ST. LOUIS (KMOX) –  There’s a new way to get around Forest Park.

Starting Friday, April 1 through Halloween, the Forest Park Trolley will operate from 9:30 am to 2 pm seven days a week, with expanded hours between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

It takes about 20 minutes to make a circuit around the park, hitting many popular destinations along the way including the St. Louis Zoo, the Art Museum, and the Jewel Box.

Tickets cost $2 for adults, $1 for seniors, disabled and children aged 6-12, while children five and under ride free.

The launch of the Forest Park shuttle service coincides with a new Traffic Relief Route, designed to ease congestion at the Hampton entrance off I-64.

Hampton had to be shut down on four different days last April and May due to too much congestion.

On weekends, Forest Park Forever volunteers will be stationed at relief parking lots near the Visitor Center and The Muny to help people with park information and find their way to attractions or to the trolley.

Except for the Hampton roundabout, the Forest Park Traffic Relief Route does not alter any streets and does not restrict drivers, cyclists or pedestrians according to Forest Park Forever officials.

Park visitors are also being encouraged to use any one of the nine other park entrance: Forsyth or Lagoon Drive from Skinker, DeBaliviere, Cricket Drive, Union or West Pine from Lindell, West Pine Blvd, Hospital Drive or Clayton Road from Kingshighway, Tamm Avenue from Oakland, and Wells from Skinker.

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