"We thank Bob for both his past service and his willingness to give the community even more," said Watson. "It is a generous gesture on his part, and we appreciate this gift to Metro and the region."
Over the past 22 months, Baer has helped steer Metro through service cuts and service restoration. He was also responsible for the initiative that resulted in an unprecedented $12 million emergency appropriation from the State of Missouri.
"It has been my pleasure to be an advocate for transit, the customers who depend on it, and the men and women who provide this vital service," said Baer. "However, there are still challenges ahead. We are developing a short-term, mid-range and long-range vision for transit in the region. We need a funding solution for that vision. And, we need to do all of that while continuing to provide the quality transit service that the region relies on."