Metro Transit riders who board and exit trains at the busiest station on the 46-mile MetroLink system, the Central West End MetroLink Station, will begin using a newly constructed section of the platform on Friday, January 25. At the same time, the walkway will reopen between the MetroLink platform and the MetroBus area in the adjacent parking garage. While the station has remained open during construction, the walkway has been closed since late August to accommodate construction crews who lengthened the MetroLink platform. The extra 60-feet of platform will provide more room for the high volume of riders boarding, exiting and waiting for Red and Blue Line trains, especially during morning and afternoon rush hour.
The platform extension at the Central West End MetroLink Station was the third and final phase of a $15.5 million project that included the building of the new Cortex MetroLink Station just to the east and the first quarter-mile portion of the Chouteau Greenway. Both of those projects were completed and opened on July 31. All three phases of the project were funded through a public-private partnership, which included a federal grant of $10.3 million from the Federal Transit Administration. Future customer amenities are planned at the Central West End MetroLink Station.
A special event to mark the completion of the project will be scheduled for a future date.
About Metro Transit
Metro Transit operates the St. Louis region’s public transportation system which includes 400 clean-burning diesel buses that serve 83 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 one of five enterprises operated by Bi-State Development.