St. Louis: Transportation

Approaching the City

One of the busiest airports in the country, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, provides non-stop service to 81 cities and is the 23rd largest airport in the country. Daily, more than 889 flights arrive and depart Lambert for destinations in North America and Europe. In 2005 the first of a three-phase expansion project was underway; the $10 million taxiway reconstruction is projected to be complete in November 2005. The project will construct a new, 9,000-foot runway that will allow for simultaneous landings and fewer flight delays in inclement weather. Rail transportation to St. Louis is provided by Amtrak and bus transportation is by Greyhound.

St. Louis, with a geographically central location, is easily accessible from points throughout the United States via four interstate highways that converge in the city: I-44, I-55, I-64, and I-70.

Traveling in the City

St. Louis's public bus system is operated by Metro St. Louis system, which offers service free in some downtown areas; 53 routes are available. Market Street downtown is the dividing point for north and south addresses. The city's 22-mile light rail MetroLink system offers shuttle service from the airport to America's Center as well as to other area attractions. Approximately 38 miles and 28 stations of existing rail will be expanded in future years to include at least 8 more miles and 9 additional stations.