Citizens for Modern Transit and Metro Transit will launch a special pilot project on Monday, September 10, that will look at the impact of MetroLink station designs and passenger movement on the light rail system. As part of the MetroLink Access Project, temporary fencing will be put in place at three MetroLink stations in the bi-state region that will alter how riders access station platforms.
“Safety and security on the Metro Transit system requires a well-defined and coordinated approach, including personnel presence, partnership with regional law enforcement, technology, and station design,” said Jessica Mefford-Miller, interim Executive Director of Metro Transit. “This pilot project will help us better understand the role that station design plays in this approach.”
The MetroLink Access Project will run for approximately four weeks at the North Hanley, Forest Park-DeBaliviere and Fairview Heights MetroLink Stations. During the project, Metro Transit security officers and Metro Public Safety officers will check fares and monitor MetroLink passengers as they arrive at the modified platform access points. Each of the three stations will have designated platform entrance and exit areas, so MetroLink riders are asked to follow the directional signage to help cut down on delays. MetroLink riders using these project stations are also encouraged to have their passes, tickets and valid fares out before they arrive at the checkpoints so they are ready to show them to the officers. This will help keep lines moving during peak commute times and speed up the process of riders getting to the platform to catch their trains. Metro Ambassadors will be at the three stations on September 10 and September 11 to assist riders during the morning and evening rush hour commute.
The MetroLink Access Project is funded through a grant awarded by East-West Gateway Council of Governments with local funds provided by Citizens for Modern Transit.
About Metro Transit
Metro Transit 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 80 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.