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Transit for Livable Communities, St. Paul Smart Trips merge

Posted on 10 January 2017 by Calvin

Transit for Livable Communities (2356 University Ave. W.) and St. Paul Smart Trips—two major players in the field of transportation advocacy, outreach, and programming—announced in December that they are an officially merged organization beginning Jan. 1.

Bringing together complementary strengths and a shared vision for the future, Transit for Livable Communities and St. Paul Smart Trips are both deeply committed to expanding equitable, sustainable, and multimodal transportation options in Minnesota. Both organizations see this merger as an opportunity to advance transportation issues on a region-wide scale and to ramp up efforts to ensure underserved groups have a voice in transportation decision-making.

Jessica Treat, Executive Director of Transit for Livable Communities, has been tapped to lead the newly merged nonprofit organization. Treat is also the former Executive Director at St. Paul Smart Trips.

“This decision to merge comes at a pivotal moment,” said Treat. “We see that our region has critical work to do to create widespread access to bus, rail, car sharing, bicycling, and walking options—and to build stronger, more equitable communities. Through this merger, Transit for Livable Communities and St. Paul Smart Trips will be well-positioned to lead an even broader, more powerful transportation movement to make that change.”

“Merging will enable the organizations to strategically expand our advocacy and programming and to make a larger collective impact, rather than competing for funding and resources,” Treat noted.

“This is an exciting opportunity,” said Amber Dallman, Chair of the St. Paul Smart Trips Board of Directors. “We will continue to do amazing work in St. Paul as a result of this merger. At the same time, it’s clear that the transportation issues people face don’t stop at city borders. We believe that coming together as a single organization will better serve people walking, bicycling, and using transit in St. Paul and our metro-wide community.”

The merger means St. Paul Smart Trips will move from their location in downtown St. Paul in early 2017 to the Transit for Livable Communities offices near University and Raymond avenues.

Current programming at both organizations will continue as committed, with the potential for future growth based on the new organizational model.

A new name and brand for the merged organization are expected to be unveiled in spring 2017.








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