Citizens for Modern Transit is excited to announce it is a recipient of a grant under the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) Local Transit Coalition Grant Program. The grant will help expand the focus of the newly launched CMT Try & Ride Program in areas with a higher concentration of bus service to introduce new riders to MetroBus service in their areas.
For many area residents, the thought of using mass transit comes with a mass number of questions like – What route do I take? How long does it take? Where do I purchase tickets? What if I take the MetroLink to work and later need my car? To help combat this issue and help area residents overcome some of the perceived hurdles associated with using public transit for the workday commute, Citizens for Modern Transit launched the Try & Ride Program on June 16. Since its inception more than 375 first time riders have registered to give transit a try. The program is available to any Missouri or Illinois resident who is a new rider to the MetroLink or MetroBus.
“Many shy away from public transportation due to the fear of the unknown,” commented Kim Cella, executive director of Citizens for Modern Transit. “The goal of the Try & Ride program is to help new users navigate the St. Louis transit systems and ultimately enable them to experience firsthand all that these extremely viable modes have to offer. This new grant award will help CMT to expand the program to focus on areas with high concentration of MetroBus service.”