CMT & SCCTD to host a Commuter Happy Hour in Belleville on Oct. 17

 Events Aimed at Reinforcing the Ease of Usability and Benefits of Taking Transit

IMG_4235 In recent 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) and the St. Clair County Transit District are hosting a “Commuter Happy Hour” to reinforce the system’s ease of usability and benefits. All area residents, including longtime MetroLink and MetroBus users and potential new riders, are invited to stop by the Belleville MetroLink Station (718 Scheel Street) on Thursday, Oct. 17 anytime between 4 and 6 p.m. for this fun-filled, evening rush event.

“Taking transit really is as easy as 1, 2, 3,” commented Kim Cella, executive director of CMT. “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” will feature food, games, music courtesy of Y98, a visit from Tony Patrico of 105.7 the Point, information about Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s CarShare Program, transit benefit information and the opportunity to register for CMT’s Guaranteed Ride Home program, 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 an emergency situation arises.  Commuters who stop by for five minutes will reap the extra rewards of using transit.

To learn more about CMT and the Guaranteed Ride Home program, visit www.cmt-stl.org, call 314-231-7272, find the organization on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @cmt_stl.