The St. Clair County Transit District MetroBikeLink System includes 14 miles of trails and bike paths along MetroLink in Southwestern Illinois. The development of a bicycle trail adjacent to the St. Clair County MetroLink extension was an important piece in the St. Clair County Transit District’s (SCCTD) efforts to link transportation modes in the community. Since the initial trail, the system has expanded to include several other trails all connecting in with the original MetroBikeLink and transit. The trail connects 6 MetroLink Stations and the connecting MetroBus system and microtransit including the SCCTD Flyer and VanGo. Bikes can be brought on MetroLink as well as all Metrobuses are equipped with exterior racks.
The St. Clair County Transit District (SCCTD) 3.5 mile trail extension from the Memorial MetroLink Station to the Fairview Heights Station has historic roots in the community as the economic engine of Southwestern Illinois from the late 1800’s through early 1900’s with access to many of the area’s coal mines. The trail follows the old CSX rail alignment and Schoenberger Creek through hills and hollers of the Dutch Hollow area of Belleville and Fairview Heights. The trail passes by what was once the Winslow Mining Company. It was a stop on the St. Louis and Southeastern Railway, which was acquired by the Louisville and Nashville Railroad in 1879. There were several other mines along this route, and the new trail will provide a scenic, pastoral ride, walk or jog through St. Clair County. This section of trail connects to the other 11.5 miles of MetroBikeLink for a total of 14 miles of paved trails along Metro.
The Orchard Loop Trail provides approximately 4 miles of trail on hilly terrain. This trail veers off the MetroBikeLink Trail between the SWIC/College MetroLinkStation and the Belleville MetroLink Station, and passes by Belle Valley Grade School. The trail has a terminus at Eckert’s Farm, where dedicated SCCTD Trail parking is provided. Additionally the trail loops over Green Mount Road to the east, and provides safe passage over this busy highway, and finally connects with the Orchards Subdivision.
SCCTD has partnered with the City of O’Fallon and Caseyville Township to double the length of the St. Ellen Trail. This trail extends a full mile from Hartman Lane to Ashland Avenue. The exiting trail has been widened and resurfaced, bringing it up to current MetroBikeLink trail standards. The trail connects with the path at St. Ellen Park.
SCCTD assisted Shiloh to ensure this off-road trail was possible. The trail begins at the end of Seibert Road Trail at Johnson Road in Shiloh and extends to Air Mobility Drive where it proceeds a mile south to the MetroBikeLink system.
This corridor is planned to be an off-road trail, extending from Lebanon Avenue in Belleville to Ashland Avenue in Fairview Heights. Currently, the trail is under construction from the Richland Creek Bikeway to Munie Road and will include a connection to Swansea’s Clinton Hill Recreation Park. Additional phases will be constructed in subsequent years. The SCCTD has been awarded four MERPD grants for adjacent phases, as well as an Illinois DNR bike trial grant to help with construction costs.
Currently, the MetroBikeLink path connects directly to:
The MetroBikeLink system is a great way to get out and explore Southwestern Illinois through walking or biking with or without a link to transit.
As a reminder, all of these trails are made possible through the St. Clair County Transit District, public funds and partnerships with local stakeholders and organizations, including MetroEast Park and Recreation District, who has assisted with nearly every trail SCCTD has constructed.
MetroBikeLink is the ped/bike link to our transit system and a key component to an integrated, multi-modal transportation system is southwestern Illinois.
Get out explore with your bike and transit.