Metro Transit rolls out new security and ticketing measures

ST. LOUIS - A MetroLink pilot project starting Monday will affect how riders access three different MetroLink stations. It’s all part of an effort designed to improve safety and security for the entire MetroLink system.

The stations being impacted are the North Hanley Station, the Forest Park DeBaliviere Station, and the Fairview Heights Station.

During the project, workers are going to put up bicycle racks at the stations which will change how riders get to the trains.

Metro spokesperson Patti Beck says at each of the three stations the bicycle racks will create a designated platform entrance and exit lane.

Beck says authorities will verify fares and monitor passengers as they arrive at the checkpoints.

MetroLink riders are encouraged to have their passes, tickets and valid fares out so they are ready to show them to the officers.

Beck says the project is a response to safety concerns that have been raised about MetroLink.

She tells us authorities are trying to get a better handle on who rides the trains by making sure everyone is paying valid fares.

The project will be going on for about the next four weeks.

It`s being funded through a grant awarded by the East West Gateway Council of Governments with local funds from Citizens for Modern Transit.

Beck says as it stands now, MetroLink is an open access system.

That means that in some cases there are multiple ways onto train platforms and that at some stations there is not someone who specifically checks to validate fare tickets.

She says the information from this project will be used to see if changes need to be made to the system.