To help commuters stay toasty on transit this winter – while sharing a little holiday cheer – Citizens for Modern Transit, Metro Transit, St. Clair County Transit District, Bureau of Transit Police, Metro Transit Public Safety, AARP in St. Louis and University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL), handed out fun socks, hats and candy canes to riders at select transit locations on Monday, Dec. 21 to mark the first day of winter. This appreciation event also kicked off a winter-long effort aimed at providing hats, scarves, gloves and other new winter gear items to transit riders as needs are identified on the regional public transit system.
The socks and hats, featuring a winter hat, hot cocoa, cookies and the words “Stay Toasty on Transit,” were distributed from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the North Hanley Transit Center, Fairview Heights Transit Center, Belleville Transit Center, Central West End Transit Center, Shrewsbury-Lansdowne I-44 Transit Center and Riverview Transit Center. All extras have been added to a selection of other new winter gear items that MetroLink Police Officers and Metro Transit Public Safety will hand out to transit riders in need throughout the remainder of the winter months.
“These community engagement events are a great opportunity to thank riders while sharing the benefits of transit with the greater St. Louis region. We are happy to participate since public transit plays such a significant role with access to our campus,” said D’Andre Braddix, Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs at University of Missouri-St. Louis and Vice-President of CMT Board of Directors.
This event provides a valuable opportunity for the partnering organizations to interact with riders, strengthen relationships, and reinforce their collective commitment to a safe, world-class, customer-focused transit experience.
A special thank you to G4S, The Hauser Group, Lois Mans of Farmers Insurance Agency and H.E.R.O.E.S. Care for their generous support of the winter-long effort.