Monday, November 24, 2008

Say hello to St. Louis' new Gateway Transportation Center

It's taken about twenty years, but St. Louis has finally celebrated the opening of its Gateway Transportation Center. In addition to Amtrak service (on the Texas Eagle route), the Center--located at 430 S. 15th St.--offers connecting MetroLink rail and Metro Bus service and as well as Greyhound bus service.

Among the amenities of the $26 million Center, passengers will find free wireless Internet access and a food court with deli sandwiches. There's also a Metropolitan Lounge for Amtrak First Class (sleeper car) passengers(1).

There is no overnight parking at the Center as of yet, but St. Louis Comptroller Darlene Green claims that, "It's being worked on as we speak."

Hopefully, St. Louis residents will see that oversight corrected sometime before 2028. In the meantime, hats off to this project finally getting done.
(1) On account of the Continental-Amtrak partnership, Continental Presidents Club members (but not American Express Platinum cardholders or members of partner airline clubs) have complimentary access to Amtrak Metropolitan Lounge and ClubAcela facilities systemwide in any class of travel.

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