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Metro Transit-St. Louis logs ridership record during Stanley Cup celebration
On June 15, the Metro Transit-St. Louis MetroLink light-rail system logged a record 100,000-plus boardings as passengers traveled to downtown St. Louis for a celebration honoring the St. Louis Blues' Stanley Cup Championship.
In preparation of large crowds expected to take MetroLink to the championship parade and rally, the Metro Transit and MetroLink police scheduled extra security, dozens of additional transit operations personnel, customer service representatives and volunteer employee ambassadors to assist riders, Metro Transit officials said in a press release.
Additional trains were put into service to transport crowds gathered at MetroLink stations in Illinois and Missouri.
Bus shuttles were deployed to help alleviate some overcrowding at light-rail stations. More than 90 express trips were operated between the busiest stations and downtown to serve more than 7,000 boardings, officials said.
On a typical Saturday in June, MetroLink logs about 25,000 boardings, they said. Event-day boardings are higher, but last week’s boardings trumped the previous single-day record of 86,000 boardings during Game 7 of the 2011 World Series.
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