Citizens For Modern Transit To Host Talking Transit Event On June 21


Event to Feature Panel Discussion on Development Opportunities Around MetroLink 

A safe, reliable public transit system is credited with much more than simply getting people to and from destinations. It plays a key role in stimulating economic development and attracting and retaining business. To further reinforce the impact transit has on our region, Citizens for Modern Transit is bringing local and national experts together to discuss the opportunity that exists for development near transit in the St. Louis market. Area residents are invited to attend the “Talking Transit” event on Friday, June 21, at 8:30 a.m. at Innovation Hall, located on the first floor of 4220 Duncan Avenue, in midtown St. Louis, Mo., which is accessible via the MetroLink or MetroBus.

The event will include a panel discussion featuring Aaron Burnett, president of the ByWater Development Group in St. Louis, Mo.; Jeff Tegethoff, principal of Pearl Development in Indianapolis, Ind.; Reed Singer, director of infrastructure for ULLICO Infrastructure Fund in Chicago, Ill.; Robert Ship, Midwest regional vice president for ULLICO Real Estate Investment Group in Chicago, Ill.; and Brandon Sterling, executive director of Skinker DeBaliviere Community Council in St. Louis, Mo.

“Developers understand the value of public transit and the economic benefit it brings to their projects, often choosing to build, locate and expand in communities with adequate transit access,” commented Kimberly Cella, executive director of Citizens for Modern Transit. “It was a priority for the Cortex Innovative Community, which was one of several community partners that helped secure the needed financing to make the Cortex Metrolink Station a reality. We are excited to host this discussion and learn more about other local opportunities.”

Registration for the Talking Transit event can be completed online at or by arriving early to the event. The cost is free for CMT members and $10 for non-members. For non-members that would like to attend but have personal financial constraints, CMT offers a limited number of scholarships for each of the Talking Transit events. To learn more about the event, or for more information on Citizens for Modern Transit and its efforts to further transit development in the St. Louis region, call (314) 231-7272, find the organization on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @cmt_stl.

Citizens for Modern Transit is a nonprofit, member supported organization that leads efforts for an integrated, affordable, and convenient public transportation system with light rail expansion as the critical component that will drive economic growth to improve quality of life in the St. Louis region.

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