Metro transit is offering special MetroBus shuttle service for parade-goers and celebrants to safely and conveniently travel to Mardi Gras festivities and the 2016 Grand Parade in the Soulard neighborhood on Saturday, February 6. Metro will operate special Mardi Gras shuttle buses from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. between Soulard and the Civic Center MetroLink Station which is located at the corner of Spruce Street and 14th Street in downtown St. Louis.
The special shuttles will run every 15 minutes and will drop off and pick up passengers in Soulard on 10th Street between Carroll Street and Marion Street. Round-trip passes for the Mardi Gras shuttle are $6 and can only be purchased on Saturday, February 6, at the Civic Center MetroLink Station, starting at 9 a.m.
“Instead of navigating through street closures and competing for limited parking spots, we encourage everyone to let Metro do the driving to the Soulard Mardi Gras,” said Ray Friem, Executive Director for Metro Transit. “Park your car for free at one of our 21 Metro Park-Ride lots in Missouri or Illinois, take MetroLink to the Civic Center Station, buy a Mardi Gras shuttle pass and let one of our special shuttles get you to all of the fun, safely and easily.”
Metro will operate the special Mardi Gras shuttles every 15 minutes through 11 p.m. Regular Metro tickets and passes are not valid on the Mardi Gras MetroBus Shuttles. The Mardi Gras MetroBus Shuttle Pass cannot be used to ride MetroBus or MetroLink.
MetroLink trains will operate every 20 minutes on the Red Line and Blue Line on Saturday, February 6, with trains arriving every 10 minutes at stations between the Forest Park-DeBaliviere and Fairview Heights MetroLink Stations. The MetroLink platforms will be monitored for crowds throughout the day and add extra MetroLink service will be added as needed.
At the end of the evening, the last eastbound train from the Civic Center MetroLink Station to the Shiloh-Scott MetroLink Station will depart at 11:41 p.m., and the last eastbound train to the Fairview Heights Station will leave at 12:38 a.m., with MetroBus shuttle service to Shiloh-Scott Station.
Westbound, the final Blue Line train from the Civic Center MetroLink Station to the Shrewsbury-Lansdowne I-44 MetroLink Station will depart at 12:12 a.m., and the last Red Line train to the Lambert Airport Terminal #1 Station will leave at 12:22 a.m.
Mardi Gras celebrants can also get to the festivities in Soulard by via MetroBus. The #8 Bates-Morganford, #10 Gravois, #30 Soulard, #40 Broadway and #73 Carondelet MetroBus routes serve the Soulard area. Even though there will be detours in place on February 6, these routes will still get riders close to the celebration. Parade-goers and revelers are asked to leave their backpacks and coolers at home since they are not allowed at the Soulard Mardi Gras. No food, drink or alcohol is permitted on MetroLink, MetroBus, the Mardi Gras Shuttles or on Metro property.
For more information about the special Mardi Gras shuttles being operated by Metro, passengers should visit metrostlouis.org/mardigras or contact Metro Transit Information at 314-231-2345 or 618-271-2345. For Mardi Gras parade information and other event times, visit mardigrasinc.com.
Due to Mardi Gras festivities and the 2016 Grand Parade taking place on February 6, the following MetroBus routes will be rerouted.
#8 Bates-Morganford — from 3 a.m. until end of service
#30 Soulard — from 3 a.m. until end of service
#40 Broadway — from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m.
#73 Carondelet — from 3 a.m. until end of service
Metro is the operator of the St. Louis region’s public transportation system, which includes the 87 vehicle, 46-mile MetroLink light rail system; 391 MetroBus vehicle fleet that operates on 77 MetroBus routes in Missouri and Illinois; and Metro Call-A-Ride, a paratransit fleet of 120 vans. Metro is an enterprise of Bi-State Development (BSD), which also owns and operates St. Louis Downtown Airport and its surrounding industrial business park; the Gateway Arch Riverboats, as well as operates the Gateway Arch Revenue Collections Center and Gateway Arch trams. BSD also operates the Bi-State Development Research Institute and the Regional Freight District.