While we continue to navigate the changes to daily life amidst COVID-19, one thing is unchanged – public transit access remains essential. Local transit agencies are working tirelessly to provide as much service as possible while also focusing on keeping operators and passengers safe. They are delivering essential personnel like healthcare workers and first responders to their jobs and ensuring everyday citizens can gain access to food, medicine, and other necessities. Help Citizens for Modern Transit and TRANSIT stay on track this #GivingTuesday with a year-end gift. #GivingTuesday, December 1st, is an online day of giving with ways to share your support and help get family and friends involved in causes you care about.
Citizens for Modern Transit’s (CMT) advocacy work and programming is more important than ever as Missourians get back to the business of building safe, sustainable and economically viable communities. Our advocacy efforts have stepped up at the state and federal level to help secure the necessary funding to keep Missouri systems moving. We are also hard at work building programming and developing educational materials around workforce development as we head back to work.
With the help of members, and in collaboration with area partners, CMT is furthering the framework upon which public transit can continue to thrive. Projects and programs making an impact include:
- Completion of a MetroBus Transformation Project in Maplewood, MO., which is serving as the model for similar projects in other areas
- $25 billion in CARES Act Funding for public transit, including more than $240 million in Missouri.
- A 2019 Transit Economic Impact Study for the St. Louis region and the state of Missouri.
- Expansion of the Ten Toe Express Program through a partnership with AARP.
- A MetroLink Access Pilot that led to environmental design changes at stations.
- The CMT Try & Ride Program, which introduced more than 7,000 individuals to transit for work.
- Management of statewide advocacy for transit through the Missouri Public Transit Association.
- Expansion of work to Illinois in partnership with St. Clair County Transit District.
With your support, we can impact our community in a lasting way. Please join us by making your year-end gift online. Remember, all gifts to CMT are tax-deductible. Gifts of $100 or more will receive a special gift – When the Railroad Leaves Town, a book that looks back at the impact of transportation on our communities.