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August 6, 2018

Construction to Begin on Central West End MetroLink Station Platform Extension

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Construction will soon be underway on the extension of the platform at the Central West End MetroLink Station.

The platform will remain open during the project, which is expected to take about six months to complete, but temporary closures may be necessary at times during construction. Advance notice will be provided for Metro riders if temporary closures are required.

The walkway which connects the MetroLink platform at the Central West End Transit Center to the MetroBus area in the parking garage adjacent to the station will be closed starting August 20 for the duration of the construction project.

Metro riders who transfer between MetroLink and MetroBus at the Central West End Station will now access the MetroBus area in the parking garage from Children’s Place and will access the MetroLink platform via Euclid Avenue. Metro Shuttles will transport riders who need assistance traveling between Euclid Avenue and the MetroBus area at Children’s Place and Taylor Avenue. Metro riders transferring between MetroBus and MetroLink at the Central West End Station should allow an extra 10 minutes for their commutes.    

The platform extension at the Central West End MetroLink Station is the third phase of the $15.4 million project which included the building of the new Cortex Station and the first quarter-mile portion of the Chouteau Greenway. Both of those projects were completed and opened to the public on July 31. All three phases of the project are being funded through a public-private partnership which included a federal grant of $10.3 million from the Federal Transit Administration.

The Central West End MetroLink Station is the busiest station on the 46-mile MetroLink system. The platform is being extended to the east to better accommodate the volume of riders using the station.      

Updates on Metro Transit operations can be found in the Rider Alert section, on Twitter at @STLMetro and on Facebook at St. Louis Metro Transit. For more information, contact Metro Transit Information by calling 314-231-2345 or 618-271-2345, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Metro riders can also text Metro Customer Service at 314-207-9786, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.


9 thoughts on “Construction to Begin on Central West End MetroLink Station Platform Extension”

  1. ShonDava Young says:

    So how will I make it to Shriners hospital? There is already no bus that goes down taylor and clayton and the cortex station is farther of a commute.

    1. Matthew Hibbard says:

      Not sure what your current transit commute looks like; however, keep in mind that the Central West End MetroLink Station will remain open during construction. The MetroBus transit center at the Central West End station will also remain open. Go ahead and reach out us and we can help you plan your route.

      Give us a call: 314-231-2345
      Or send us a text: 314-207-9786

  2. Dan says:

    How is this going to help? The trains are only so long. This seems like it just going to funnel people into the end doors. Wouldn’t it be better to build a platform on the south side of the tracks for Eastbound trains?

    1. Matthew Hibbard says:

      Dan, good question. First, the Central West End Transit Center — which includes the MetroLink Station and MetroBus Transit Center — is the busiest transit center in the Metro Transit system. Due to this volume, the transit center (specially the MetroLink platform) experiences overcrowding. The expansion of the platform to the east will allow passengers to spread out more easily, providing a safer transit experience for all riders. As you mentioned, this will also require a shift in passenger boarding as the platform will be longer than the two train car configuration. While building a two-platform configuration may be ideal, it’s not possible due to available real estate. A two platform configuration would also require a realignment of the rail, which is a costly endeavor. Thanks again Dan for those questions. Let me know if you have any more.

  3. Patrick Richmond says:

    Hey. How long is the construction going to last? Sometimes we can’t trust some construction guys since some of them like to read magazines while on the clock and spend way too much time having smoke breaks while on the clock. If i did that, I would be fired. I want a supervisor over there watching the guys so that they don’t spend way too much time dawdling.

    1. Matthew Hibbard says:

      Patrick, construction is expected to last six months.

  4. Susan M Mueller says:

    Is this new construction going to include some type of barrier/turnstyle that will not allow people without a paid fair onto the metrolink platform?

    1. Matthew Hibbard says:

      Susan, this construction does not include barrier/turn style modifications.

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