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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – With Fair St. Louis relocating to Forest Park this year, the big question has been whether the traffic would be problematic. But on the fair’s first night, getting in was a lot easier than many people thought.
There were some backups on Highway 40 and Kingshighway, but in general, the traffic flowed smoothly. That can be attributed, at least in part, to the fact that the parking lots are well spread out in and around the park. Lots ranged from free to $30, and shuttles are available to those who park farther away.
But with so many transportation options, many fairgoers opted not to drive at all. People rode their bikes, took cabs, and many took the MetroLink to the Skinker and Forest Park-Debaliviere stops. Fairgoer Meg Riley says, “It’s pretty straightforward; you just look at the map and see what stop you need to get off on, and they had signs for the fair in all of the trains, so it was really simple.”
In terms of security, hundreds of police officers will keep watch in Forest Park throughout the three-day fair, and will also patrol the neighborhoods and parking lots around it.