Transportation Tax Initiative Petition approved for circulation

Secretary of State Jason Kander announced that the initiative petition for a one cent transportation sales tax has been approved for circulation. The official ballot language reads: Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to: increase funding for state, county, and municipal street, road, bridge, highway and public transportation initiatives by increasing state sales/use tax by… Read more »

Letter to CMT Members & Friends

November 14, 2013 Dear CMT members and friends: Citizens for Modern Transit is thrilled to have received word about exciting opportunities ahead for our region related to public transit. And, we need your help! Thanks to two, competitively-awarded Federal grants, Citizens for Modern Transit is set to receive $1.25 million to help further community support for… Read more »

New Tenants for Ballpark Village Announced

Ballpark village announced three new tenants to occupy its new development adjacent to the stadium.  The previously announced tenants, the Budweiser Brew House, a restaurant and beer garden; Cardinals Nation, a Cardinals-themed restaurant; a Cardinals Hall of Fame museum; and PBR St. Louis: A Cowboy Bar; will now be joined by Ted Drewes, Drunken Fish, and… Read more »

“Who Pays For It? Financing Development Around Transit” Event Recap & Presentation Files

On Wednesday, November 6, CMT hosted a panel discussion entitled, Who Pays For It? Financing Development Around Transit.  The breakfast event was sponsored by Musick Construction Company, URS, and the Regional Business Chamber and featured the following presentations:  Astrid Glynn Presentation Andrew Geer Presentation Paul Hubbman Presentation Astrid Glynn has spent more than a decade in… Read more »

Slay Announces $1 million to spur Affordable Housing near Transit

Today, City of St. Louis Mayor Slay held a press conference at City Hall to announce new funding for housing developments near MetroLink and MetroBus.  The City hopes to encourage development near transit as a means to increase access to jobs.  The funding  for the Affordable Housing Commission (AHC) of the City of St. Louis… Read more »

Graphic Design RFP – Employer Toolkit Project

Request for Proposals for Graphic Design to Citizens for Modern Transit Federal Project Number CMAQ-5401(639) Employer Commute Options Toolkit Citizens for Modern Transit (“CMT”) is seeking a consultant to assist CMT with a brochure or booklet that introduces employers to commute options available to them and their employees.  The piece should be clean, eye catching,… Read more »

What do you consider a top transit priority for the St. Louis region?

As CMT builds its list of legislative priorities for FY14 and discussions continue on possible statewide funding sources for transportation, one key question continues to rise to the top – what are the transit priorities for the St. Louis region moving forward.  What is the next project that this region wants to see move forward… Read more »

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Amtrak teams with GOOGLE to introduce train locator for passengers

Amtrak is introducing an innovative way to see where trains are and when they are expected to arrive, including information on stations nation-wide, all through a new interactive train locator map built on the familiar Google Maps interface. The new train location tracking system, available at, provides near real-time train status of more than… Read more »

Study Shows the Link Between Public Transportation and Property Values

Public Transportation across the entire country is on the rise.  It’s in the news almost every day.  Increased ridership affects more than just the transportation service providers bottom line.  It also affects a region’s property values, as shown by a recent Pennsylvanian study. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) needs significant infrastructure repairs and vehicle… Read more »

Could Transit Be a Catalyst for Community Building in St. Louis?

Every region of the United States faces community revitalization challenges.  Many readers of the Community Builders Exchange lead these efforts in St. Louis.  As someone interested in your work, I often think about how infrastructure influences the health and well-being of the underserved in our region.  How can a community use what it has to… Read more »

Amtrak Offering 31% off Companion Fares This October

With Amtrak breaking ridership records 10 times out of the last 11 years, Amtrak extends a special thanks to its riders by discounting companion fares 31%.  The 31% discount reflects the 31.6 million passengers that rode the the rail network in Fiscal Year 2013. Amtrak will also feature different #AmtrakStories portraits and passenger stories on… Read more »

Final phase of upgrades for higher speed trains between STL and CHI

The Illinois Department of Transportation and Union Pacific Railroad are performing the last of three phases of 2013 upgrades to Illinois’ signature high-speed route, Chicago-St. Louis, for future 110 mph operation of Amtrak Lincoln Service trains. The construction work includes the installation of new premium rail with concrete ties and stone ballast; upgrades to bridges,… Read more »