March 20, 2015
Loop Trolley Construction to Impact Metro Transit Service to Forest ParkReturn to Blog
The Loop Trolley project will impact MetroBus routes serving Forest Park as well as how MetroLink customers will be able to access the Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink Station for several months starting on March 30. The changes are necessary in order to accommodate construction work and the closure and demolition of the DeBaliviere Bridge at the Forest Park Parkway.
- #90 Hampton – From March 30 to Sept. 27, the #90 Hampton will not provide service into Forest Park, and will instead reroute around Forest Park via Kingshighway Blvd. and Pershing Avenue (map). During this period, passengers connecting to the #90 Hampton from the Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink Station will need to board the bus on Pershing Avenue at DeBaliviere Avenue, just north of the MetroLink station.
- #3 Forest Park Trolley (map and schedule below) – To accommodate employees at Forest Park attractions who would normally take the #90 Hampton to work, the #3 Forest Park Trolley will offer limited service beginning Monday, March 30. From March 30 to April 30, the #3 Forest Park Trolley will operate seven days a week between 6:21 a.m. and 10:37 a.m. each morning, and between 2:21 p.m. and 5:37 p.m. each afternoon. The trolley will start its route at Pershing and DeBaliviere Avenues, just north of the Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink Station, and make stops at the Visitor’s Center, Grand Basin, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis Zoo and the Boathouse. The #3 Forest Park Trolley will begin full-day operations on Friday, May 1.
- The Park-Ride Lot serving the Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink Station will be open and accessible to vehicles during construction.
- The west staircase and west elevator at the Forest Park-DeBaliviere Station will close on March 29, and passengers will need to use the east staircase and east elevator to access the station platform. Passengers using the park-ride lot will need to cross DeBaliviere Avenue to access the east staircase or elevator.
- The kiss and ride loop at the Forest Park-DeBaliviere Station, which allows vehicles to drop-off and pick-up riders at the station, will be closed to vehicle traffic throughout the duration of the construction.
Demolition on the DeBaliviere Bridge at Forest Park Parkway is scheduled to begin Friday, April 24. That weekend, MetroLink will not operate at the Forest Park-DeBaliviere Station, and MetroLink Station Shuttles will be used to transport customers by bus around the affected area. More information on the shuttle service will be provided in April.
9 thoughts on “Loop Trolley Construction to Impact Metro Transit Service to Forest Park”
I predict the probability that the 90 Hampton will be unable to meet its schedule during the evening between Oakland Ave and DeBaliviere is 95% or greater. The congestion on Kingshighway and I-64 is virtually guaranteed to make the trip take longer than 10 minutes.
While delays are a possibility, our planning department has determined this reroute will be less congested than by going through Forest Park (which the #3 Forest Park Trolley will now serve on a limited schedule). The Loop Trolley construction on the DeBaliviere Bridge limits our access points to and from the Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink Station as well.
And using Skinker as a reroute will result in less congestion than either Kingshighway or through the park.
question about pedestrian access. Will pedestrians be able to cross Forest Park Parkway from DeBalievie to get to Forest Park?
Yes. Pedestrians will be able to access Forest Park using the sidewalk on the east side of DeBaliviere Avenue.
Is the demolition of the bridge a permanent thing or will it be rebuilt?
It will be rebuilt.
What’s the purpose behind the project?
Peter, the purpose of the DeBaliviere Avenue bridge closure is due to construction related to the Loop Trolley. The bridge is expected to be demolished and rebuilt to accommodate pedestrian, vehicular and Loop Trolley traffic.