While Fiscal Year 2020 saw dramatic changes to daily life due to the pandemic and social unrest, there are a few things that remained unchanged – includingthe essentialness of public transit access. Local transit agencies, as well as those across the state and nationwide, worked tirelessly to provide as much service as possible, while focusing on keeping operators and passengers safe.
This historic year demonstrated that public transit goes well beyond the ride. It provides access to jobs, education, healthcare and goods and services. It promotes social equality, positions the region for growth and provides economic return. These deliverables have fueled the mission of Citizens for Modern Transit (CMT) for the past 36 years and will continue to motivate the organization to move transit forward in the years to come.
Since CMT’s establishment in 1985, it has grown to represents more than 22,000 constituents, including transit riders, major employers, academic institutions and labor and community organizations. CMT serves as a strong and effective voice on transit-related matters and is continually working to establish, support and enhance programming and initiatives to help further public transportation. The organization’s vision, tenacity and extraordinary leadership continues to play a fundamental role in maintaining a safe, integrated and affordable transportation system for the St. Louis region.
Throughout FY20, CMT’s advocacy moved into action.Transit stayed at the center of many regional discussions. Safety and security took significant steps forward, and expansion plans for light rail in Illinois began to come together. Critical federal funding was secured for transit, and workforce development partnerships were formed to provide job access. And for the first time, the CMT established permanent placemaking through the Maplewood Transit Stop Transformation project in partnership with AARP in St. Louis. Check out some of the highlights in the FY20 Annual Report.
As we head into FY2021, we know the days and weeks ahead will be faced with continued uncertainties and changes, yet CMT will remain steadfast in its commitment to furthering three key areas of opportunity for transit. This includes increasing collaboration and support for transit at both at the regional and state levels, rebuilding ridership numbers and maintaining the organization’s financial stability. We also look forward to working alongside regional leaders as they prepare to make important decisions tied to the future of transit. Special thanks to our supporters for their commitment in FY20.
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June McAllister Fowler
Chair, CMT Board of Directors
Kimberly M. Cella
Executive Director, CMT