Posts By: Kim Cella

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CMT Seeking Intern to Join the Team

Citizens for Modern Transit (CMT) is seeking an intern for the Summer and/or Fall 2019. CMT offers paid internship positions every spring, summer and fall, allowing students and recent graduates the opportunity to work closely with our team and gain insight into the public transit arena in addition to nonprofit management, administration, advocacy and fundraising. CMT… Read more »

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Government Shutdown, and Subsequent Lack of Federal Funding, Causing Public Transit Providers to Reduce Services

The ripple effect of the government shutdown has made its way to Missouri’s roadways. Rural transit providers throughout the state are currently operating without FTA Section 5311 and 5310 funding, leaving agencies to rely on other funding sources or reserves to continue to provide critical transit services to residents.OATS Transit, for example, which provides service… Read more »

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Transit Investment is a Must for Missouri

The 2019 legislative session is fast approaching, and it’s imperative the topic of transit investment remains top of mind among elected officials. Transit systems across the nation receive approximately 40 percent of their annual operating budgets from their respective states. This is not the case in Missouri. For more than a decade, the state legislature… Read more »

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CMT Board Member Taulby Roach Named Bi-State CEO

Bi-State Development officially announced their new CEO in December at a signing event at their headquarters. Taulby Roach, CMT Board member and longtime transportation consultant for St. Clair County, was named Bi-State Development Agency’s next president and CEO. Roach began his role as President and Chief Executive Officer of Bi-State Development on January 1, 2019, with his top priorities focusing… Read more »

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TRANSIT ADVISORY WORKING GROUP RELEASES 2018 PROGRESS REPORT, DETAILING WORK ACCOMPLISHED TO FURTHER SAFETY AND SECURITY MEASURES ON METROLINK

The Transit Advisory Working Group (TAWG), which is comprised of twelve organizations from around the bi-state area, today released its 2018 Progress Report. The purpose of the report is to update elected officials, stakeholders and the public on progress being made to improve safety and security on the MetroLink system – an issue that remains… Read more »

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METROLINK POLICE UNIT TO PARTNER WITH UMSL, METRO and CMT TO HOST A “STAY TOASTY ON TRANSIT” EVENT AT THE NORTH HANLEY METROLINK STATION

Early Morning Effort Designed to Help Keep Commuters Warm and Spread Holiday Cheer Transit is a viable transportation option in the St. Louis region, especially in the winter months and during inclement weather. To help keep commuters warm, and spread a little holiday cheer, the MetroLink Police Unit is teaming up with Citizens for Modern… Read more »

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Transit funding tops list of Legislative Priorities in 2019

Transit funding, regional transit priorities and safety top the list of CMT’s legislative priorities for 2019.  Citizens for Modern Transit recently released its FY19 Legislative Priorities. The economic future of the State of Missouri is tied directly to our commitment to funding of the State’s infrastructure. Investment in public transit throughout Missouri delivers proven economic results, and promotes… Read more »

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Presence & Customer Service key messages from other cities to build confidence back in MetroLink system

  Sacramento, Portland, Minneapolis-St. Paul and Washington DC talked Security on MetroLink Presence, presence, and customer service topped list of recommendations from transit experts to build confidence back in St. Louis Transit system. More than 100 CMT members, transit riders, stakeholders, law enforcement representatives, and community organizations filled the St. Louis Regional Chamber Collaboration Center… Read more »

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Loop Trolley set to open for business this week

The 2.2 mile Loop Trolley, connecting the Delmar and Forest Park MetroLink Stations, is set to begin operation on Friday, Nov. 16 with an official ribbon cutting and soft launch event held on November 15.  The event will celebrate the completion of testing of the trolley cars and the beginning of service. The trolley will run… Read more »

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What is the Future of Transit in St. Louis?

Join Citizens for Modern Transit for an update on the Metro Reimagined Study underway in the region looking at a redesign of the St. Louis transit system to meet the needs of the changing community.  Don’t miss this interactive session and hear from Metro’s Executive Director Jessica Mefford Miller on Phase II of the Plan. The… Read more »

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Invest in CMT, Make a Difference, Drive Transit to Success

Stand alongside Citizens for Modern Transit this Fall because Public Transit Matters In addition to serving as the sole means for many to get to work and access needed goods and services, transit plays a key role in fueling local economies.  It attracts business and  industry, sparks development, influences employee mobility, promotes equality and much…. Read more »

SLU President appointed to Bi-State Board of Commissioners

Governor Parson named St. Louis University President Fred Pestello to the 10-member Bi-State Development Agency of the Missouri-Illinois Metropolitan District board comprised of five Illinois appointees and five Missouri appointees on Thursday, Oct. 18. Dr. Pestello is the President of Saint Louis University, where he is also a professor of sociology. Dr. Pestello has taught… Read more »

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CMT Board supports Prop. D While Calling for Additional Investment in Transit

The Citizens for Modern Transit Board of Directors recently endorsed Proposition D in support of transportation infrastructure funding at its Oct. 11 Board meeting, however, the Board also called on  the Missouri Department of Transportation, the Missouri Transportation and Highway  Commission and the Missouri General Assembly to prioritize transit investment as well.   As the legislature and Governor examine… Read more »

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MetroLink Access Pilot Provides Snapshot on Possibilities for MetroLink Security in Future

While the MetroLink Access Pilot only lasted for 26 days, the project provided a snapshot of what could be with regards to access control and opportunities around the MetroLink stations for security measures.  Riders, law enforcement representatives and regional stakeholders weighed in on the increased level of comfort/confidence in the system with the increased attention/presence… Read more »