The first home game of the season for the St. Louis Cardinals is Monday afternoon, April 13. Since the home opener is scheduled on a work day, parking in downtown St. Louis will be at a premium. The best bet for Redbird fans is to take MetroLink or MetroBus to the rallies and the game at Busch Stadium.
There are 20 free Park-Ride lots located at MetroLink stations in both Missouri and Illinois, and baseball fans can park and then take the train to the Stadium MetroLink Station or one of several other MetroLink stations in downtown St. Louis to join in on the rallies or to dine before the game. Some of the Park-Ride lots are expected to reach capacity early, particularly at the Shrewsbury-Lansdowne I-44 and North Hanley MetroLink Stations, so fans may want to utilize other less crowded Park-Ride lots and garages.
MetroLink will have additional security and staff members on the MetroLink system Monday to assist baseball fans. Extra trains will be added, as needed.
In addition to MetroLink and MetroBus routes getting fans to downtown St. Louis, the Redbird Express will resume operations Monday. The first Redbird Express leaves from the Water Tower at St. Clair Square in Fairview Heights, Illinois 2 ½ hours before the game with service every 3 to 5 minutes. On Monday, the Redbird Express buses will begin running at noon. More information about the Redbird Express service can be found on the St. Clair County Transit District website, www.scctd.org, under the Special Services tab.
For information on MetroLink and MetroBus service, and the location of Metro Park-Ride lots, visit www.metrostlouis.org . Metro customers can also call Transit Information at 314-231-2345 or 618-271-2345 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to plan their trip on Metro.
About Bi-State Development Agency
The Bi-State Development Agency (BSDA) 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; 379 MetroBus vehicle fleet that operates on 77 MetroBus routes; and Metro Call-A-Ride, a paratransit fleet of 120 vans. BSDA 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 and Gateway Arch Transportation System. The region’s new freight district also will be operated by BSDA.