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March 22, 2012

MetroLink Delays to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport: for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

Dianne Williams
Director of Communications
314-982-1440

Westbound MetroLink customers traveling to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport this weekend should allow an extra 15 minutes for their commutes. The delays are due to ongoing rail grinding maintenance work.

Beginning at 8 p.m.on Friday, March 23, until the end of service, MetroLink will conduct rail grinding on the tracks between the North Hanley MetroLink Station and the Lambert Airport Terminals. To accommodate the crews, MetroLink will operate on a single track at the Lambert Airport Terminal #2 MetroLink Station. During the single track operations, westbound Red Line customers will experience 10 to 15 minute delays. Blue Line customers will not be affected.

Beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 24 and 25, until the end of service, MetroLink will conduct rail grinding on the tracks between the North Hanley MetroLink Station and the Lambert Airport Terminals. To accommodate the crews, MetroLink will operate on a single track at the Lambert Airport Terminal #2 MetroLink Station. During the single track operations, westbound Red Line customers will encounter delays of 10 to 15 minutes. The maintenance work will not impact Blue Line customers this weekend.

NOTE: As the special equipment used for the rail grinding slowly moves down the tracks through different communities, it is important to remind residents that the rail grinder creates sparks. On occasion, these sparks will touch off small fires along the tracks. A fire suppression crew follows directly behind the rail grinder to immediately douse any flames. Metro has contacted emergency responders in the affected communities in advance.

Updates on MetroLink operations can be found in the Rider Alert section or by calling Customer Service at 314-231-2345 or 618-271-2345 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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