CMT Commuter Happy Hours help demonstrate ease of transit use

 In the last five years, transit use has increased faster than any other mode of transportation, yet many St. Louisans still shy away from it because of the fear of the unknown. To combat this issue, Citizens for Modern Transit (CMT) is hosting two “Commuter Happy Hour” events to reinforce the system’s ease of usability and benefits. All area residents, including longtime MetroLink users and potential new riders, are invited to stop by the Belleville MetroLink Station on Wednesday, Sept. 5 and the Shrewsbury MetroLink station on Monday, Sept. 17 anytime between 4 and 6 p.m. for these fun-filled, evening rush events.

Taking transit really is as easy as 1, 2, 3! You select your route, purchase your fare and sit back and relax. The system is very user-friendly. We find that after individuals try transit for the first time, they are more eager to use it for their workday commutes, and to get to and from ball games, concerts and doctors appointments and to run errands.

The “Commuter Happy Hour” events will feature food, games, the chance to win St. Louis Cardinals tickets and other prizes, music courtesy of Y98, transit benefit information and the opportunity to register for CMT’s Guaranteed Ride Home program, which is a free incentive that serves as a safety net for those who take transit, bike or walk to work by providing an assured and immediate ride home in case a situation arises.  Commuters who stop by for five minutes will reap the extra rewards of using transit on Sept. 5 and 17. 

So come out and join us – it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3! 

Photo courtesy of Steve Patterson for the CMT Transit Pic Challenge.