Posts By: Kim Cella


Funding Transportation: What are other states up to?

Since 2012, 21 states have increased transportation revenues by a variety of means, while many others have been unsuccessful.  Examining the effective approaches of states that were able to increase revenues for transportation improvements may provide a road-map for other states to follow to increase their own transportation funding. Successful Insights: All increases were by… Read more »


Metro announces on demand text and email updates

Metro announces text messaging and email update notifications to help plan trips on transit.  Adding to their already available line up of tools including Trip Planner, the Metro On The Go mobile app, and their automated phone service. The new service allows users to text Metro to receive real-time MetroBus information. In addition to travel… Read more »


Possibilities for Transit Parking Transformation

Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) is creating new spaces where surface parking lots once neighbored transit hubs.  The underutilized parking lots are becoming centers of retail, residential, and office center, all while increasing ridership among Atlanta residents.  Several of these highly anticipated and transformative projects are quickly coming to fruition. The following is a… Read more »

Board of Aldermen approves nominations for Prop 1 Tax Board

Last week, the City of St. Louis Board of Aldermen approved the Mayor’s nominations to the Economic Development  Tax Board, which under state law, will help make determinations on the distribution of Proposition 1 sales tax revenues raised.  Individuals appointed include:  Richard T. Bradley (president of our Board of Public Service), James J. Dwyer (developer largely… Read more »

KC Streetcar gaining momentum across the state

Running from the River Market on the north end to Union Station and Crown Center on the south, the Kansas City (KC) Streetcar connects all the downtown neighborhoods with 16 platform stops and 2 miles of track.  The KC Streetcar opened for service on May 6, 2016 to much fanfare. Five months after streetcar operations… Read more »

Nashville Transit Referendum Set for Public Vote in May

Nashville’s $5.4 billion light-rail proposal is set for a public vote in May.  Vanderbilt University conducted a poll, Feb. 8-19, and found that 66 percent of Nashville residents think the city’s transit system needs major improvements to keep up with growth. If passed, the referendum would fund a combination of 26 miles of new light… Read more »

CMT offering scholarships to 2018 MO Transit Conference in Columbia

The 2018 Missouri Public Transit Association Conference & Expo is set for Sept. 19-21 in Columbia, MO at the Holiday  Inn Executive Center. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to meet with other transit professionals, stakeholders, elected officials, and interested citizens to shape policy, develop networks, and collaborate to share knowledge and create new ideas for transit in… Read more »

Is Walkability a Luxury?

Robert Steutville is editor of Public Square: A CNU Journal, and he has some opinions about that.  His passionate response to a 2016 book titled The Human City: Urbanism for the Rest of Us, by Joel Kotkin, and the idea that walkable neighborhoods are a luxury that is not attainable for middle-class Americans, connects the… Read more »

Metrolink and MicroBrews – Maplewood MicroBrew Tour

Walk, ride and taste with us! Discover Maplewood’s Microbreweries with a visit to Schlafly Bottleworks and Side Project Brewing via MetroLink on Saturday, April 14th, 2018.  Walkers will depart from the Shrewsbury MetroLink Station on the 10:19 AM train to Maplewood and then transfer to the #31 bus. The first stop on this happy adventure… Read more »

Metro Announces Service Change Scheduled for March 12

Metro will make adjustments to eight MetroBus routes on March 12, as part of its quarterly service change.  Metro monitors and reviews feedback from riders and operators, and uses this feedback and other trip data to make updates to MetroBus routes and schedules. Details of the Quarterly Service Change effective March 12: #18 Taylor: Weekday… Read more »

CMT releases RFP for public relations firm for new grant work

Citizens for Modern Transit (CMT) is requesting the services of a consulting public relations firm for assistance with its new grant to build ridership on the system. CMT is undertaking a two-year education campaign, which will include a safety and security campaign including a demonstration project, partnership collaboration and rider/community engagement. In addition, the program… Read more »

Northside-Southside study continues to move ahead

The consulting team led by AECOM  continue to move forward on the Northside Southside MetroLink Study. More than 229 people cam out in January to see the findings and provide input. Attendees heard the following at the open houses in January: List of benefits and impacts of on-street light rail – the first of its… Read more »

Public Invited to Panel Discussion on TDD Financing for Transit, Hosted by Missouri Public Transit Association

Public transit plays a critical part in our region’s transportation system. Expansion is needed, but funding continues to be cut. To help explore financing opportunities for transit, the Missouri Public Transit Association is hosting a panel discussion highlighting the role Transportation Development District (TDD) funding played in financing the successful KC Streetcar project and how… Read more »

St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department steps up for MetroLink security

  The St. Clair County Transit Board voted on Feb. 20 to allocate an additional $125,000 to fund the hiring of three additional St. Clair County Sheriff’s deputies to help cover expanded MetroLink patrols to the Missouri side of the river.   The allocation, at Sheriff Richard Watson’s request, would increase the number of deputies to… Read more »

CMT & MPTA members carry message to State Capitol for Transportation Day

More than 30 CMT & Missouri Public Transit Association (MPTA) members carried the message door to door about the importance of transit and transit investment on Transportation  Day 2018 on Feb. 15. Dozens of legislators were contacted to talk about state supported investment of transit including MoDOT’s ask for next year of $3 million from General Revenue… Read more »