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College Transit Challenge Hopes to Reinforce the Advantages of a Robust Public Transit System
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), August 3, 2019 - To underscore the advantages of a robust public transit system and further boost ridership among students, faculty and staff at higher education institutions, Citizens for Modern Transit, Metro Transit, Metro Transit Public Safety and the Bureau of Transit Police are teaming up with St. Louis Community College (#STLCC), Saint Louis University (#SLU), Southwestern Illinois College (#SWIC), University of Missouri-St. Louis (#UMSL) and Washington University in St. Louis (#WUSTL) to host the first ever College Transit Challenge.

On Wednesday, Aug. 28, those affiliated with the respective schools can help their college or university win by taking MetroBus or MetroLink that day. Ridership will be tracked via social media. Participants simply check in at a Metro Transit Center - via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter - and post a status update or photo with #iTakeTransit, along with their school's hashtag (ex: #iTakeTransit #UMSL).

The school with the most ridership will be awarded bragging rights and a MetroLink Train Trophy. All College Transit Challenge participants will be entered in a prize drawing for St. Louis Cardinals tickets and more. Plus, those who show their Metro U-Pass to the Bureau of Transit Police and Metro Transit Public Safety Officers when traveling via MetroLink or MetroBus that day may receive a special prize.

"One of the goals of this challenge is to spotlight the fact that academic institutions are helping to support sustainable transit access through transit fare programming,' stated Taulby Roach, President and CEO, Bi-State Development. "More than 100,000 passes provide students, faculty and staff unlimited access for MetroBus and MetroLink trips during the school year through Metro's U-Pass program.

In addition to getting to and from campus, these passes can be utilized to gain free access to restaurants, shopping, employment opportunities, sporting and concert venues, and St. Louis culture. It's safe, convenient and far more cost effective than driving, paying for parking or utilizing on-demand ride services."

College Transit Challenge partners are hosting a kick-off event at 8 a.m. at the Grand MetroLink Station. There will be formal remarks by Kimberly Cella, Executive Director, Citizens for Modern Transit; Taulby Roach, President and CEO, Bi-State Development; Colonel Jon M. Belmar, Chief of Police, St. Louis County Police Department; Thomas F. George, Chancellor, University of Missouri-St. Louis; and Ashley Williams, a student from Washington University in St. Louis who regularly uses the local public transit system. Mascots from each of the participating schools, as well as other representatives, will also be on hand.

"This day-long effort is an yet another opportunity for us to reinforce the key role a safe, integrated public transit system plays in providing access and opportunity to an array of resources, including education," said Kimberly Cella, Executive Director, Citizens for Modern Transit. "We are grateful for our academic partners and look forward to a fun-filled day aboard transit."


Tower Grove Farmers' Market Is Great Place to Shop and Picnic
Farmers Market at Tower Grove Park
The Farmers' Market, located just west of Center Cross Drive in the heart of Tower Grove Park, is a favorite place to find fresh produce from local farmers, Saturday mornings from 8am to 12:30pm through mid-November and Tuesday evenings, 4 - 7pm through early October. (L-R) On a warm Tuesday evening, June 25, Pat and Jay Howie, from Howie Farms in Villa Ridge, MO, enjoyed sharing information about their experience at the market. Jay noted that their farm is mainly poultry, but he brings in honey, peach salsa, tomatoes and other produce from local farmers within 150 miles of St. Louis. Shoppers can find a wide selection of vegetables and fruit, such as the special tomatoes and blueberries from Yoder's Produce Farm, Opdyke, IL, and other specialties such as pet food, tea, pasteries, soaps and crafts. Food trucks and beverages are also available for purchase for families and friends to enjoy a picnic in the park. Visit Tower Grove Farmers' Market for more information.

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