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Tuesday, November 3, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information, contact:

Amanda Schomaker
Madison County Transit
(618) 797-4600

MCT ANNOUNCES TRAIL BEAUTIFICATION PROJECT

Phased Beautification Plan Begins This Week


GRANITE CITY, IL., November 3, 2020… In an effort to enhance the natural beauty of the already scenic Madison County Transit (MCT) Trails, MCT is commencing a multi-phase beautification project this week at several locations along the trails. Local landscaping firm, Focal Pointe Outdoor Solutions, the low bidder for Phase 1 and 2 of the MCT Trails Beautification project, will begin work on MCT’s plan to add landscaping and trees to four highly visible areas on the MCT Trails. Earlier this year, members of the MCT Board of Trustees called upon staff to develop an MCT Trails beautification plan. Once the plan was approved, MCT bid out the project to several area firms.

“The 130 miles of MCT Trails provide a tremendous amenity for Madison County residents and have become a magnet for visitors and new home buyers,” said MCT Board Chairman Ron Jedda. “They’re already beautiful, but through this effort we are enhancing some of the more visible and well-traveled areas of the trails.”

Phase 1 of the beautification project, which is scheduled to be completed before the end of the year, includes plantings in the following four locations:

“The MCT Trails make Madison County unique in the region,” said MCT Managing Director SJ Morrison. “This project will add signature landscapes and corridors of natural beauty for residents and visitors to enjoy.”

Phase 2 of the MCT Trails Beautification project, which will begin after the first of the year, calls for building berms, mulching, and planting additional trees, bushes, and flowers in these four locations. MCT plans to expand the MCT Trails Beautification project to other areas in the future.

Madison County Transit (MCT) provides multi-modal transportation services for Madison County, Illinois. MCT operates a fixed-route bus service, connecting to MetroLink; express weekday commuter service directly to and from downtown St. Louis; and seasonal express service the Muny. For elderly and disabled residents who are unable to use the fixed-route buses, MCT provides complementary door to door service. MCT is also responsible for the construction and maintenance of more than 137 miles of bikeways that comprise the MCT Trails system, as well as overseeing RideFinders, the St. Louis region’s FREE carpooling and vanpooling program.