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August 20, 2018

Ride Metro to Avoid Bridge Construction Delays and Gridlock

With all lanes of the Martin Luther King Bridge scheduled to close next week, as well as ongoing lane closures on the Poplar Street Bridge due to construction work, Metro Transit is a great option, especially for St. Clair County commuters who need to get to work on time in St. Louis and want to avoid the stress of sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic.

The Martin Luther King Bridge will be closed from August 27 through the fall of 2019 as part of a yearlong project to repair roads and ramps serving the bridge. Extensive delays are expected on the Poplar Street Bridge and Stan Musial Memorial Bridge, especially during the morning rush hour as the motorists who currently take the Martin Luther King Bridge look for alternative routes. This will also add to the volume and congestion on the Poplar Street Bridge, which has ongoing lane closures due to construction for bridge improvements.

Motorists crossing the Mississippi River who want to avoid these Mississippi River bridge construction projects and traffic delays should visit, a one-stop resource that can help first-time transit riders and others learn about all of the public transportation options available to them. Visitors to the site can find an updated list of major road and bridge construction projects, and links to trip-planning resources, Metro Transit information and other transportation services, including RideFinders, Madison County Transit and St. Clair County Transit. First-time riders can also learn more about Citizens for Modern Transit’s Try & Ride Program, which invites new riders to try public transit for free for one month.

To plan your trip on Metro Transit and avoid sitting in bridge traffic during construction work, visit or connect with a Metro Transit Information team member who will help you create a personalized trip plan. Contact Metro Transit Information by calling 314-231-2345 or 618-271-2345 or texting 314-207-9786, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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.

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