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CMT Challenges Members with year end appeal

I am pleased to inform you that Citzens for Modern Transit (CMT) has been awarded a grant to help build support for public transit in our community. This competitively-awarded Federal grant will provide more than $600,000 to CMT to educate the public about public transit; to provide support for building livable communities that encourage transit … Continued

CMT awarded Missouri Foundation for Health Grant to continue focus on TOD

Citizens for Modern Transit has been awarded a grant by the Missouri Foundation for Health to continue its work on Transit Oriented Development policy in the St. Louis region.  Quality housing and neighborhoods are vital to community health and well-being.  St. Louis has an asset which could serve as a catalyst for quality development if … Continued

The case for investment in public transit in MO

Recently, the Missouri Public Transit Association, MPTA, released a case statement on the need for state investment in public transit in Missouri.  According to the national American Public TRansit Association, every dollar spent on public transportation generates four dollars in direct return on investment in economic activity.  There are not many investments like this generating … Continued

The Laurel Apartments To Begin Resident WeCar Program with electric vehicle

The Laurel Apartments at The Mercantile Exchange is about to become the first apartment community to offer its residents a car-sharing program.  The Laurel is partnering with WeCar by Enterprise Rent-A-Car to provide this service.  Even more exciting is the announcement that the cars to be used by the program will be the new Chevy Volt … Continued

New MetroBus Fare Box Pilot Program installed on 40 Buses

Metro begins process of upgrading its fare box system. As the new fare box pilot program wraps up its first month aboard MetroBus vehicles, Metro St. Louis is asking for feedback from the public.   The updated fare boxes debuted on 40 MetroBus vehicles on October 1 and will be installed on the rest of the 400-vehicle fleet … Continued

Tapping into High Speed Rail in Midwest at first event

 On Wednesday, November 14 at 5:00 p.m., Citizens for Modern Transit and the Vanguard Cabinet’s Transportation Committee present “Tapping Into Transit: High Speed Rail in the Midwest,” a presentation on the progress and future of high-speed rail from Saint Louis to Chicago. Midwest High-Speed Rail Association Executive Director Rick Harnish will provide attendees with a … Continued

Don’t miss results on the ULI Study on the Grand MetroLink Station

Don’t miss the upcoming presentation from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) St. Louis presented by Citizens for Modern Transit in partnership with Metro on the possibilities for the Grand MetroLink Station. ULI professionals will present on the possibilities for Transit Oriented Development (TOD) opportunities at the Grand Metrolink Station on Tuesday, November 13, 2012. CMT … Continued

What tools are other cities using to bring TOD & Joint Development to their systems?

The City of Los Angeles served as the backdrop for the 18th Rail~Volution conference, the annual national conference on transit and livable communities, with  more than 1,000 in attendance this past week.  The conference focused on Transit Orientation – making land use, economic development, urban design, housing and transportation decisions that enhance and support the … Continued

MetroBikeLink Phase II great new addition for the region

Yesterday marked the opening of Phase II of the MetroBikeLink trail in St. Clair County, IL with an official ribbon cutting ceremony.  However, even before the ‘official’ opening, residents demonstrated just how important a multi-modal system is to the region.  Contractors on the project reported that they were constantly asking runners, walkers, bikers to hold … Continued

Amtrak Sets Passenger Record on Chicago-St. Louis Route

Amtrak Ridership Up and MetroBikeLink Extension Opening There was an 11% increase in passengers who used the Lincoln Service train between St. Louis and Chicago in this past fiscal year, setting a record for the route!  That equates to over 675,000 passengers over the course of the year.  Passenger numbers also increased on the Chicago-Carbondale … Continued

CMT to Sponsor ULI TAP at Grand Station

CMT will be engaging the Urban Land Institute St. Louis Chapter to do a Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) for the Grand MetroLink Station.  The TAP, composed of local experts on land use, policy, and development, will spend October 30, 2012 analyzing the opportunities for the Grand Station, interviewing stakeholders and developing a possible plan to … Continued

Jump in DART Ridership Figures

The counting system which Metro employs on MetroLink and MetroBus, automatic passenger counters (APCs), are now in use in Dallas on the DART light rail system.  These infrared sensors over the doors count passengers as they enter the rail car, thereby eliminating a visual counting system.  Sounds more efficient, right?  Well just how much more … Continued

How will Loop Streetcar Impact Development?

The final approval of the $25 million federal grant to fund The Loop Trolley has highlighted the discussion of what sort of development might truly arise post construction.  A large goal of the two-mile streetcar track, which will stretch from University City Hall to Forest Park, is to revitalize the stretch of property along Delmar, … Continued

A Brief Glimpse into Chicago Streetcars

Take a look at the streetcars of Chicago from the early 1900s in this article by John R. Schmidt of WBEZ91.5 in Chicago.  The fascination with streetcars seems to only be mounting across the country, so why not take a peek at some of the history! Find out some facts we bet you never knew: … Continued

Riding “The Tide”

A recent article in Progressive Railroading highlighted that in Norfolk, Virginia, if the light rail system, Hampton Roads Transit’s The Tide, did not exist, 44% of the riders would be using cars instead.  The Tide began service just over a year ago and “In just over a year, light rail has demonstrated its importance to … Continued

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