CMT sets legislative priorities for 2013

As the 2013 legislative session draws near, CMT will be focusing its efforts on several priorities this session at the state level:

  • Support MoDOT’s request for $5.5 million for state transit funding
    Support MoDOT’s request for $5.5 million for transit operations in the state this year – $560,875 for State Transit Assistance (from State Transportation Fund); $2,500,000 for expanded State Transit Assistance (from General Revenue); and $2,486,607 for Missouri Elderly & Handicapped Transportation Assistance Program (from both General Revenue and the State Transportation  Fund).
  • Ensure the inclusion of transit capital projects/public transit in any infrastructure bond package that could move forward at the state level.  Public transit needs to be a key component of Missouri’s infrastructure plans moving forward.
  • Support MoDOT’s request for $7.9 million for twice daily service for Amtrak
    Ridership on Amtrak is up 74 percent over the last five years. Amtrak, the State of Missouri and the federal government are currently investing $70 million in infrastructure improvements including a new Osage River Bridge, universal  crossovers, a third main line in St. Louis, signal upgrades, and a new approach to the Merchant’s Bridge.   Communities along the alignment reap the economic benefits from intercity passenger rail in Missouri, increasing jobs and dollars in the state.
  • Explore new avenues for support for transit/Transit Oriented Development in Missouri. 

CMT’s mission reaches far beyond the scope of the MetroLink expansion debate to rebuilding the St. Louis City, County, and Illinois neighborhoods as a whole by investing in transit. Transit is not just a way to move from point A to B but a means to energize and revitalize existing communities and CMT is excited for the opportunities 2013 will hold. We will be working closely with other organizations in the state to ensure that transit moves up as a priority for Missouri including the Missouri Public Transit Association, KCATA, Greater St. Louis Transit Alliance, labor, and others.

I challenge CMT members to get involved this year. Please consider writing a letter to your state and locally elected officials pushing for state support of transit, funding for transit, and expansion of our current system.  Join us at upcoming events this Spring at the Capital to talk personally with your representatives.   We know that our elected officials must hear from their constituents that transit is important to Missouri’s economy.

2013 Transit Talking Points

Please contact these key legislators in addition to your own representatives and senators:

Scott Sifton, MO Senate District 1

201 W Capitol Ave, Room 116-3

Jefferson City, MO  65101

Scott.sifton@house.mo.gov

 

John Diehl, MO House District 89

201 W Capitol Ave, Room 309

Jefferson City, MO 65101

John.diehl@house.mo.gov

 

Timothy Jones, MO Speaker of the House District 110

201 W Capitol Ave, Room 302A

Jefferson City, MO 65101

Tim.jones@house.mo.gov

 

Eric Schmitt, MO Senate District 15

201 W Capitol Ave, Room 323

Jefferson City, MO 65101

eschmitt@senate.mo.gov