Lisa L. Cagle advocates for expanded and improved transit in the St. Louis region as the Program Director for Citizens for Modern Transit (CMT). Her work focuses on educating the community on the benefits of transit at the individual, local, and regional levels. At CMT, Lisa spearheads innovative transit ridership incentive programs such as the Try and Ride Program and the Ten Toe Express. Over the past 15 months, the Try and Ride program has attracted over 3000 new riders in the St. Louis region to try the Metro system for their work commute; the Ten Toe Express program encourages seniors to use transit to improve their health and increase their independence through transit-centered walking groups.
Lisa holds a Master of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL), and studied sustainable development at the University of Oslo in Norway on a Fulbright Fellowship. While in Oslo, her research and firsthand experience demonstrated the value of quality transit in promoting equity in access to jobs, education, healthcare, and other resources. As a Ph.D. student in Philosophy at Washington University and an adjunct professor at UMSL, Lisa works in social and political philosophy with a focus on systemic gender and racial justice issues. Her current research examines transportation policy from a social and racial justice perspective. Lisa lives in South City St. Louis where she stays busy outside of her work at CMT as a leader and active participant in numerous community action groups. She uses public transit daily to navigate the City and the region.