This afternoon, CMT hosted its 32nd Annual Meeting, and as part of the special event, the organization celebrated the incredible efforts of the following groups and individuals who are championing transit in the St. Louis area:
- MetroBus drivers Bryant Goston, Bryan Moore and Richard Hines: On Feb. 5, the drivers were on break when they heard the sound of two vehicles colliding. Racing over to investigate what occurred, they discovered that one of the vehicles had over-turned and caught on fire, trapping four people inside. Goston, Moore and Hines immediately jumped into action, grabbing fire extinguishers from their busses, and then putting out the flames, pulling the victims from the car and contacting emergency responders. Their heroic efforts were recognized by CMT with a 2016 New Initiatives Award.
- CMT Ten Toe Volunteer Walk Leaders Mary Fran Balmer, Joan and Norm Krumrey, Dan and Meredith O’Conner, Mary Blais, Loretta Davis and Marilyn Potter: Since its inception, the Ten Toe Program has given 8,000 St. Louisans the chance to explore the region using transit and their own ten toes. The program’s success wouldn’t have been possible without the work of CMT’s dedicated volunteer walk leaders who have led more than 240 walks, escorted countless individuals to new destinations and helped residents learn how to use transit. In the spirit of the Olympics, the walk leaders were presented with GOLD medals recognizing their efforts.
- St. Louis County: During the year, CMT had the pleasure of working with St. Louis County and the St. Louis County Police Department to examine ways to ensure public confidence in the safety and security of the region’s transit system. This spring, the County further demonstrated its support of transit by approving an additional $2 million in funding from the Prop A Capital Account to bolster police resources and personnel on the transit system. CMT recognized the County’s efforts by presenting St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger with the 2016 CMT Chairman’s Award.
“Congratulations go out to all of these amazing award winners! CMT thanks each of you for your unwavering support for transit in the St. Louis area, and your ongoing commitment to moving our transit system forward,” said Kim Cella, CMT executive director at Annual Meeting.