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Metro Transit announced it experienced a record number of MetroLink boardings, more than 100,000, on Saturday, June 15, as the bi-state region came to St. Louis to celebrate the St. Louis Blues Stanley Cup Championship with a parade downtown followed by a huge rally on the Gateway Arch grounds. Image courtesy Metro Transit
MetroLink Saw Record Number of Boardings on Stanley Cup Championship Parade and Rally Day
Extra trains were put into service earlier than anticipated Saturday morning to transport the large crowds gathering at MetroLink stations in Illinois and especially in Missouri to the Stanley Cup Parade and Rally.
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), June 19, 2019 - Metro Transit announced it experienced a record number of MetroLink boardings, more than 100,000, on Saturday, June 15, as the bi-state region came to St. Louis to celebrate the St. Louis Blues Stanley Cup Championship with a parade downtown followed by a huge rally on the Gateway Arch grounds.
To put that in perspective, boardings on the 46-mile light rail system on a normal Saturday of service in June without a sporting event or major concert, are approximately 25,000.
"We were proud to play an important role in getting people to and from the special celebrations downtown on Saturday. Thank you, fans, for bringing your patience and great attitudes as you shared full MetroLink trains with hundreds of other excited Blues hockey fans," said Taulby Roach, President & CEO of Bi-State Development. "It was our pleasure to serve you. We appreciate your trust and confidence in our transit system and we hope to see you back on the train soon, taking it or MetroBus to work, going to a baseball game or to Fair Saint Louis next month."
Previous single event day high volume boardings in recent years were recorded for Game 7 of the 2011 World Series (Cardinals vs. Rangers), at more than 86,000 boardings. Two other single day events with extremely high boardings were related to Fair Saint Louis. On July 4, 2014, with Fair Saint Louis crowds at Forest Park, the boardings were approximately 85,000, and on July 4, 2013, with fairgoers at the Gateway Arch grounds, boardings were approximately 84,000.
"Saturday was a great day for Metro Transit, and for the Blues, the city and the region. We dedicated all of our resources to efficiently transport an incredibly large crowd to and from the festivities in downtown St. Louis," said Jessica Mefford-Miller, Executive Director of Metro Transit. "I am so proud of our transit team and of our customers, many of which who were first-time riders. We are a great option, not just for special events, but every day. More customers are choosing Metro to avoid construction, because we make it easy to plan your trip on Transit app or Google map."
In preparation of large crowds expected to take MetroLink to the Stanley Cup Championship Parade and Rally, Metro Transit and MetroLink police partners scheduled extra security, dozens of additional transit operations personnel, Customer Service representatives and volunteer employee ambassadors to assist riders, many of whom were first time MetroLink passengers. Extra trains were put into service earlier than anticipated Saturday morning to transport the large crowds gathering at MetroLink stations in Illinois and especially in Missouri.
Express bus shuttles were quickly implemented to help alleviate some of the MetroLink overcrowding at several St. Louis County stations and the Forest Park-DeBaliviere Station. More than 90 express trips were operated between our busiest MetroLink stations and downtown to serve more than 7,000 boardings.
To avoid long ticket lines, MetroLink customers were encouraged to purchase their round-trip MetroLink tickets in advance by using the Metro Mobile app on their mobile devices. More than 11,000 mobile tickets were purchased Friday and Saturday. The Metro Mobile app is a pilot program that can be used on Cardinals home game days and the Forest Park Explorer.
In preparation of large crowds expected to take MetroLink to the Stanley Cup Championship Parade and Rally, Metro Transit and MetroLink police partners scheduled extra security, dozens of additional transit operations personnel, Customer Service representatives and volunteer employee ambassadors to assist riders Image courtesy Metro Transit
Missouri Receives Grant to Fix 100-year-old MacArthur Bridge
Missouri will receive up to $28.8 million in federal aid to rehabilitate the 100-year-old MacArthur Bridge, which carries rail freight and passenger trains over the Mississippi River and connects St. Louis, Missouri, to East St. Louis, Illinois.
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), June 16, 2019 - Missouri will receive up to $28.8 million in federal aid to rehabilitate the MacArthur Bridge in St. Louis. The bridge, owned by the Terminal Railroad Association, carries rail freight and passenger trains over the Mississippi River and connects St. Louis, Missouri, to East St. Louis, Illinois.
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Railroad Administration distributes the grants under the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Program and the Special Transportation Circumstances Program. More than $326 million will fund 45 state and local railroad infrastructure projects in 29 states.
The rehabilitation will allow the bridge to accommodate 315,000 pound railcars and will extend the life of the bridge until about 2085.
"This grant will fund critical repairs to the MacArthur Bridge, an important conduit between Missouri and Illinois for both freight and people," Governor Mike Parson said in a release. "When the work is complete, the bridge will be wider and safer and will last for many more years."
"This grant shows the ongoing commitment of the Federal Railroad Administration to providing critical public investments in the St. Louis area and U.S. economy. The awarded funds are critical to maintaining the current level of service to cargoes shipped by rail and passengers on Amtrak, which in turn reduces congestion and wear and tear on the region's highways," said Terminal Railroad Association President Mike McCarthy.
The Federal Railroad Administration in 2017 provided more than $7 million for the bridge's Broadway Truss component. Together, the two grants will complete the 100-year old bridge's rehabilitation.
According to a 2017 Benefit/Cost Analysis conducted by Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis, 150 million gross tons cross the river over the MacArthur and Merchants bridges combined every year.
Governor Parson Embarks on First Trade Mission to Europe
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ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), June 16, 2019 - Governor Mike Parson has embarked on his first Trade Mission to Europe to engage with leaders and attract new business to Missouri. The Governor will make several stops in France, Germany, and Switzerland over the course of the trip.
Building on Governor Parson's workforce and economic development priorities, the goals of the Trade Mission are to communicate to an international audience all that Missouri has to offer and encourage new investment in the state.
"International trade and investment play a critical role in our state's economy," Governor Mike Parson said. "We must continue to build upon our foreign relationships and promote Missouri as an ideal location for business in order to sustain economic growth and success."
Governor Parson to visit Normandy American Cemetery
Governor Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson will visit the Normandy American Cemetery and honor Missouri's fallen through a flag exchange and wreath-placing ceremony with Superintendent Scott Desjardins.
Governor Parson to meet with French employers, promote Missouri's economy
Governor Parson will participate in a roundtable with French CEOs to discuss concerns related to workforce development, promote Missouri's strong business climate, and provide a glimpse into the state's economic future. Topics of discussion will include workforce development and infrastructure improvements, geopolitical concerns, the important role Missouri plays in the U.S. economy, and future trends.
Governor Parson will have the opportunity to meet with the Canadian and U.S. Ambassadors to France, key executives of the U.S. and Canadian Industry Associations, fellow U.S. Governors, and other national and military officials.
Governor Parson to Attend Le Bourget Paris Airshow, meet with Missouri businesses
Governor Parson will attend the Paris Airshow to meet with Missouri companies that are helping grow the state's aerospace exports including Boeing, Leonardo DRS, and GNK Aerospace.
Governor Parson will also hold several other meetings with companies throughout the trip with existing relationships in Missouri to thank them for their investment in the state and encourage them to consider Missouri as an ideal location for future investment plans.
The trip is funded by the Hawthorn Foundation, a Missouri nonprofit organization.
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