Posts Categorized: Rail

House approves Transportation Bill

Updated 11/6/15 Yesterday, the US House of Representatives passed a 6-year transportation bill, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015 . The legislation is a 6-year bill authorizing $325 billion for transportation over that time. The bill will now move to a conference committee. The current extension of MAP-21 expires on November 20th.   There… Read more »

Alton breaks ground on new Multi-Modal Center

Federal, state, and local officials broke ground on the new Alton Regional Multi-Modal Transportation Center along Homer Adams Parkway. Representatives from the local business community, labor organizations, and community groups witnessed the celebration. Speaking about the new 9,000 square foot Alton Regional Multi-Modal Transportation Center, Alton Mayor Brant Walker stated, “This new facility will be… Read more »

CMT Transit Alliance weighs in on County’s MetroLink corridor study

The CMT Transit Alliance, representing a diverse group of organizations in the region, had the opportunity to weigh in with St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger and his staff on the selection process for the future light rail corridor study in St. Louis County this week.   St. Louis County requested the opportunity to work with… Read more »

IL Governor announces 40% reduction in AMTRAK funding

IL Governor Rauner has announced a 40% reduction in Amtrak funding to begin July 1 which will have a drastic impact on service between St. Louis and Chicago and beyond.  At least half of Illinois-funded downstate trains will be discontinued if implemented. Illinois contracts with Amtrak to operate eight daily round-trip linking Chicago and three… Read more »

Don’t miss the St. Louis Earth Day Symposium – Livable Communities on June 3

St. Louis Earth Day Symposium – Livable Communities June 3, 2015, 8am – 5:30pm Saint Louis University, Il Monastero Scholarships and discounts available to ensure access for all those interested. Attendees will learn about sustainability practices that are changing the face of our cities and neighborhoods, while creating a positive environmental, social, and political impact in our… Read more »

Metro releases new mobile app for the transit system

Metro On The Go, the official mobile application of the Metro transit system, is now available to all Metro riders. The new mobile app combines the features of Metro’s web-based Trip Planner with real-time vehicle data and the location services of the user’s mobile device. Transit riders now have a convenient, easy-to-use way to know… Read more »

HR1393 looks at giving more control to local communities on transportation projects

A bipartisan group of senators and representatives have released a bill giving local communities more access to, and control over, a share of the federal transportation dollars that flow into their states.  Representatives Davis (R-IL), Titus (D-NV) Harper, (R-MS), Bustos (D-IL), Lipinski (D-IL) and Cartwright (D-PA) co-sponsored H.R. 1393, the Innovation in Surface Transportation Act of 2015…. Read more »

Transit projects on the move nationally

On February 2, President Obama released his fiscal year (FY) 2016 budget request for funding the federal government.  According to the Center for Transportation Excellence, within the budget request, the Federal Transit Administration’s New Starts/Small Starts grant program designated 54 projects to receive grants to improve and/or expand public transit. Many of the awards  include… Read more »

Billions invested in Transit Projects in 2014

 The Transport Politic highlights billions in major transit investments in the US and Canada in 2014- a banner year in every metropolitan region in the U.S.  Yonah Freemark, the blog’s author, summarizes the impact and cost of the projects and offers the following observations: 737 miles of new lines and extensions  in 2014. 10 new… Read more »

Annual MetroLink Fare Survey Starts October 20!

Metro will begin its annual MetroLink Fare survey starting today, October 20 through Friday, November 14!  Data from the survey is used to evaluate how customers use the light rail system and how they pay. Fare surveyors can be identified by their badges with a Metro logo and title listed as Survey Supervisor or Surveyor. … Read more »

Exciting New Perk for CMT members

There are many reasons to join CMT as a member, but CMT and Enterprise CarShare have negotiated an exciting new deal for CMT members that we are pleased to announce today! CMT members will now be able to take advantage of $25 off their first year of Enterprise CarShare membership!  Over the last several years,… Read more »

CMT Annual Meeting Keynote Panel lays out vision for transit for future

CMT’s Fiscal Year 2015 kicks-off 30 years of advocating for good public transit in the St. Louis region. As a part of the kick-off events, CMT invited local leaders to discuss their vision for transit and the future of the region. The keynote panel included St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern; MoDOT Director Dave Nichols;… Read more »

CMT wraps up fiscal year on high note for transit & the organization

CMT wraps up its fiscal year on a high for transit with a potential new light rail station on the MetroLink alignment in the future, its upcoming SOLD OUT Annual Meeting on Sept. 12; record numbers of St. Louisans getting on board to try transit for the first time;  and surpassing our membership goal for FY14… Read more »

A YES on Amendment 7 is a YES for TRANSIT

For the first time in Missouri history, voters have the opportunity to support a dedicated funding source for public transportation. The Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission approved a list of priority projects to  fund through Amendment 7 including more than $800 million in transit projects over the next ten years including committed matches to Amendment 7… Read more »