Bi-State area athletes and families heading to the GO! St. Louis Marathon events in Downtown St. Louis this weekend are encouraged to ride MetroLink to avoid parking issues, closed streets and traffic jams.
Participants can park free at any Metro Park-Ride lot in Missouri or Illinois and take MetroLink to two downtown stations. The Union Station and Civic Center MetroLink Stations are all within a few blocks from the marathon start and finish line. MetroBus riders can also get to the MetroLink Civic Center Station via the #8 Bates-Morganford, #11 Chippewa, #73 Carondelet, and #80 Park-Shaw. Several other MetroBus routes will serve the Civic Center Transit Center after 9 a.m. Sunday.
The 14th annual event will have a major impact on Missouri MetroBus routes on Sunday, April 6 in downtown St. Louis, Soulard, Forest Park, Clayton and University City, and points in between. Street closures will begin very early in the morning and will be in place until approximately 4 p.m. on Sunday.
The following MetroBus routes will be rerouted to the MetroLink Convention Center Station from beginning of service until 9 a.m. Sunday.
#4 Natural Bridge
#10 Gravois Lindell – until 9:45 a.m.
#32 MLK Chouteau
After 9 a.m., these routes will serve the MetroLink Civic Center Station. Attendees can plan their MetroBus trips at www.metrostlouis.org.
Due to many streets being closed on Sunday to accommodate the Go! St. Louis events, 21 MetroBus routes will be rerouted. MetroBus customers should allow extra travel time for their commutes on Sunday to allow for the detours. The MetroBus reroutes include the following:
#1 Gold Line
#4 Natural Bridge
#8 Bates Morganford
#16 City Limits
#32 ML King-Chouteau
#70 Grand – will not serve Grand MetroLink Station between 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. It will serve Convention MetroLink Station.
#90 Hampton – will not serve Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink Station between 7:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. It will serve the Delmar MetroLink Station.
Part of Market Street will be shut down starting Saturday at 7 a.m. in preparation for Sunday’s events. That will impact two eastbound MetroBus routes, the #04 Natural Bridge and the #11 Chippewa.
Specific details for each reroute can be found at www.metrostlouis.org in the Rider Alert section.
The Bi-State Development Agency/Metro (BSDA/Metro) is the operator of the Metro public transportation system for the St. Louis region, which includes the 87 vehicle, 46-mile MetroLink light rail system; 372 MetroBus vehicle fleet that operates on 75 MetroBus routes; and Metro Call-A-Ride, a paratransit fleet of 120 vans. BSDA/Metro also owns and operates St. Louis Downtown Airport and its surrounding industrial business park, and the Gateway Arch Riverboats, as well as operates the Gateway Arch Revenue Collections Center, the Gateway Arch Transportation System, and the Gateway Arch Parking Facility.