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November 11, 2022

Metro Transit Service Change Scheduled for November 28

Blue Line MetroLink Service to be Restored to Fairview Heights; Changes to 42 MetroBus Routes

 

[ST. LOUIS, MO/November 11, 2022]  Metro Transit will make schedule and service adjustments to MetroLink and 42 MetroBus routes operating in the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County and St. Clair County, Ill., on Monday, November 28. This includes the return of Blue Line MetroLink service to the Fairview Heights MetroLink Station. In addition, service will be suspended on one MetroBus route, the #71 Patterson-Redman.

These service adjustments will improve MetroBus-MetroLink connections and should provide more reliable schedules and consistent transit service for customers. Metro Transit, like other transit agencies and businesses around the nation, continues to be challenged by workforce shortages. For more than two years, it has been necessary to cancel scheduled MetroBus trips on a daily basis due to a shortage of bus operators.

“Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been regularly making adjustments to Metro Transit operations to address our workforce issues. However, some of our customers continue to experience unplanned cancellations, which can cause significant delays and inconvenience,” said Charles Stewart, Executive Director of Metro Transit. “By changing schedules and service frequency on some of our MetroBus routes and restoring Blue Line MetroLink service to Fairview Heights, we can better match our workforce resources to service levels and riders can have a better transit experience and more dependable service.”

Details for the November 28 Service Change are available below. New schedules and route maps for MetroLink and the affected MetroBus routes will be available on the Metro Transit website and Transit app beginning on Monday, November 14. Transit riders who have questions or would like assistance are encouraged to text Metro Transit Information at 314.207.9786 or call 314.231.2345, available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

MetroLink
Blue Line MetroLink service will return to its normal route on Monday, November 28, with Blue Line trains serving all stations between the Shrewsbury-Lansdowne I-44 and Fairview Heights MetroLink Stations. Due to significant damage to the light rail system from historic flash flooding in July, MetroLink has been operating modified service, which includes Blue Line trains only operating between the Shrewsbury-Lansdowne I-44 and Forest Park-DeBaliviere Stations. With Blue Line service being restored to the Fairview Heights Station, Blue Line riders will no longer need to transfer trains at the Forest Park-DeBaliviere Station to continue their trips.

Red Line and Blue Line MetroLink service will operate on a 20-minute schedule, 7 days a week. Metro Transit teams continue to make repairs to flood damaged areas of the MetroLink system. Due to supply chain issues and long production times for replacement parts, it may be several months before repairs are fully completed and MetroLink can resume its pre-flood schedules and service frequency levels.

MetroBus – #71 Patterson-Redman Suspended
Service on the #71 Patterson-Redman route will be suspended beginning on Monday, November 28. Through a partnership with Lyft, discounted $1 Lyft rides are available and may be an option for riders of the #71 Patterson-Redman. For more information on discounted Lyft rides, customers should visit metrostlouis.org/lyft or call Metro Transit Information at 314.231.2345.

MetroBus – Service Ending at 8 p.m.

  • #9 Oakville
  • #30 Arsenal

Service on the #9 Oakville and #30 Arsenal will end at 8 p.m. on weekdays and weekends.

MetroBus – Schedule and/or Service Frequency Adjustments

  • #1 Gold
  • #2 Red
  • #2 Cahokia (IL)
  • #4 Natural Bridge
  • #8 Shaw-Cherokee
  • #9 Oakville
  • #11 Chippewa
  • #16 City Limits
  • #18 Taylor
  • #19 St. Louis Ave
  • #21 Watson Rd
  • #30 Arsenal
  • #31 Chouteau
  • #32 Dr. ML King
  • #33 Midland
  • #34 Earth City
  • #35 Rock Road
  • #40 N. Broadway
  • #41 Lee
  • #42 Sarah
  • #47 Hanley
  • #49 Lindbergh
  • #56 Kirkwood-Webster
  • #57 Manchester
  • #58 Chesterfield Valley
  • #60 Shepley-Lilac
  • #61 Chambers
  • #64 Lucas Hunt
  • #70 Grand
  • #73 Carondelet
  • #74 Florissant
  • #76 McDonnell-Waterford
  • #77 Village Square
  • #78 Bellefontaine
  • #79 Ferguson
  • #90 Hampton
  • #91 Olive
  • #94 Page
  • #97 Delmar
  • #98 Ballas-North Hanley
  • #100 Hazelwood

To improve schedule reliability, some of these routes will have their service frequency temporarily reduced. Other routes will have minor schedule and routing adjustments. New schedules and maps for these MetroBus routes will be available on Transit app and at metrostlouis.org/upcoming-schedule-changes on November 14.

 

About Metro Transit

Metro Transit operates the St. Louis region’s main public transportation system, which includes 24 battery electric buses and nearly 400 clean-burning diesel buses that serve 58 MetroBus routes in eastern Missouri and southwestern Illinois. Metro also operates MetroLink light rail vehicles on 46 miles of track serving 38 stations in the two-state area, and operates Metro Call-A-Ride, a paratransit fleet of 122 vans. Metro Transit is a Bi-State Development enterprise.

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