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CMT offering scholarships to 2017 MPTA Conference in Springfield

2017 conference logo biggerThe 2017 Missouri Public Transit Association Conference & Expo is right around the corner this summer August 6-8 in Springfield, MO at the University Plaza Hotel. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to meet with other transit professionals, stakeholders, elected officials, and interested citizens to shape policy, develop networks, and collaborate to share knowledge and create new ideas for transit in Missouri.

The planning committee has organized a quality program to educate and inform participants of issues critical to the transit industry. There will be sessions for rural, small urban and urban systemstransit enthusiasts, direct service employees, state DOT’s, FTA and many more.

Conference Highlights include:

    • Workshops highlighting transit innovations, driver motivation/retention, customer service, Placemaking opportunities and more.
    • Invited speakers include Nidhi Gulati, Program Manager, Emerald Network LivableStreets Alliance and Siphiwe Baleka, founder of Fitness Trucking and award winning fitness guru and author
    • Exciting networking opportunities including trip to Hammons Field to watch the Springfield Redbirds
    • Intensive mobile workshop Monday afternoon looking at the site surrounding the brand new City Utilities Transit Center
    • Updates from FTA Region VII and the Missouri Department of Transportation
    • Special NTI Training on All Hazards Awareness and Preparedness
    • Exhibitor Reception on Monday evening

Early Bird Registration is $275 through May 15, 2017. Regular conference rate is $325 after May 15. Make your reservations today at

CMT is offering several scholarships for the 2017 conference through the Fred Epstein Public Transit Education Fund.

CMT will be offering several scholarships for registration for this upcoming conference through the Fred Epstein Transit Education Fund. As one of the founders of Citizens for Modern Transit (CMT) in 1985, Fred Epstein, whose passions included transit and access to public transportation, ensured the St. Louis region had an articulate, active voice for public transit with Citizens for Modern Transit. From 1986 to 1998, Fred worked diligently to ensure light rail came to fruition as a member of the Citizens for Modern Transit Board of Directors including a stint as President, Vice-President and Treasurer over the years.

Fred was a true public transit visionary and advocate who dedicated years to the transit discussion, ensuring in part through his leadership St. Louis MetroLink came to fruition. Fred was a leader on the transit front in St. Louis, and this education fund would be a way to build new transit leaders in his name and honor his goal to ensure a great transit system for all in the region.

Interested in a scholarship for this conference? Please send the following to CMT at by May 1, 2017. Recipients will be chosen by committee by May 12, 2017.   Hotel reservations will be on your  own.







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