Posts By: Kim Cella

CMT Board sets direction for FY19

As CMT nears the end of its fiscal year on August 31, the CMT  Board of Directors adopted the 2019 Goals and Objectives at its August 24 Board of Directors meeting.  This coming year CMT will be focusing on the following issues to further its mission of support/advocacy for public transit: Transit Ridership Safety and… Read more »

Citizens for Modern Transit; St. Louis Transportation

Bi-State Agency receives federal funding for electric buses

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced last week $84.45 million in grant selections through the Low- or No-Emission (Low-No) Grant program, which funds the deployment of transit buses and infrastructure that use advanced propulsion technologies. Fifty-two projects in 41 states will receive a share of the funding. “Communities across America will… Read more »

Citizens for Modern Transit; St. Louis Transportation

Construction in North County impacts 4 MetroBus Routes

Some MetroBus passengers may need to board their bus at a different location, as a Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) construction project at Halls Ferry Circle will require detours for four MetroBus routes in North St. Louis and in North St. Louis County. MoDOT closed half of the Halls Ferry Circle on August 20 to… Read more »

MPTA TO HOST 2018 MO TRANSIT CONFERENCE IN COLUMBIA

Local Transit Professionals, Stakeholders, Elected Officials and Interested Citizens Can Register Today  The City of Columbia, which has made huge strides as the first city in the state of Missouri to move towards fleet of electric buses to reduce expenses, will serve as the backdrop for the Missouri Public Transit Association’s 2018 State Conference and… Read more »

Transit included in final MO VW Settlement Plan

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources finalized Missouri’s VW Beneficiary Mitigation Plan in August 2018. The department developed the 10-year plan to reduce nitrogen oxides (NOx) from mobile sources after a nine month public engagement process to solicit input from interested stakeholders across the state. The plan outlines Missouri’s vision and goals for spending $41… Read more »

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Recent State of Workforce Report Indicates Transportation Access Increasing Barrier

St. Louis Community College recently released its 2018 State of the St. Louis Workforce Report. This year, lack of transportation access was one of the top five barriers according to industry sectors surveyed to expanding employment levels. For a decade, St. Louis Community College and its research partners have tracked the recovery and growth of the region’s… Read more »

25 Years of MetroLink

Twenty-five years ago, the first trains left the platform at Union Station as MetroLink began its inaugural ride in St. Louis, helping to expand our public transportation system. Since then, MetroLink has made its mark on our region and earned a reputation for doing so much more than just connecting riders to their destinations. It… Read more »

LIME TO LAUNCH ELECTRIC SCOOTERS IN ST. LOUIS

Lime, formerly LimeBike, will launch electric scooters in St. Louis TODAY in partnership with the City as part of the company’s dock-free mobility permit.  The Lime-S scooters are the most advanced shared electric scooter model of any mobility company in the country. Lime-S scooters cost $1 to unlock and 15 cents per minute of riding.  “St. Louis has… Read more »

St. Louis Leaders Weigh In on MetroLink as Near 25th Anniversary

MetroLink’s 25th Anniversary is right around the corner on July 31.  From the moment MetroLink hit the rails in 1993, ridership far exceeded forecasted expectations.  Today, St. Louis has 46 miles, 37 stations and one more to open very shortly in Midtown in the heart of the Cortex Innovation Community with an interconnected MetroBus system. Voters… Read more »

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St. Clair County Transit District Responds to Veterans’ Needs in Southern IL

District routes service to newly opened Shiloh Veterans’  Center The St. Clair County Transit District (SCCTD) will now provide service to the newly opened Shiloh Veterans’ Center beginning on July 23.  The #15 MetroBus will be rerouted to accommodate service to the new Veterans’ clinic.  In addition, SCCTD will extend evening MetroLink service in response… Read more »

MetroBikeLink is heading west in 2019

The MetroBikeLink will be expanding westward soon with an estimated opening in 2019.  The St. Clair County Transit District (SCCTD) has partnered with Metro East Park and Recreation District (MERPD) to construct another segment of the trail system along the MetroLink light rail alignment in Illinois.  This proposed section of trail will extend from Memorial… Read more »

St. Clair County Transit District responds to Riders and Expands Service

District underwrites extension of evening MetroLink service The St. Clair County Transit District (SCCTD) will extend evening MetroLink service in response to current riders. MetroLink service will be extended to Shiloh-Scott Station in the evenings instead of truncating service at Fairview Heights. The expanded service will begin on June 23. “We saw an opportunity where… Read more »

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Growing Support for Raising Taxes for Transportation Projects

Researchers from the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) conducted their ninth annual public opinion survey around the question: “What Do Americans Think about Federal Tax Options to Support Transportation?”  Results indicate that a majority of Americans would support higher taxes for transportation under the right circumstances. For example, 72% of respondents supported a gas tax increase… Read more »

Northside Southside MetroLink Study nears completion

After a year and a half of data analysis, study and public feedback from over 60 presentations, meetings and open houses, the Northside-Southside Study team is releasing their recommended first phase project alignment for the City of St. Louis.  The mission of the consulting team was to ensure the best route for Northside-Southside would align with… Read more »