“Trolleys” Introduced for Downtown St. Louis
Tourists, Downtown Residents and Workforce Benefit
from Convenient and Fun, New Transit Service
Getting around Downtown St. Louis will be even more appealing and easy with the introduction of new trolleys, a MetroBus service. Residents, workers and tourists will be able to “jump on” to travel to all of the attractions, restaurants, hotels, stores, stadiums and office buildings in the Downtown area. The first trolleys took to the streets on Thursday, July 1, 2010.
“We are pleased to introduce this new trolley service, which will not only benefit downtown residents and workers, but also the millions of visitors St. Louis welcomes annually,” said Kitty Ratcliffe, president of the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission (CVC). “Just in time for the Fourth of July holiday weekend, this new service will enable tourists to experience more of the world-class attractions, sports venues, culture, retail and dining that St. Louis offers.”
The Trolley service is the result of a collaborative effort between Metro Transit, the Downtown St. Louis Community Improvement District and the CVC.
“We’re pleased to partner with Metro and the CVC to provide a way for Downtown dwellers to easily connect to the many attractions, restaurants and retail establishments we offer,” said Maggie Campbell, president & CEO of The Partnership for Downtown St. Louis. “It is our hope that the Downtown Trolley would reach pivotal success and someday expand to add more stops throughout Downtown to its route.”
Operated by Metro, the route is an expanded and updated version of its former MetroBus #99 Downtown Circulator, which currently accesses locations such as the City Museum.
“The #99 Downtown Trolley features a whimsical and colorful wrap that transforms buses into trolleys,” said Dianne Williams, director of communications at Metro.
The route loops through downtown from the Civic Center MetroLink Station, traveling on 14th Street, Spruce Street, Market Street, 4th Street, Broadway, and Washington Avenue to the City Museum before returning on 14th Street to the Civic Center.
“This route adjusts Metro’s service to better meet the needs of our customers in the downtown area and is being launched during the summer tourism season – exactly when it’s needed the most,” said Williams. “We expect to see more ridership on this route, not only because of its value to tourists and downtown residents and workers, but also because of its added service to people commuting from around the region into downtown.”
With the purchase of an all-day pass, customers can get on and off the shuttle all day long at any of the stops for the discounted fare of $2 for adults and $1 for children. The trolleys also accept Metro passes and transfers. Tickets can be purchased on the trolleys or at the MetroRide Center in America’s Center at 7th Street and Washington Avenue.
The new downtown trolley service will operate from 5:30 a.m. to midnight Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to midnight on Saturday. Service will reach each stop every 10 minutes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, and every 20 minutes the rest of the time.
More information on the Downtown Trolley, fares and schedules visit www.metrostlouis.org.