Good afternoon, St. Louis. Thank you for joining us for our monthly Live Chat. Go ahead and ask us any questions you have about navigating the region via MetroBus or MetroLink. We’re also happy to answer any questions you have about Metro Transit and what’s in store down the road.
Denis and Denny, we're working closely with our law enforcement partners to deliver a comprehensive security strategy that delivers a safe, comfortable and welcoming transit experience. Part of that approach includes changes to the physical design of our MetroLink Stations. Last year, we made changes to three stations – North Hanley, Forest Park-DeBaliviere, Fairview Heights – that creates designated access points to the platform, and staffed those entrances and exits with security personnel who greet passengers and check fares. This received positive feedback from riders, law enforcement and security staff, and this spring, we will expand this program to two of our most popular stations – the Central West End and Delmar Loop MetroLink Stations. In addition, we have started the redesign of five original MetroLink Stations using Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design principles, which uses clear sight lines, lighting and other features to create safer stations that deliver a better experience for customers. Complimenting these efforts is a change in deployment strategy that began last year, with increased patrols and increased presence of law enforcement and security staff on the system. As you note, retrofitting 38 stations with turnstiles, maintaining them, and staffing them so they are monitored is cost-prohibitive, and is not the best use of taxpayer resources. Instead, by making strategic design changes to stations and increasing security presence throughout the system, we are creating a more comprehensive approach to safety on the system. And, expect to see continued progress as we move forward in the weeks and months ahead.
Downtown Resident, no, with the Blues in town on Friday night, we'll delay those single-track operations. Blue Line trains will operate normal service between Shrewsbury and Fairview Heights until after the game. #LGB