Belleville Transit Center Transit Transformation
CMT in collaboration with St. Clair County Transit District, AARP St. Louis, and Metro Transit announced that the Belleville Transit Center will be the location of its next transformation project. St. Clair County Transit District’s Board of Commissioners approved $60,000 for the project. George L. Crawford & Associates, Inc. (DBA/CBB) has been selected as the planning and design consultant. Organizers will host three workshops, in a series of design workshops for the Belleville Transit Center Transformation Project, looking for Belleville area residents, business leaders, and transit riders to weigh in and share their ideas on how to transform the existing space around the Belleville MetroLink Transit Center into an active, urban oasis that reflects the rich cultural heritage of the community. These workshops will be held virtually via Zoom due to COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions.
“The Belleville Transit Center will be the third transit stop to be transformed in the St. Louis region,” commented Kimberly Cella, executive director of Citizens for Modern Transit. “The first to be transformed was a Maplewood MetroBus Stop in spring 2020, followed by the Emerson Transit Center in late-summer 2021. Each of these projects are helping to create engaging, energized spaces that promote community and transit use.”
“Transit Stop Transformation” Projects are designed to showcase a deep understanding of and commitment to equitable development around transit, the impact and possibility of play, the ability for creative interventions to produce long-term impact in neighborhoods accessible for residents eight to 80 years of age, and the need for collaboration to succeed. Partners work with stakeholders to build consensus and policies to move permanent development forward – and ultimately help improve safety and security, build ridership on the system and increase activity around transit, while reinforcing the element of fun that comes with activating space around transit and building community.