Gateway Multimodal Transportation Center

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Gateway Transportation Center
St Louis Amtrak Station.jpg
A view of the rail platform at St. Louis' Gateway Station
Station statistics
Address 430 South 15th Street
St. Louis, MO 63103
Line(s) Amtrak
Connections Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach,
St. Louis Metrolink
MetroBus
Metrolink Rail Lines:
Platforms 2 island platforms (Amtrak)
1 island platform (Metro)
Tracks 4 (Amtrak)
2 (Metro)
Parking Yes; Paid
Other information
Opened 2008
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code STL
Owned by City of St. Louis (Amtrak)
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 378,146[1] Increase 6.9% (Amtrak)
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Kansas City
Missouri River Runner Terminus
Terminus Lincoln Service
toward Chicago
Texas Eagle
MetroLink
Red Line
toward Shiloh-Scott
Blue Line

The Gateway Multimodal Transportation Center, also known as Gateway Transportation Station or Gateway Station, is a rail and bus terminal station in downtown St. Louis, Missouri. Opened in 2008 and operating 24 hours a day, it serves Amtrak, St. Louis MetroLink, MetroBus regional buses, Greyhound cross-country buses, and taxis. Missouri's largest rail transportation station, it is located one block east of St. Louis Union Station.

Gateway Station cost $31.4 million to build.[2] After more than a year of delays, it fully opened November 19, 2008, with Amtrak service.

The station's unique design has won several awards, including 2009 St. Louis Construction News and Real Estate Regional Excellence Award,[3] 2008 Best New Building by the Riverfront Times newspaper,[4] and the 2009 Award of Merit - Illuminating Engineering Society Illumination Awards.[5]

The station's food court hosts local sundries-and-deli businesses and franchised food outlets of KFC and Pizza Hut.

Transportation[edit]

Gateway Station serves as a terminal hub for:

Amtrak[edit]

Of the 12 Missouri stations served by Amtrak, St. Louis was the busiest in FY2010, seeing an average of nearly 900 passengers daily. The station is served by Amtrak's Missouri River Runner, Lincoln Service, and the Texas Eagle,[6] with all but Texas Eagle originating and terminating at the station.

Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach connections[edit]

Amtrak runs a daily bus, the Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach, to Carbondale, Illinois, where passengers can board the City of New Orleans train.

MetroLink (light rail)[edit]

Gateway Station is next to the 1993-built Civic Center (St. Louis MetroLink) station, which serves the Red Line and Blue Line.

It takes about 30 minutes to travel to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport's East and Main Terminals via the Metro Red Line.

The Transportation Center would also be the hub for the two proposed St. Louis Commuter Rail lines.[7]

Bus connections[edit]

City buses[edit]

MetroBus[edit]

Many MetroBus routes stop at the center, including:

  • 4 Natural Bridge
  • 8 Bates Morgan Ford
  • 10 Gravois Lindell
  • 11 Chippewa
  • 30 Soulard
  • 32 Martin Luther King - Chouteau
  • 41 Lee
  • 73 Carondelet
  • 74 Florissant
  • 80 Park-Shaw
  • 94 Page
  • 97 Delmar
  • 99 Downtown Trolley
  • 40X I-55 Mehlville Express
  • 58X Twin-Oaks Express
  • 410X Eureka Express
  • 174X Halls Ferry Express
  • 36X Bissell Hills Express
Madison County Transit[edit]

The center is also a terminal for several bus routes of the Madison County Transit System, which serves the Metro East area of St. Louis.

  • 18X Collinsville Express
  • 16X Edwardsville – Glen Carbon Express
  • 14X Highland – St. Louis Express
  • 3X Gateway Commerce Center Express
  • 1X Riverbend Express

Greyhound Bus Lines[edit]

Greyhound Lines station in St. Louis with the Scottrade Center in the background on 24 May 2010

Greyhound Bus Lines offers more than six national routes from Gateway Station. The center has 12 bus bays and separate security and arrival/departure gates.

MegaBus[edit]

Megabus offers express city-to-city service at Union Station on its M5 route (Normal, Illinois / Chicago, northbound; Columbia, Missouri / Kansas City, westbound; Memphis, Tennessee, southbound).

Rental cars[edit]

Budget Rent a Car has a desk next to the Greyhound ticketing counters, and other rental car companies can be contracted for pickup at the station.

Taxis[edit]

The center has immediate 24-hour taxi service at its west entrance.

Approximate travel time by taxi, non-rush hour:

  • Downtown St. Louis hotels: 5–8 minutes
  • St. Louis International Airport: 25–30 minutes
  • MidAmerica St. Louis Airport: 30 minutes
  • Gateway Arch/Laclede's Landing: 8 minutes
  • America's Center/Convention Center: 8–10 minutes
  • Midtown/Theatre District: 12 minutes
  • Central West End: 10–15 minutes
  • Clayton Business District: 15 minutes


Previous Amtrak facilities in St. Louis[edit]

The former temporary Amtrak station, a small single story utility structure

Created in 1971, Amtrak operated from St. Louis Union Station until the historic structure closed in November 1978. Amtrak then moved to a modular structure two blocks east, at 550 S. 16th St. Intended for temporary use, this station — soon dubbed "Amshack" — remained in service for 26 years, even after Union Station reopened.[8] On December 20, 2004, Amtrak moved across the street to 551 South 16th Street, a 4,000-square-foot (370 m2) masonry and steel structure built at an estimated cost of $600,000. The building now houses Amtrak operating and mechanical crews.[9]

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Coordinates: 38°37′27″N 90°12′13″W / 38.624186°N 90.203542°W / 38.624186; -90.203542