Tuesday’s workshop at the World Trade Center in Clayton went very well. Nearly fifty people showed up over the course of two hours and made their way around the four information stations that were put together and staffed by our Planning Department. These stations, which you can view and download as .pdfs on the Moving Transit Forward website, are designed to provide the information necessary so that when a person reaches the fifth station, they can sit down with a map, pencils, and cost information and design their ideal transit system for the St. Louis region. Finally, at the sixth station, you get to rank your top three preferences for transit enhancements.
Of course, not every single detail can be covered using exhibit boards, so Metro’s Planning staff, Finance staff, and other members of the Moving Transit Forward team are available at each station to answer questions. At the end of the evening, team members collect all of the participant’s maps to analyze and help guide the team when drawing up the preliminary thirty-year plan.
I was pleased to see how many people came, and I also appreciated how much time and energy people were putting into drawing their maps and working through the financing exercise. This public input is crucial for the plan because the whole point of these workshops is to get out and talk to folks about what they want to see from their transit system, and answer any questions they have so that their choices are based on good information.
The workshops are continuing for the rest of this week and all of next, up to the last one on October 27 at Mehlville High School. You’ve got plenty of time to get out to one or, if you just can’t make it, take a look at those downloadable materials on the Moving Transit Forward site, and work through the mapping and finance exercise. If you have questions while you’re working through the materials, please email the Moving Transit Forward team or use the Contact Form on the website to get your questions answered. When you’re done, scan & email your map & exercise back to us, or drop it in the mail to:
Moving Transit Forward
Mail Stop 144
707 North First Street
St. Louis, Missouri 63102
Remember, we want your input so we’re making it as easy as possible for you to let us know what you think.