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For more information, contact Administrator of Freight and Waterways Cheryl Ball, 573.526.5578,

April 15, 2014 08:34 AM
MoDOT Launches Next Phase of Missouri Freight Plan
Goal is to prioritize existing funds and determine how to best invest in new freight projects.

JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Department of Transportation has launched the next phase of the Missouri Freight Plan to engage business and local leaders, along with freight and industry stakeholders, in a discussion regarding funding of Missouri's freight infrastructure. These discussions will prioritize how to use the scarce funds that exist, along with how to best invest new funds in freight projects, should these funds become available.

The Missouri Department of Transportation launched the Missouri Freight Plan as the next step in a process begun in 2013 to develop the state's long-range transportation plan. Statewide freight forums were conducted in January and February of this year to obtain significant input into the plan from freight stakeholders.  

Freight moved by trucks, barges, planes and trains is an essential part of the state's economy. In 2012, for example, Missouri exported $13.9 billion in freight. In developing the Freight Plan, MoDOT is working with freight partners to help itself - and the state as a whole - better understand the cost to the Missouri economy if the state's freight network stagnates or deteriorates.

The Freight Priorities and Investment Forums will discuss funding, while sharing key findings about freight that could help Missouri achieve freight network goals, spur economic growth and create jobs.

"We've heard great feedback on freight priorities in our first round of forums," said MoDOT Chief Engineer Ed Hassinger. "By speaking with key stakeholders and local business leaders, we can work to determine the best ways to use the funds we have available and determine where additional funds should be focused."

The Freight Priorities and Investment Forums will take place in Springfield April 24; Kansas City April 25; and St. Louis May 2. All sessions will run from 9-11:30 a.m. MoDOT anticipates the draft freight plan to be prepared for review by June 2014, with a final report in September 2014.

Freight Priorities and Investment Forums

To participate, freight and industry stakeholders, along with business and local leaders, should RSVP to Chelsey Smith at 816-627-4768 or chsmith@burnsmcd.com.

Springfield
April 24
Hosted by the Springfield Chamber
Bill Foster North Conference Room
220 S. John W. Hammons Parkway

Kansas City
April 25
Hosted by the Kansas City Aviation Dept.
Ambassador Building at KCI airport
12200 NW Ambassador Drive

St. Louis
May 2
Hosted by the World Trade Center St. Louis
7733 Forsyth Boulevard, 22nd Floor
Clayton

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