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July 26, 2022 | 33 Comments

Major Transit Service Disruption Due to Flash Flooding Caused by Record Rainfall

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As of August 2, this page will no longer be updated with service information. For the latest on MetroLink service adjustments, visit our MetroLink Special Operations page.


The record rainfall in the St. Louis region is causing major service disruptions for MetroLink customers and we are doing our best to keep passengers moving. See below for the latest transit service status and details on the impacts to service sustained during the storm.

Status of Service as of August 1 – Red Line MetroLink in Service

Red Line MetroLink trains are in service between the Lambert Airport and Shiloh-Scott MetroLink Stations, and are serving all stations along the Red Line in Missouri and Illinois. MetroLink Station Shuttles are no longer transporting passengers by bus between these stations.

Blue Line MetroLink trains continue to only operate between the Shrewsbury-Lansdowne I-44 and Skinker MetroLink Stations. There is no Blue Line service east of the Skinker Station, and Blue Line trains do not connect to the Red Line at the Forest Park-DeBaliviere Station.

For riders to transfer between Red Line and Blue Line MetroLink service, MetroLink Station Shuttles are transporting riders by bus between the Delmar Loop (Red Line), Forest Park-DeBaliviere (Red Line) and Skinker (Blue Line) Stations.

  • Passengers traveling westbound to Blue Line stations should exit the train at the Forest Park-DeBaliviere Station and board a MetroLink Station Shuttle bus to the Skinker MetroLink Station. Then, board a Blue Line train to continue their westbound trip.
  • Passengers traveling eastbound from a Blue Line station toward Lambert Airport or downtown/Illinois stations should exit the train at the Skinker Station and board a MetroLink Station Shuttle bus to the Delmar Loop or Forest Park-DeBaliviere Stations. Then, board a Red Line train to continue their trip.
  • ADA passengers and individuals who require elevator access will need to exit and board the MetroLink Station Shuttle bus at the Delmar Loop Station. The elevators at the Forest Park-DeBaliviere Station sustained damage during the flash flooding on July 26 and are out of service until further notice.

Red Line and Blue Line MetroLink trains are operating every 20 minutes, but due to a speed restriction for trains along some areas of the track, passengers may experience 10 to 15 minute delays.

These modified MetroLink operations and service frequency will remain in place, 7 days a week, until further notice.


MetroLink

Flooding on MetroLink tracks at Forest Park-DeBaliviere Station

Red Line MetroLink trains were unable to operate from the Central West End Station to St. Louis Lambert International Airport due to flooding conditions on the tracks and potential flash flooding damage to MetroLink equipment, light rail tracks, network communications and signals, particularly at the Forest Park-DeBaliviere Station, which is the pivotal station where the Red Line and Blue Line connect in St. Louis. One train stuck in the floodwaters at the Delmar Loop Station has sustained significant damage.


We will continue to update our transit customers on social media, our website and through email communications to the local media. We ask for your patience with our operators and team members who are working long hours and doing their very best to provide public transit services to the region. We are facing the same issues that some residents, motorists and businesses are dealing with from damage from the record rainfall.

For questions or assistance, please contact Metro Transit Information,
available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at
314.231.2345 (phone) or 314.207.9786 (text).

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33 thoughts on “Major Transit Service Disruption Due to Flash Flooding Caused by Record Rainfall”

  1. Daniel J 🐧 Mattson says:

    are there schedules for the Metrolink shuttle buses

    1. Lindsey says:

      No, there are no schedules for these shuttles. We ask that you would plan for delays in your trip up of up to 60 minutes. Shuttles arrive at each station approximately every 20 minutes.

  2. Christie says:

    Can you all broadcast service changes over the intercom.

    1. Lindsey says:

      Due to a technical issue caused by the flooding, some of our platform announcements are unavailable at this time. Our crews are working to fix that issue, and we also have team members out throughout the system today to assist passengers. Which station are you located at?

  3. Amy Neitzel says:

    For blue line trains running every 40 minutes between Shrewsbury and UCity-Big Bend, what is the departure schedule?

  4. JH says:

    are there normal schedules for the Metrobuses

    1. Jerry says:

      Yes, MetroBus routes are operating on their normal schedules.

  5. Amy K. says:

    If Blue Line trains are running every 40 minutes between Shrewsbury and U City/Big Bend, what are their departure times?

    1. Jerry says:

      Blue Line trains are now operating every 20 minutes between Shrewsbury and University City-Big Bend. We are trying to operate the Blue Line trains near their weekend schedule departure times (which is 20 minute service) but they may be a little off as our operations have been heavily modified due to the flood damage.

  6. Karla Bergeron says:

    If I go to Hanley station to pick up a shuttle to CWE…
    1. Does the shuttle go straight thru with no stops at other stations?
    2. How many shuttles leave Hanley in an hour?

    1. Jerry says:

      The shuttle from North Hanley will visit all of the Red Line stations to Central West End. It takes about 20 minutes to travel from North Hanley to Central West End on the bus shuttle, with shuttles departing from North Hanley about every 15-20 minutes.

  7. Debra says:

    what schedule is the metrolink btwn CWE and Shiloh running? Seemed to be a weekend blue line schedule this morning but a red line weekend schedule tonight?

    1. Jerry says:

      We are trying to operate Red Line trains on their regular weekday schedule departure times during off-peak hours (non-rush hour) with a 5-10 minute delay during peak, rush hour periods to match 20-minute service. But due to these special operations, it’s not always possible to remain consistent throughout the day.

  8. Arielle says:

    How do I get to Brentwood

    1. Lindsey says:

      If you are traveling westbound to Brentwood, you will need to get off the train at Central West End, hop on one of our Station Shuttles, and take that to Skinker. From the Skinker Station you will be able to take Blue Line train the rest of the way to Brentwood. If you need additional assistance please contact Metro Transit Information: 314.231.2345 (phone) or 314.207.9786 (text).

  9. Marlene Verdun says:

    Can I get to Bush stadium from Swansea for a Cardinal game next weekend?

    1. Lindsey says:

      Yes – The Red Line is currently operating on a 20 minute schedule and there is train service between the Swansea and Stadium Stations. Please check back to this page as any service changes will be announced here.

  10. Steve says:

    Can a shuttle be picked up at the Skinker station heading to the CWE transit center or does the shuttle only handle westbound traffic?

    1. Lindsey says:

      Shuttles are available at all impacted stations going both directions. So yes, you can take a shuttle from Skinker to CWE.

  11. Harris says:

    Are bus’s still running regular tonight

    1. Lindsey says:

      Buses are running on their regular schedules.

  12. ichigo says:

    I have been waiting for the metro yesterday at University City Station when the metro came, stopped, then went back to Shrewsbury from the same side of the rails. Is it sth to be expected this evening as well?

    1. Lindsey says:

      Blue Line trains are currently operating on a 20-minute frequency between the Shrewsbury and Skinker Stations. Only the Eastbound platform at Skinker Station is in service. Eastbound trains arriving at Skinker Station and westbound trains departing from Skinker Station are both using the Eastbound platform. Passengers heading westbound from the Skinker Station toward Shrewsbury should board their train on the Eastbound platform.

  13. Lea says:

    Are there shuttles currently available to get from the S Grand Blvd transit to 8th & Pine, or to any of the down town stops?

    1. Lindsey says:

      Red Line train service is available from Shiloh-Scott to Central West End, so all downtown stations have service. The trains are running on a 20-minute frequency at this time.

  14. Stephanie says:

    Just a heads up there is flooding on Route 16 on parts of Bellevue between Clayton Rd and Manchester Rd.

  15. Elizabeth R Rojek says:

    Say I’m needing to get to the airport from Scott on Tuesday. How do I go about doing that?

    1. Lindsey says:

      Right now, you would get on a Red Line train to Central West End from Shiloh-Scott. From there you would get off the train and board one of our station shuttles that would take you to the airport. But our teams are working around the clock to restore train service, so please check back on this page as well on our social media pages before your trip for the latest on transit service.

  16. Sheila r Bornstein says:

    u guys did a great job considering the flooding. to those crabbing and moaning see if u can do a better job than metro and still they are working to get back to normal

  17. Sandra says:

    Hi,

    I just want to know is there an estimated time frame where things will be running normally again?

    1. Lindsey says:

      Our team is still assessing the damage, but we hope to have an update soon for how long these special operations will be in place.

  18. Benjamin says:

    Apparently the Westbound shuttle from Forest Park to Skinker makes a 10 minute layover at Delmar Loop Metrolink Station? And it only runs every 30 minutes? Why does the shuttle not run directly between Forest Park and Skinker? Appreciate the challenges with the flooding, but seems like an unnecessary delay…

    1. Lindsey says:

      There is not a layover as part of the normal shuttle operations, so I am not sure what might have happened with your trip. I am going to share this info with our Operations team so they can review what happened.

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