December 23, 2019

Redesign of Central West End MetroLink Station Set to Begin

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A new project scheduled to begin this week will bring major improvements to the busiest station on the MetroLink light rail system, the Central West End MetroLink Station. The $7.5 million enhancements are being funded by Washington University School of Medicine and BJC HealthCare, in partnership with Metro Transit. The goal is to relieve congestion at the station as well as to improve safety and visibility. The project is expected to take about a year to complete.

Transit Operations During Construction

The MetroLink platform will remain open during construction, but the elevator at the west end of the station will be closed for demolition and reconstruction beginning on Thursday, December 26.

If you are unable to use the stairs on the west end of the Central West End Station, you can access or exit the MetroLink platform from an accessible walkway, located at the east end of the platform, which connects to the MetroBus Transit Center. A shuttle van will operate between a stop located at Children’s Place and Taylor, and a stop just north of the station’s west entrance.

Shuttle Map

Throughout the project, temporary modifications and closures will be made to the station entrances/exits to enable you to safely access the MetroLink platform. We will let you know in advance if any temporary platform closures or service interruptions are required during construction.

Station Redesign Details

  • New, monitored entrance/exit at the street level from Euclid Avenue on the west end of the station featuring a welcome center at the top of the stairs that lead down to the MetroLink platform
  • A new, wider staircase with a center handrail connecting the new Euclid Avenue entrance/exit to the platform to better accommodate passengers
  • Relocating the elevator on the station platform to relieve congestion
  • New, upgraded platform lighting
  • An expanded canopy to cover 70% of the MetroLink platform. The current canopy covers 30% of the MetroLink platform.
  • Safety improvements including a speed bump, stop sign, and new lighting at the entry to the MetroBus area of the garage which connects to the east entrance/exit of the platform.

“The Central West End Station is our busiest station with more than 4,300 riders boarding trains there every weekday. Those passengers and future riders will benefit from the improvements, which include new access control that will create a safer and more convenient transit experience through secure, monitored entry and exit points,” said Taulby Roach, Bi-State Development President and Chief Executive Officer. “The station improvements and amenities would not be possible without the funding and partnership of BJC HealthCare and Washington University School of Medicine.”


5 thoughts on “Redesign of Central West End MetroLink Station Set to Begin”

  1. Patrick Douglas Richmond says:

    I am glad their will be a van shuttling wheelchair passengers. But I want all personnel working on this project to refrain from smoking while they are on the clock and no spacing off into space while they are on the clock. Cigarettes are bad for you anyway.

  2. BOB GASTREICH says:


    1. Jerry says:

      The east stairwell at Union Station will reopen later this month. It’s been closed due to construction along the light rail system and due to ongoing work along Clark Street and at the Post Office.

  3. Hi Jerry,

    I work at the CWE locations and I wanted to know if and when the stairs would be knocked down and out of use?

    Also, is there going to be a ramp leading up to the west exit?

    Also, will they close the Euclid entrance and exit totally during this renovation?


    1. Jerry says:

      Hi, Donna – the current staircase will be taken down during the middle of this year. However, a new staircase will be built and available for use at that point. There are not plans to build a ramp, but a brand new elevator is being built to accommodate those who use mobility devices or have trouble navigating stairs. At this point, there are no plans to completely close the Euclid entrance during renovation. That entrance should remain throughout the project.

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