Sunday, August 31, 2014

St. Louis: Linking Yourself With the Metro

Arch-Laclede's Landing is the Metrolink Station for the world-famous monument

It's been over 10 years since I last visited this historic city, so with Delta Air Lines offering incredible last-minute fares over Labor Day weekend, it was a great opportunity to evaluate its awesome transit system while earning some miles.

Metro Transit is best known as the operator of the public transportation system for the bi-state St. Louis metropolitan region, with MetroLink (light rail), MetroBus and Metro Call-A-Ride. Light rail consists of two lines, the Red Line (Lambert Airport <> Shiloh-Scott) and the Blue Line (Shrewsbury <> Fairview Heights), overlapping between Forest Park and Fairview Heights.

Between Lambert-St. Louis International Airport and downtown
Red Line

Red and Blue serve all at and between Forest Park and Fairview Heights

Getting Around Forest Park
Forest Park is the city's main park complex, and the former grounds of the World's Fair. The brightly painted Bus Line 3 is also known as the Forest Park Trolley, and all Metro tickets are valid on this line. It's a seasonal service, providing frequent trips and quick connections from the Forest Park-DeBaliviere Station to various attractions in Forest Park, such as the Missouri History Museum, Forest Park Visitors Center, Grand Basin, Norman K Probstein Golf Course, St Louis Art Museum, St Louis Zoo, Boat House, World's Fair Pavilion, Pagoda Circle, the Muny, Jewel Box, Steinberg Skating Rink, Central Fields, Planetarium and St Louis Science Center.

Downtown and Vicinity
Behind the Arch, downtown St. Louis is served by the two train lines as well as many bus routes, and also easily covered on foot. Highlights include the Old Courthouse, Kiener Park, City Garden, Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tours, Busch Stadium, Ballpark Village, Union Station and many others.

A world-famous monument viewed from an 1800's bridge spanning America's greatest river

Tips for Iconic Arch Photos!
  • Gateway Arch and skyline - take any rail line to East Riverfront Station and walk toward the Casino Queen parking lot.
  • Old Courthouse with the Arch behind it - go to Kiener Plaza, in the area around the Running Man sculpture and fountain
  • Arch within an arch - platform of the Arch-Laclede's Landing Station, where you can see the Gateway Arch peeking from within one of the arches of Eads Bridge
St. Louis Metro Transit's "next" bus and train schedules a clickable on your phone's Google Maps app. Just activate the transit layer, zoom in to your location and click on the bus or train station icon.

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