St. Louis Light Rail to go from 2-car to single-car operation

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St. Louis Light Rail to go from 2-car to single-car operation
Posted by daveklepper on Wednesday, September 27, 2023 11:38 AM

Bi-State Development Agency (St. Louis Metro) will launch a pilot program to put single-car trains into daily service instead of the two-car trains that MetroLink typically operates beginning Oct 2. During the pilot period, single-car trains will operate seven days a week throughout the 46-mile MetroLink system in the city of St. Louis and St. Louis County in Missouri and St. Clair County in Illinois. St. Louis Metro will evaluate the flexibility and resource-usage of single-car train service and see how it may be applied to improve transit service for customers.

“The pandemic has changed our region in a number of ways, including how people travel and how they use transit,” said Charles Stewart, COO of St. Louis Metro. “We’ll be testing single-car service this fall to see if more flexibility on MetroLink makes better use of our workforce resources and provides opportunities to try out new innovative options that may better serve the changing travel patterns of our MetroLink riders.”

Operating single-car MetroLink trains provides some advantages, including:

  • One MetroLink train car is more efficient for security to patrol
  • Wear and tear on the machinery is reduced in half
  • Service can be provided more efficiently at current ridership levels


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Posted by Gramp on Wednesday, September 27, 2023 9:54 PM

Have used it when I had family there. Though it's a useful line running from the airport past UMSL to Amtrak and downtown attractions, I would be leary today.  Just as Amtrak warns you to be vigilant when getting off the train there, crime is rampant. 

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