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July 22, 2016 | 2 Comments

MetroLink Work Scheduled July 25-31

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MetroLink passengers are encouraged to allow extra time for their commutes next week as maintenance work on the MetroLink system may result in delays for some passengers.

To accommodate work crews, Red Line MetroLink service will end at the College MetroLink Station and a Shuttle Train will transport passengers to and from the Shiloh-Scott MetroLink Station during the evenings of July 25 through July 29. Additionally, MetroLink will operate on a single track between the College and Shiloh-Scott Stations during the early mornings from July 26 through July 29.

In downtown St. Louis, MetroLink will operate on a single track between the Stadium and Laclede’s Landing MetroLink Stations all day on July 30 and during the morning on July 31, and Blue Line trains will only operate between the Shrewsbury-Lansdowne I-44 and Forest Park-DeBaliviere Stations that weekend.

On Monday through Friday (July 25-29) from 8 p.m. until end of service, regular Red Line MetroLink service will end at the College Station. Passengers who normally park at the Shiloh-Scott Station are encouraged to park at the College Station to avoid delays after 8 p.m.

On Tuesday through Friday (July 26-29) from the beginning of service until 5:30 a.m., MetroLink will operate on a single track between the College and Shiloh-Scott MetroLink Stations.

On Saturday (July 30) from the beginning of service to the end of service, and Sunday (July 31) from the beginning of service until noon, MetroLink will operate on a single track at the Stadium, 8th & Pine, Convention Center and Laclede’s Landing Stations, and Blue Line trains will only operate between the Shrewsbury-Lansdowne I-44 and Forest Park-DeBaliviere Stations..

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2 thoughts on “MetroLink Work Scheduled July 25-31”

  1. Kelly Dunn says:

    A suggestion for times that the Blue Line terminates at Forest Park.

    It would seem to me as well as other passengers that the Blue Line coming ifrom Shrewsbury should arrive at the Forest Park Station a couple of minutes before the Red Line continuing on to Shiloh Scott as well as the return to Shrewsbury. Since we are already have to experience the maintenance downtown (or wherever) why should we have to wait ten more minutes to transfer at Forest Park?

    I am sure a lot of passengers would be pleased.

    Think about it. Other systems handle this like clockwork (CTA, MARTA, etc).

    Thank you.

    Thank you.

    1. Matthew Hibbard says:

      Kelly,

      MetroLink has a very active program of maintenance, including work that must be performed on tracks, signals and overhead catenary wires. The original MetroLink alignment is now 21 years old, and some of that system is scheduled for updating. To the greatest extent possible, we perform this work at times that will minimize the impact to our customers. Therefore, much of our work is performed late in the evenings and on weekends. There simply is not enough time between the end of service in the evening and beginning of service the next day to perform all maintenance activities during non-operating periods.

      For the most part, outside of this track maintenance, a Blue Line train should be timed correctly, so that it arrives a few minutes before a Red Line train making connections seamless. This coordination had to be modified due to the single track operation happening on the Eads Bridge. During this single track period, a train waits a few minutes to allow the oncoming train to cross the river. These minutes add up, resulting in a less than ideal transfer point at the Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink Station.

      The good news? Change is around the corner. On August 22, Metro will enact a Quarterly Service Change resulting in the modification of MetroLink schedules. This change will better coordinate arrival times at the Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink Station, making transfers from Blue Line to Red Line much more cohesive.

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