JEFFERSON CITY - Dave Nichols, director of the Missouri Department of Transportation, issued the following statement in response to the transportation funding bill passed today by the Missouri General Assembly, House Joint Resolution 68."Today is a great day for the future of transportation in Missouri. I would like to thank the General Assembly for passing this important legislation that gives Missourians the opportunity to improve our economy and keep our families safe by investing in much-needed transportation improvements. We are working with planning partners around the state and representatives from every mode of transportation to determine how this new revenue could best improve our total transportation system. We are ready to deliver the projects and services that Missourians expect and deserve."