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February 24, 2016 12:25 PM
New Online Calculator Shows Missourians Their Investment in Transportation

A new online tool shows Missouri taxpayers how much they’re paying in motor fuel tax and where the money is invested.

Transportation Dollar$ is an easy-to-use online application that allows citizens to enter their annual mileage and their vehicle’s miles per gallon to show how much they are currently paying and what a fuel tax increase would really mean to their bottom line.

“I think people will be surprised at how little they’re currently investing in the transportation system,” said MoDOT Director Patrick K. McKenna. “For most drivers, a fuel-tax increase would only cost a few dollars a year.”

Visitors can also find more information on the cost of maintaining Missouri’s roads and bridges. The calculator page links to estimates of what it would cost to resurface one mile of two-lane road and the cost of building (or rebuilding) the same length of road. The page also digs deeper into the cost of improving the system, including estimating the funds required to rebuild Interstate 70 and to make headway on reducing the number of Missouri’s 641 critical-condition bridges.

Another feature calculates the true impact of a fuel tax increase on Missouri motorists.

“There’s a lot of discussion in the Missouri General Assembly about ways to secure a stable revenue stream for Missouri’s transportation system,” McKenna said. “The online calculator shows how little a fuel tax increase would impact your personal finances. It’s less than a dollar a month for most Missouri drivers.”

For instance, the calculator shows that a 1.5-cent-per-gallon tax increase on gasoline would cost a driver logging 10,000 miles a year in a vehicle that got 20 mpg only 63-cents per month.

“It’s not that much per driver, but it could generate millions for Missouri’s transportation system,” McKenna said.

The calculator is located at: www.modot.org/transportationdollars  

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