Forest Park's New Traffic Plan Runs Into the Ditch

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What's so confusing about this? Never mind.
Question: How do you spot a St. Louis tourist?

Answer: Check out the people waiting 40 minutes to enter Forest Park along Hampton Avenue. (Rookie move, people!)

After just two days of operation, St. Louis officials are changing a new traffic routing system through Forest Park that was supposed to ease flow at the park's Hampton Avenue entrance -- but instead led to ever more gridlock.

On Saturday, motorists waited 40 minutes to enter the park along Hampton Avenue as they navigated the new route which prohibited them from turning left into the zoo's paid parking lots. By mid-afternoon those $12-per-day lots -- a key revenue generator for the zoo -- sat mainly empty thanks to the new route.

So on Sunday, the park department said it would change the new route. Instead of pushing Hampton Avenue traffic away from the zoo from 9:30 a.m. 'til 2 p.m., the new plan will kick in only after the zoo lots are filled.

"We've decided to be a little more fluid in our approach to the new traffic relief plan," says park department boss, Gary Bess. 

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"How do you spot a St. Louis suburbanite?" Well, they're usually hating on something.


Instead of "How do you spot a St. Louis tourist?" it should be "How do you spot a St. Louis suburbanite who refuses to learn more about the city at the heart of the region?"

As usual, the general population will blame everybody else (the police, the city, minorities) before they look at themselves and maybe discover that their method of doing things (using only the Hampton Exit) is not the best way to do something, and -- gasp -- make a change to their lifestyles.


Here's a radical idea:



Its always the same in this town.If there is going to be a crowd of people anywhere in St.Louis you better believe the St.Louis police department will find a way to slow things down.This only proves that they really don't have a plan or any idea when they implement this sort of thing. They just start blocking streets and diverting traffic as though they know what they're doing. When in reality they just think they should be doing something.Its like they do this because they see it in other cities so why not have a traffic cop directing traffic.Its a joke and always has been. Just take notice next time anything in this town draws more than a 1000 people,how many cops you see closing down a lane of traffic,diverting traffic,directing traffic,or just plain getting in the way. It happens every time.


Agreed, but it's more like... take the Metrolink to the Forest Park/DeBalivere station, wait 15 minutes, catch the #90 bus, then walk another block to the zoo entrance.


Actually, you can't blame the police on this one. This plan was approved and drafted by the parks department, Forest Park Forever and the city.

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