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Forest Park Trolley Kicks Off for 2013 Summer Season
Visitors can ride the #3 Metro Forest Park Trolley Service line, daily from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., seven days a week, beginning April 8 through September 29, with extended summer hours, 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
ST. LOUIS (SLFP.com) - As Bi-State area residents and tourists head to Forest Park this summer to enjoy the many popular attractions, one of their best options to avoid the traffic jams and parking issues is to take the Metro Forest Park Trolley.
Metro Transit has partnered again this season with Forest Park Forever and its Park partners, the Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri History Museum, Saint Louis Science Center, and Saint Louis Zoo, to bring this valuable Trolley service to the region. The Metro Forest Park Trolley will operate daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from April 8 through September 29, 2013. The service will be extended during the peak summer tourist season until 7 p.m. each night from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day and on weekends only in October. The Trolley will take visitors to all Forest Park attractions, as well as the Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink Station.
A one-day Trolley ticket for adults is $2 and children ages 5 to 12 ride for $1. Seniors 65 and older and disabled customers ride for $1 a day with a valid Metro Reduced Fare Permit. Children ages 4 and under ride free.
A valid Metro Reduced Fare permit is required for the Senior and Disabled discount. Kids four and under ride free. Two convenient Park N' Ride options are available for visitors: the Twin Parking Lots across from the Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center and the Upper Muny Parking Lot. From these lots, visitors can hop aboard the Forest Park Trolley for a lift to their desired attraction.
The Traffic Relief Route will also be returning this season. It will be implemented by the Park Rangers on days when traffic congestion is heavy at the Hampton entrance. This effort is done in coordination with MoDOT as a means to mitigate backups and closures on the interstate at Hampton. Similar to last year on heavy traffic days, drivers from Hampton will make a circular path through the park, past many parking lots at The Muny, Visitor Center, along Government Drive and both Saint Louis Zoo lots.
Forest Park Trolley hours and timing:
Forest Park Trolley Rider Tips:
- 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., daily, April 8 through September 29 and weekends only in October. Weekday service will be every 20 minutes and more frequently on weekends.
- Extended Summer hours, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., daily, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day (Saturday, May 29 - Monday, September 2.)
- During Friday, Saturday and Sunday trolley operating hours, the #90 Hampton MetroBus may reroute outside the Park. This will improve the on-time performance of the #90 Hampton and reduce the number of MetroBuses in Forest Park. Contact Metro regarding the #90 Hampton schedule at 314-231-2345.
Information on Obtaining Senior Reduced Fare Permits
- Fare is purchased on-board the Trolley, exact change required (paper or coin). Each Trolley ticket allows unlimited on & off privileges for the day the fare is purchased.
- Metro Day, Weekly and Monthly Passes are acceptable fares for the Forest Park Trolley. Day passes are available at Metro Ticket Machines located on MetroLink platforms.
- Trolley Head Signs Forest Park Trolley vehicles coming from the Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink station are identified as Southbound - To Science Center. Forest Park Trolley vehicles heading toward MetroLink are identified as Northbound To Forest Park MetroLink Station.
- The Forest Park Trolley is fully accessible.
Seniors (age 65 and older) and the disabled can ride MetroBus and MetroLink at a reduced rate. Qualifying individuals must complete the following:
Trolley information and a map of the Forest Park Trolley route can be found at www.metrostlouis.org or by calling Customer Service at 314-231-2345 or 618-271-2345 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
- Apply in person at the MetroRide Store - 701 Convention Plaza St. Louis, MO 63101 - or at one of Metro's mobile registration events. MetroRide Store hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Show a government issued picture identification card verifying age (age 65 and older) Acceptable forms of identification include a state vehicle driver's license, state ID, passport or alien registration card.
Forest Park Is the 'Crown Jewel' of St. Louis
The newly renovated fountain on Government Hill beneath the World's Fair Pavilion in Forest Park.
In 1876, Forest Park was created from 1,371 acres of land west of downtown St. Louis. By the 1890s, the public park was widely used for recreation with bicycle paths, baseball diamonds and lawn tennis courts. An expanded lake provided parkgoers with an opportunity for boating in the summer and skating in the winter. Funds were raised to develop the St. Louis Zoo by the Forest Park Zoological Association.
The western half of the metropolitan park was used as the site for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in 1904. Today, the Saint Louis Art Museum occupies one of the few remaining structures built for the Fair. The Missouri Historical Society is comprised of the new Emerson Electric Center and the Jefferson Memorial Building. The building was the first memorial built to honor Thomas Jefferson and was funded with proceeds from the 1904 Fair.
A natural amphitheater near Art Hill was developed as The Muny in 1917 with proceeds from a theatrical production called the Pageant and Masque which was performed on a stage built over part of the Grand Basin.
In 1936, an Art Deco-style Conservatory opened in Forest Park. The Jewel Box is surrounded by rose gardens, lily ponds, statuary and monuments and houses seasonal displays.
The site of a razed Mounted Police Station became space for the McDonnell Planetarium which was completed in 1963. In 1984, the city sold the Planetarium to the Museum of Science and Natural History. The building, renamed the St. Louis Science Center, is connected by a highway overpass and tunnel to its new headquarters, south of Forest Park.
Private donors to Forest Park Forever paid for the $1.1 million restoration of the World's Fair Pavilion. The current renovation is the first of three scheduled phases of Forest Park Master Plan. Forest Park is used by more than 12 million visitors a year. Forest Park Forever was founded in 1986 to work in partnership with the Department of Parks, Recreation & Forestry to rehabilitate and maintain the Forest Park as the "Crown Jewel" of the metropolitan area.
The annual Great Forest Park Balloon Glow and the Great Forest Park Balloon Race is held on Central Field, located just north of the Jewel Box. The Concours d'Elegance and Easter Car Show is held on the Muny upper parking lot.
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