CMT was recently selected as a recipient of a grant under the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) Local Transit Coalition Grant Program for 2023. Through this grant, CMT will build consensus around a Transit Transformation project to benefit the East St. Louis, IL community through placemaking. CMT has identified the Fifth and Missouri Transit Center in East St. Louis, IL as the focus for this project. The transformation changes to the station will help to improve safety/security, access and equity in the area. This transit center is one of the highest ridership light rail stations in Illinois. Also this station is an integral multi-modal connection site. It has 4 fixed connecting MetroBus routes totaling 53.5% of the Illinois bus ridership touching this station as well as the SCCTD Flyer, a mobility on demand Zone just initiated in East St. Louis.
“The goal of this project would be to create a pilot transformation project and practices that can be shared with other transit organizations in order to increase transit ridership and investment in transit, increase awareness of transit and its benefits in communities across the Midwest, whether they ride it or not, and beyond,” said Kimberly Cella, CMT Executive Director.