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December 14, 2010

Union Station Tunnels Get An Upgrade in Infrastructure

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Everybody needs an upgrade now and again.  The tunnels under Union Station were part of the vast system of rail tunnels and lines used by Union Station when it served as the largest train depot in the country.  Now, a few of them support MetroLink lines.  As part of a capital restoration project (capital meaning infrastructure, as opposed to daily operations) the tunnels are getting new steel beams to replace the older, structural deficient ones.

The project is almost finished, and there are no expected service delays.  And we get a stronger and better tunnel.

Looking north towards old rail post office building. See any ghosts? A post office building first appeared in Union Station in the 1890's.

Union Station Tunnel looking west. Many westward travelers years ago had the same view.

Tunnel top at Union Station looking towards the mall, restored in 1985.

Crews are pulling out aged material and replacing.

Repaving the Union Station parking lot. They asked us to please pick up after ourselves.

What is new in the tunnels is what you can’t see: Metro worked with the Transportation Security Administration and other federal agencies to install modern intrusion detection equipment to keep the area safe.

Metro will be undergoing a number of major capital projects these year, including the new Scott Transit Plaza at the Grand MetroLink Station, the Eads Bridge Rehabilitation, and more.  We’ll let you know how everything is progressing!

Capital Projects

2 thoughts on “Union Station Tunnels Get An Upgrade in Infrastructure”

  1. Eli Karabell says:

    What a great project!!!! I will be excited to see all of the projects completed. Go Metro!

  2. William Koehler says:

    You people at Bistate or Metrolink Bus need to add back a few Bus stops slow your Speed limits down for safety and comfort to stop the Herky Jerkys and put Seat Belts on the Buses.Also enforce no music without earphones or eating or drinking.
    FIX ROUTES SO Buses over lap better so we have better chance of being on time.

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