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CMT posts Grants/Program Manager Position opening

Job Posting Citizens for Modern Transit (CMT) is seeking a talented individual to serve as Grants/Program Manager of the organization.  CMT, a 1000-member 501(c)3 organization with a 24-member volunteer board, leads the St. Louis region’s education and advocacy efforts for a robust and expanding transit system, especially light rail, with the goal of building livable, … Continued

Missouri Blue Ribbon Transportation Commission releases report

The Missouri Blue Ribbon TRansportation Commission released its Missouri Transportation Needs Final Report.   According to Co-chair Bill McKenna it was the intent of the committee to determine the needs and options to fix those needs.  Over 800 attended the various meetings held around the state with over 200 providing testimony.  Bill noted several key points that … Continued

Progress Continues on National Rail Network, Transportation Improvements

Over the past four years, the Obama Administration has made public transportation and high-speed rail a more central focus of public policy. The concept of a ” National Rail Network” was developed by the Administration with the goal of spurring economic growth and making high-speed rail accessible to 80% of Americans within 25 years.  Since … Continued

CMT to host national TOD expert Dena Belzer on Feb. 6

Citizens for Modern Transit (CMT) will present Economics of Building Around Light Rail in a few short weeks. Set for Wednesday, Feb. 6 at noon at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, the event will feature National Transit Oriented Development Expert, Dena Belzer, who will provide insight on why building around light rail should … Continued

Grand MetroLink ULI TAP Report Now Available Online

Following the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) technical assistance panel (TAP) on October 30, 2012, a presentation was held in November to discuss the outcomes of the study and address recommendations for potential development around the Grand MetroLink Station. Since completion of the TAP and panel presentation, ULI has put together a report outlining its recommendations … Continued

Database of Development Around MetroLink Now Available Online

Citizens for Modern Transit has compiled a database of development occurring around MetroLink stations, which is now available on the CMT website. New developments within a half mile of a MetroLink station were recorded in the database, along with information on the square footage, cost, and type of development. At this time, nearly $16.5 billion … Continued

New MetroLink Ticket Validation Procedures Begin Today

New validation procedures for MetroLink ticket and 2-hour passes begin today, January 7, 2013. Under the new procedures, ticket vending machines will no longer print the expiration time on the following tickets and passes, requiring them to be validated before boarding: 1-Ride Ticket 2-Hour Pass Round-Trip Tickets (each ticket immediately prior to travel) Tickets from … Continued

Transportation Day at the Capitol is set for Feb. 4, 2014

Transportation Day 2014 is set for Feb. 4, 2014 in Jefferson City.  I hope you will consider joining us in our efforts by attending this morning of meetings with key legislators at the state Capitol.   We have heard from legislators that they do no think transit is a priority for people in Missouri because they are not hearing … Continued

Exciting new addition for transit commuters to CMT Guaranteed Ride Home

Citizens for Modern Transit is excited to promote the Guaranteed Ride Home Program with the largest rental car company in North America, Enterprise Rent-A-Car!  CMT’s  registered transit, bike and walk commuters can now receive special pricing for when they need an emergency ride home, the ability to rent vehicles from all Enterprise Rent-A-Car locations in the Greater … Continued

Fiscall Cliff Bill Restores Transit User Tax Break

Congress’ passage of the “fiscal cliff” aversion bill this week  included a rise in tax benefits for people who use public transportation to travel to work.  The ability to withhold from paychecks the amount transit users spend on trips to work has been a topic pushed since 2011.  But since then, the benefit remained almost … Continued

High-speed Rail Hubs Attracting Development to Urban Centers

High-speed rail (HSR) has long been touted as a tool of economic development in addition to its primary function of improving connectivity and ease of travel. It now seems that high-speed rail also has the potential to contribute to the nation’s urban revitalization trends. Because HSR and other rail hubs are often located in urban … Continued

Congratulations to December Transit Pic Contest Winner!

For over a year, CMT has hosted the The Citizens for Modern Best Transit Pic Contest.  The winner receives a free month-long Metro pass.  This month’s photo, chosen by CMT’s own intern, Melissa Theiss, provides a unique perspective to truly show what is old is also new at the 8th & Pine MetroLink Station. …And … Continued

China Embarks on Longest High Speed Rail Line

This past Wednesday, China initiated service on “the world’s longest high-speed rail line,” which runs between Beijing and Guangzhou (approximately the distance between New York and Key West, FL).  This now eight hour trip, will move passengers at 300 km, or 186 mph, compared to older trains still in use which take 21 hours for … Continued

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