light rail system; approximately 400 vehicle MetroBus fleet that operates on 79 MetroBus routes in Missouri and Illinois; and Metro Call-A-Ride, a paratransit fleet of 122 vans. Metro is an enterprise of Bi-State Development (BSD), which also owns and operates St. Louis Downtown Airport, the Bi-State Development Research Institute, the Gateway Arch Riverboats, and operates the Gateway Arch Trams and Revenue Collections Center. BSD also operates the St. Louis Regional Freightway.