Rail News – St. Louis light rail officials estimate up to $20 million in flood damage. For railway professionals

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07/29/2022

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The worst damage occurred to MetroLink equipment located between Forest Park-DeBaliviere and Delmar Loop stations.
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Subway Transit-St. Louis officials calculated that this week’s flash flooding and record rainfall caused $18 million to $20 million in damage to the MetroLink light rail system.

Crews are working around the clock to assess damage and make repairs to restore train service, agency officials said in a news release. The transit agency has applied for emergency federal and state funding to help cover its costs to repair and restore service.

The worst damage occurred to MetroLink equipment between Forest Park-DeBaliviere and Delmar Loop stations. A train worth $10 million should be a total loss, agency officials said. Station elevators, system communication equipment and fiber optics, signaling systems and track platforms were also extensively damaged.

“We have never seen flash flooding at these extreme levels on the 46-mile MetroLink system since it opened in 1993,” said Taulby Roach, president and CEO of Bi-State Development. Bi-State operates the Metro Transit-St. Louis.

MetroLink train service is only available between Central West End and Shiloh-Scott stations at this time.

Jose P. Rogers