Posts By: Kim Cella

St. Louis set to host the 2017 New Partners Conference

The 2017 New Partners Conference is heading back to the Midwest Feb. 2-4, 2017, to the gateway to smart growth – St. Louis, MO. Its iconic Gateway Arch honors the 19th-century explorations of Lewis and Clark and America’s westward expansion, and today is a beacon for the region’s 21st-century innovations in technology and sustainability. The… Read more »

More than $175 billion in transportation funding at stake on Nov. 8

This year on Election Day, voters across the country will have the opportunity to improve public transportation in their communities and help shape the future of transportation in the US. Forty-three (43) transportation-related measures will appear on ballots across the country on November 8th looking to capture some of the over $175 billion in funding… Read more »

CMT awarded 2016 APTA Local Transit Coalition Grant

CMT was recently selected as a recipient of a grant under the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) Local Transit Coalition Grant Program for 2016.  Through this grant, CMT will be equipped to develop transit ridership educational tools and program guides on how to implement CMT’s successful transit rider incentive programs, including the Guaranteed Ride Home,… Read more »

Snapshot of MO’s investment in Transit

    One of Citizens for Modern Transit’s goals for FY17 is further the discussion on state funding for transit – both capital and operating.  We know  public transit serves customers in every county – rural and urban – and is critical to meeting the transportation needs of Missouri’s citizens.  However, historically, Missouri has ranked near… Read more »

Senior Housing development announced near Swansea Station

Senior Housing will be the latest addition to development near MetroLink at the Swansea Station.  Southwestern Illinois Development Authority (SWIDA), in partnership with Bywater Development Group and Bi-State Development (BSD), is announced a new, $10.5 million development that will bring senior apartment living adjacent to the Swansea MetroLink Station in Swansea, Ill. The transit-oriented development… Read more »


Free Program Will Help Students Learn How to Utilize Transit for the Trip to and From Class Since Citizens for Modern Transit (CMT) first launched its Try & Ride program in the summer of 2014, the initiative has helped more than 3,800 workday commuters learn how to navigate the St. Louis’ area’s transit system and… Read more »

SLU offers free Metro Passes to residents in SLU Housing

  News from SLU website: Saint Louis University began offering free Metro passes to residents living in SLU housing this semester. The new initiative is the result of ongoing discussion, input and planning by SLU’s transportation services, Student Government Association and Metro. A pilot program with freshman students during the Spring 2016 semester provided some… Read more »

Transit Stops need to be ‘lovable’

CMT welcomed Nidhi Gulati, a fellow for Project for Public Spaces and Program Manager for Emerald Network at Livable Streets Alliance, as the keynote for the 32nd Annual Meeting on September 1.  With a sold out crowd in attendance, Ms. Gulati talked about the importance of making transit stops – bus stops and train stops… Read more »

CMT recognizes champions of transit at annual meeting

This afternoon, CMT hosted its 32nd Annual Meeting, and as part of the special event, the organization celebrated the incredible efforts of the following groups and individuals who are championing transit in the St. Louis area: MetroBus drivers Bryant Goston, Bryan Moore and Richard Hines: On Feb. 5, the drivers were on break when they… Read more »

CMT elects new board members at 32nd Annual Meeting

The Citizens for Modern Transit (CMT) membership elected Stephanie Co, special assistant to the President/CEO at Beyond Housing; Renee Ducker, transit advocate and transportation planner; Patricia Hagen, President and Executive Director of the Technology Entrepreneur Center/ T-REX; and Taulby Roach, President of Roach Consulting to three-year terms on the board at CMT’s 32nd Annual Meeting… Read more »

CMT wraps up FY16 on high note for transit

As we wrap up Fiscal Year 2016 at Citizens for Modern Transit, we can’t help but highlight some of the successes we’ve seen this year as an organization and for transit in this region. More than three decades ago CMT began its mission to build broad-based community support for light rail in the St. Louis area.  2016 was… Read more »

Making the connection to transit – Placemaking in STL

Anthropologists and planners are continuously studying why certain places hold special meaning to people. Conclusions suggest it comes down to the locations having a strong identity, a “sense of place” and character that is felt by residents and visitors. In the St. Louis area locations like The Hill, The Loop and Forest Park hold this… Read more »

CMT kicks off FY17 with events and programming on Transit

September 1 marks the kick-off of Fiscal year 2017 for Citizens for Modern Transit, and we have some great events and programming planned to increase the number of St. Louisans on board with transit and help move transit forward in the region. We are excited to share all of these great events with CMT members and friends. We… Read more »

Tell us your thoughts about Placemaking & Transit

Join CMT & AARP in St. Louis in 2016 as they take a closer look at how to make transit in our community a public space that promotes health, opportunity, and well-being for transit users, and for all who live, work and play around transit stations. Through a series of Walk Audits this fall led by… Read more »