The St. Louis region knows public transit creates jobs, promotes spending and stimulates local economies; however, there has been no data to support this – until now. Citizens for Modern Transit (CMT) will reveal the findings of its 2019 Economic Impact of Public Transit Services in the State of Missouri study at the “Talking Transit” event, being held on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 8:30 a.m. at the St. Louis Regional Chamber Collaboration Center. Registration can be completed online . The cost is free for CMT members and $10 for non-members. A limited number of scholarships are available to those with personal financial constraints.
This first-of-its-kind study was funded by CMT, the Missouri Public Transit Association and AARP St. Louis, and conducted by Robert M. Lewis, FAICP, CEcD, an independent consultant and assistant professor of Urban Planning & Development at Saint Louis University. Lewis is set to share findings relative to rider demographics, economic impacts, transit agency spending and funding sources. A panel of local stakeholders will then weigh in on the outcomes and discuss how the information can be utilized to build the case for more state and federal funding for transit.
CMT hosts quarterly “Talking Transit” events to keep members, elected officials, stakeholders, transit riders and others in the loop on issues and efforts influencing the local transit system. These educational gatherings feature guest speakers and panel discussions addressing a wide range of topics like transit-oriented development, safety and security, best practices, service changes and more. To learn more about these events and how Citizens for Modern Transit is working to further transit access in the St. Louis region, call (314) 231-7272, find the organization on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @cmt_stl.