CMT Economics of Building Around Light Rail draws crowd

More than 100 CMT members and friends turned out to hear Dena Belzer, national TOD expert and President of Strategic Economics, last week in St. Louis for the Economics of Building Around Light Rail. Ms. Belzer highlighted economic benefits of building around light rail as well as what happens in communities that do not thoroughly think through their… Read more »

On the Move – Get involved in the discussion on transportation in Missouri

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) has initiated a new, statewide public engagement effort called “On the Move” to involve citizens in determining the future of Missouri’s transportation infrastructure and investments. Largely due to funding issues, MODOT is not currently able to execute all the needed improvements to the state’s highways, bridges, railways, and greenways…. Read more »

Get registered for the Spring 2013 Ten Toe Express!

The Spring 2013 session of the Ten Toe Express is set to kick of the week of April 8. The 12-week Spring session will last from April to June, with weekly walks starting at the Brentwood, Forest Park, Belleville, and Shrewsbury MetroLink stations. Check online for walk schedules and details at http://tentoes.cmt-stl.org/Home/tabid/59/Default.aspx. Our Kick-off Walk to the… Read more »

MO transportation bill wrap up to kick off the week

There was a lot of activity last week in Jefferson City with regards to transportation in Missouri.    Senator Kehoe filed SJR 16.  Upon voter approval, the bill would call for a temporary one-cent sales and use tax to bolster the creation and maintenance of city, county and state transportation needs by raising $7.9 billion in… Read more »

MetroLink Monitor Volunteer Needed for Clayton Station

The MetroLink Monitor Program was established as part of the efforts of the Riders’ Advocate Committee at Citizens for Modern Transit (CMT) to monitor the quality and condition of stations along the MetroLink alignment.  Volunteers observe and record conditions at each of the 37 MetroLink stations and report their findings to CMT on a monthly… Read more »

Atlanta Touts Social Benefits of Public Transit

We often discuss the benefits of public transit in terms of job accessibility, improved air quality, reduced congestion, and economic development, but what other ways does transit benefit our communities? A new poll, based out of Atlanta, Georgia shows that transit may improve connections between individuals and their community, serving as a tool to enrich… Read more »

Center for Transit-Oriented Development Releases Report for Pittsburgh, PA

A new report recently released by the Center for Transit-Oriented Development (CTOD) offers strategies for the City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to tap into its TOD potential. The report focuses on three areas of investment – infrastructure, new development, and building the capacity of community groups. Stations with the best potential for TOD have been identified… Read more »

Special Metro Service for Mardi Gras on February 9

Take Metro to Mardi Gras this year and avoid the hassle of traffic and parking in Soulard! In order to accommodate those attending this year’s Mardi Gras celebrations in Soulard, Metro is offering special MetroLink service, shuttles, and passes. Extra trains, running every 7.5 minutes, will service MetroLink stations between Forest Park-DeBaliviere and Fairview Heights starting… Read more »

Transit Lessons Learned from The Portland Streetcar

With the recent re-emergence of streetcars as a public transit option in cities across the United States, the city of Portland, Oregon is often held  up as the poster child for this new transportation trend. Other cities looking to fund and build their own streetcar lines have a lot to learn from the Portland Streetcar…. Read more »

Ridership Grows on Amtrak’s Missouri River Runner

Ridership on Amtrak’s Missouri River Runner route is up 4 percent in the second quarter of fiscal year 2013, which is roughly 2,000 passengers more than the same time period the previous year. Increases in ridership are likely due to mild weather, holidays, and improved service, including on-time performance of trains, according to the Missouri… Read more »

Missouri Senator announces proposal for 1 cent sales tax for transportation

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce held their annual transportation conference yesterday in Jefferson City.  Senate and House transportation committee chairs, Senator Mike Kehoe, R- Jefferson City, and Representative Dave Schatz, R- Sullivan, were given an opportunity to discuss the highly anticipated transportation package, which according to Senator Kehoe, will be filed in the next ten days. … Read more »