Redbird Express canceled
St. Louis Cardinals fans who planned to take the Redbird Express to Busch Stadium on Tuesday will need an alternate plan.
For the second night in a row, the Redbird Express has been canceled, according to the St. Clair County Transit District.
Metro, however, announced that regular bus and light-rail service was operating as normal and on schedule.
“At this time, (we’re) only suspending service for tonight’s game,” transit district board Chairman Herb Simmons said in a news release. “Many of the Redbird Express riders travel long distances for use of the Red Bird Service. These loyal customers need to be able to reliably count on buses being able to get them to the game on time and back to St. Clair Square in Fairview Heights in a timely manner. For those customers who purchased bus fare using the Token Transit Application, full refunds of fares will be issued.”
Transit District Managing Director Ken Sharkey said the decision by the district was a proactive move because of uncertainty about whether there were would be enough drivers to run the service on Tuesday.
The district wanted people to know well ahead of time.
The Redbird Express is a shuttle service taking Cardinals fans from St. Clair Square to Busch Stadium throughout the evening and brings fans back after the game.
Tuesday’s cancellation follows Monday’s cancellation of the service because of ongoing staffing issues at MetroBus. MetroLink and MetroBus services have been delayed several days in recent weeks due to a high number of drivers taking off or declining to work extra shifts. Staffing shortages have taken place amid contract negotiations between Metro and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 788. Drivers have been working without a contract since June.