Gateway Multimodal Transportation Center
||It has been suggested that Civic Center (St. Louis MetroLink) be merged into this article. (Discuss) Proposed since December 2012.|
A view of the rail platform at St. Louis' Gateway Station
|Location||430 South 15th Street
St. Louis, MO 63103
|Owned by||City of St. Louis (Amtrak)|
|Platforms||2 island platforms (Amtrak)
1 island platform (Metro)
|Connections||Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach,
St. Louis Metrolink
Metrolink Rail Lines:
|Passengers (2013)||378,146 6.9% (Amtrak)|
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.
The station's unique design has won several awards, including 2009 St. Louis Construction News and Real Estate Regional Excellence Award, 2008 Best New Building by the Riverfront Times newspaper, and the 2009 Award of Merit - Illuminating Engineering Society Illumination Awards.
Gateway Station serves as a terminal hub for:
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, with all but Texas Eagle originating and terminating at the station.
Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach
It takes about 30 minutes to travel to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport's Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 via the Metro Red Line.
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
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
Greyhound offers more than six national routes from Gateway Station. The center has 12 bus bays and separate security and arrival/departure gates.
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).
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.
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
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. 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.
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- Status of Amtrak's Texas Eagle trains through St. Louis
- St. Louis, MO (STL) (Amtrak's Great American Stations)
- Former St. Louis Amtrak Stations (USA RailGuide -- TrainWeb)