Picturing our Past

For several years, the University was known as a “streetcar college” because most University students were local until about 1960. A streetcar traveled along what is now Forest Park Parkway and had its own right-of-way west of DeBaliviere Avenue. Pictured above is the last streetcar to pass by the Hilltop Campus, in 1963. But more than 40 years later, rails are returning to campus. The cross-county expansion of MetroLink will add eight miles to the existing system and will include a major redesign of the Forest Park station as well as the addition of nine new stations. Two of those at the corner of Skinker Boulevard and Forest Park Parkway and at the corner of Big Bend Boulevard and the parkway — will be underground. A station will also be constructed on Forsyth Boulevard, just east of Ritz-Carlton Drive and adjacent to the West Campus.

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