Lights, Camera, Metro! Guide to Taking Video/Photos On Metro Transit
You are riding home on the train. The sun is setting, pink light washing over the train yards in midtown, and you think to yourself, “This would make a great photo.” Pull out your camera, snap, and you’ve captured a great image of St. Louis, taken from MetroLink. Or maybe you and your family are taking your first bus ride around Forest Park. The kids grin excitedly, huddle together and smile for the camera. Click! You’ve captured a great family moment on transit.
Public transit is a social affair, and many people want to share what they experience when they ride. Right now, Citizens for Modern Transit is sponsoring a photo contest for the Best Transit Pic of the Month, with a winning prize of a free Metro pass for August. In order to make sure that passengers stay safe and photographers are courteous to others, Metro has a photo/video policy for the system. If you’re looking to be inspired and take photos or video on Metro, here is what you need to know before you go:
- Photographers and videographers who plan to take photos or video for commercial use, or who need to set up tripods, lighting or other equipment, need prior approval. Call the Communications Department at 314-982-1440 for approval.
- Please be advised that security personnel may approach photographers and videographers to inquire about their purpose, so please answer any questions they may have.
- Activities may be limited for security, safety or customer convenience. Stay off the gray area on MetroLink platforms or anywhere near tracks or path of buses.
- Photography and filming of critical infrastructure including MetroLink tracks, bridges, and tunnels is not permitted.
If you have any other questions or run into problems, please call the number above or email afletcher AT metrostlouis.org or tweet to @STLMetro. Have fun, and good luck!