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As Metro Transit prepares for minor quarterly service adjustments set to go into effect on March 18, Citizens for Modern Transit is hosting a “Candid Conversation with Commuters” in partnership with Metro Transit and the St. Clair County Transit District officials. The event will take place on Wednesday, March 6, at noon via Zoom, and will provide a platform for transit riders and the community at-large to ask questions about route changes, the operator shortage, new fare system, security and more. The virtual event is free and open to the public. Registration is required and can be completed here.

The discussion will feature Charles Stewart, Chief Operating Officer of Metro Transit, Ken Sharkey, Managing Director of the St. Clair County Transit District, Trenise Winters, Assistant Executive Director of Metro Transit, Jessica Gershman, Assistant Executive Director of Planning & Systems for Metro Transit, and Tom Curran, Executive Vice-President of Administration at Bi-State Development. The conversation will be moderated by Kimberly Cella, Executive Director of Citizens for Modern Transit.

Those interested in submitting a question in advance of the forum can do so via Citizens for Modern Transit’s social media channels or by emailing the advocacy organization directly at Questions will also be taken through the “chat” feature on Zoom during the forum.

“We are potentially seeing the light at the end of the operator shortage – and the St. Louis area is no exception,” commented Cella. “As Metro Transit looks to the future on routes, frequencies, new fare policies and systems, we are providing a forum for the public to ask questions and gain insights.”

CMT’s “Candid Conversation with Commuters,” targeting the general public, is a spin-off of its quarterly “Talking Transit” events designed 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 that address a wide range of topics, including transit-oriented development, safety and security, best practices, service changes and more.

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