In an effort to educate and inform Missourians on the current status and future direction of their transportation system, the Citizen’s Guide to Transportation Funding takes the complex issues of the state’s transportation revenue, expenditures, system condition and unfunded needs and explains them in clear and easy-to-understand terms.
Missouri’s transportation revenue totaled almost $2.5 billion in fiscal year 2017. About two-thirds came from state user fees and one-third from federal revenue.
How Does Missouri Compare?
Missouri has the 7th largest transportation system in the country but ranks 46th in revenue per mile. Almost all of our neighboring states are beating us in investing in transportation.
Where Is The Money Invested?
Many citizens don’t know that the state shares funds with cities, counties, and other state agencies. When all is said and done only about 60 percent of revenue goes back to the state system.
The Missouri Constitution and state and federal laws determine how transportation funds are allocated to states, cities and counties.
The Cost of Operations
The Operations budget supports services like mowing, pavement repair and maintaining traffic signals.
Our Current Conditions
Missouri’s highway system is basically maintained on three tiers based on traffic volume. Find out where each tier falls in regards to condition and what that means for Missourian’s transportation future.
What is the Cost?
Vehicle repairs, tire wear, depreciation and congestion cost Missourians a lot more than you might think. Investing in Missouri roads could significantly reduce these costs.
When combined, congestion, additional vehicle operating costs and roadway crashes cost each Missouri driver about $196 per month. Additional investments in congestion relief, improving system conditions and safety can reduce these costs for Missourians.
Missouri falls short on funding several areas of the state transportation system. Maintaining roads and bridges doesn’t allow for new projects or significant improvements of the infrastructure, all of which contribute to improved safety and economic growth.
Cost of Added Benefits
Maintaining and improving the transportation system is expensive, but is a worthwhile investment. The average Missouri driver contributes about $30 per month to fund their access to the transportation system and the services MoDOT provides.