Officially opening Nov. 17, the secure 42-space parking area is paved, fenced, well-lit and monitored by security cameras. It is fully automated, only accepts credit or debit cards and offers the attractive rate is $6 for up to 24 hours and $6 for each succeeding 24-hour period.
"Amtrak business is booming in St. Louis, with the growing popularity of Lincoln Service trains to Chicago and the improved reliability of Missouri River Runner trains to Kansas City and Texas Eagle trains to and from the southwest," said John Bueschel, the locally based Amtrak District Manager of Stations.
The new parking lot continues to offer parking for downtown events through a separate entrance and at a higher rate, and is operated for Amtrak by St. Louis Parking Co., a family-owned local business. Amtrak also is making the long-term parking area available to other users of the Gateway Station, including intercity bus and Metro transit passengers.
Amtrak will add to the current 42 spaces in the paved lot as demand warrants, which is likely considering passenger ridership growth at the city-owned Gateway Station. For the 12 months ending September 30, 2009, Amtrak St. Louis ridership reached 278,778, an increase of nearly 2.5 percent (6,781 passengers) from the previous year.
At St. Louis, Amtrak offers four daily Lincoln Service round-trips to and from Chicago via Springfield and Bloomington-Normal, two daily Missouri River Runner round-trips to and from Kansas City via Jefferson City, and one daily Texas Eagle round-trip to and from Chicago or Arkansas and Texas, via Little Rock, Dallas-Fort Worth and San Antonio. Amtrak passengers also have access to a daily Amtrak Thruway shuttle connecting St. Louis with Carbondale, Illinois, and the daily Amtrak City of New Orleans train to and from New Orleans, via Memphis.