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Our Mission

Citizens for Modern Transit (CMT) is the region’s transit advocacy organization. It was established in 1985 to help bring light rail to St. Louis and works to develop, support and enhance programming and initiatives to ensure safe, convenient and affordable access to the region’s integrated public transportation system.

CMT was established in 1985 to help bring light rail to St. Louis. Since then, it has been working to ensure the St. Louis region has access to a safe, convenient and affordable public transportation system. We don’t own or operate the transit system, but we work to champion it, challenge it, encourage it and advocate for it. We do this by helping to secure state and federal funding for transit projects; playing an active role in addressing safety and security issues; increasing ridership and raise awareness about the benefits of public transit; spearheading feasibility studies to examine the benefits of adding new light-rail stations, and furthering sustainability efforts. CMT also ensures the value of public transit is understood by elected officials, civic leaders, key stakeholders and the community at large – so the opportunity to fund, improve and expand public transit isn’t missed.

Become an individual or corporate member of CMT today!

As a member of CMT, you will actively help to rebuild St. Louis communities.

Become a Member

All contributions are tax-deductible and help the organization fulfill its mission-driven objectives to:

  • Implement short and long-term transit access expansion plans
  • Secure funding for transit development
  • Help ensure a safe and secure ride for all transit users
  • Commission pilot programming, studies and assessments to help underscore the value of transit, make informed decisions and advance transit accessibility
  • Keep elected officials and key stakeholders up-to-speed on transit-related issues and opportunities
  • Establish relevant programming that continues to meet the needs of the ever-evolving marketplace
  • Champion the local transit system and help advance the region
  • Empower, lead and maintain highly effective board members, staff and volunteers
  • Ensure efforts meet the needs of the organization’s diverse constituency
  • Expand ridership through unique programming
  • Build grassroots support in the community for transit, among both riders and non-riders

Who's Who at CMT



Headshot of Kim Cella - CMT Executive Director.

Kimberly Cella

Executive Director


Mackenzie Menn

Program and Social Media Associate


Travis Wood

Senior Program Manager


Board of Directors


Hart Nelson
St. Louis Community College

Vice Chair

Nancy E. Cross
City of St. Louis

Vice Chair

Sheila Holm
AARP in St. Louis

Vice Chair

D’Andre Braddix
St.  Louis Community College


Robert Blaine
Washington University in St. Louis


Brandon Flinn
Missouri and Kansas Laborers’ District Council 

Past Chair

June McAllister Fowler


Adella D. Jones
University of Missouri- St. Louis

General Counsel

Larry Katzenstein
Thompson Coburn LLP

Board Members

Ryan Arnold
Ameren Missouri
Chris Beard
Lochmueller Group
Aaron Burnett
Bywater Development Group
Catina Howard
ATU Local 788
Raullo Eanes
Eager Road Associates, LLC
Joel Fuoss
Ellie Glenn Harmon
BJC HealthCare Systems
Mark Grossenbacher
The Haskell Company 
Charlie Hinderliter
Allan Moore
Samuel Murphey
Greater St. Louis, Inc.
Marc Scheessele
Saint Louis University
AJ Soll
Leonard Toenjes
AGC of Missouri
Austin Walker
The Regional Business Council
Taulby Roach
Bi-State Development 

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