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SLU’s Pestello Confirmed 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 in October 2018. Today, the Missouri Senate confirmed this appointment to the Bi-State Board of Commissioners. Dr. Pestello is the President of Saint Louis University,… Read more »

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CMT, Transit Agencies Oppose SB39 – Conceal & Carry on Transit

The Senate Transportation Committee heard testimony  yesterday on Senate Bill 39 (SB39)  sponsored by Senator Bob Onder.   SB39 would allow conceal carry on transit vehicles. Various bills were introduced in the MO House of Representatives and the MO Senate this session which would allow individuals with conceal/carry permits to carry their firearms on public transit buses, vans,… 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… Read more »

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Infrastructure Tops the List of Priorities for 2019 Legislative Session

Missouri Governor Mike Parson made his State of the State address on Wednesday. As expected Governor Parson stressed workforce development and infrastructure in his State of the State address. This included his support for increased broadband coverage, $75 million in increased funding for workforce development programs and an infrastructure plan for transportation funded by budget… Read more »

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Spring Ten Toe Express Registration Now Open; Get on Board Today

Created to inspire St. Louis area older adults, as well as any other interested individuals, to see how easy it is to integrate walking with public transit use to get around town, the CMT Ten Toe Express Walk Program also promotes the health and well-being benefits of transit commuting. The 2019  Spring Session kicks off on Wednesday, April… Read more »

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Transportation Bills Filed as 2019 Legislative Session Gets Underway

The Missouri 2019 Legislative Session kicked off last week in Jefferson City, Missouri.  There have been several transportation funding bills already introduced: SB 190 – Onder – Requires a portion of sales and use tax revenue to be deposited into the State Road Fund SB 201 – Romine – Replaces the current motor vehicle registration fee system… Read more »

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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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Make Plans to Attend CMT’s Next “Talking Transit” Event, Featuring a Panel Discussion on MetroLink Security Assessment Recommendations

In an effort to actively address local challenges and continue to help our community regain confidence in safe and secure rides aboard MetroLink, the East-West Gateway Council of Governments’ Board of Directors authorized an 8-month, $400,000 MetroLink Security Assessment in March 2018. The assessment has been completed, and final security recommendations will be submitted in… 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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Stay Toasty on Transit Offers Sweet Commute this Morning

  CMT teamed up with the MetroLink Police Unit, Metro Transit, and UMSL today  to highlight transit as a viable winter transportation option in the St. Louis region during the Toasty on Transit event.  To help keep commuters warm, and spread a little holiday cheer, the group collaborated to host a “Stay Toasty on Transit”… Read more »