With many people expected to go to the festivities at Fair Saint Louis, Metro has plans to assist the expected large crowds.
MetroLink will operate on a normal weekend schedule on Saturday and Sunday. On July 4, the local light-rail system will be on a Sunday schedule as well.
Extra trains are planned to run after 6 p.m. during the three-day weekend to accommodate crowds attending Fair Saint Louis.
In order to minimize wait times after the fireworks each night, Blue Line passengers are encouraged to go to Skinker MetroLink Station. Red Line passengers are encouraged to go to the Forest Park-DeBaliviere station.
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MetroBus will operate a normal weekend schedule and a Sunday schedule on July 4.
Patti Beck, spokeswoman for Bi-State Development, which operates Metro, said Fair Saint Louis is the highest ridership event of the year for the public transit agency.
Madison County Transit is not scheduled to operate on the Monday holiday.
During the three-day weekend, Illinois State Police plans to focus on identifying drunk drivers, people speeding, people not wearing seatbelts and those who are driving while distracted, the law enforcement agency said.
State police is reminding motorists to drive sober or to have a designated driver while celebrating during the holiday weekend.
“This holiday weekend will be safer and more enjoyable time if everyone does their part. Remember, designate a driver before the celebration begins,” said ISP Colonel Tad Williams. “ISP troopers will be doing their part to keep the roadway safe by watching for and arresting intoxicated drivers.”
The Illinois Department of Transportation also plans to suspend non-emergency road work during the weekend, and lane closures, where possible, are set to be removed to expedite travel for the high volume of traffic that is expected, the agency said.
IDOT plans to suspend work through Monday night to improve traffic flow.