CARES Act Brings Relief to Transit and Airports
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law on March 27, 2020, provided Missouri with an additional $408.7 million for transit agencies and airports, of which $70.3 million is administered by MoDOT. This economic relief funding is provided at a 100% federal share, with no local match required, and available for operating expenses including payroll and utilities, capital expenditures, and other expenses to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
MoDOT’s Aviation section is administering $8.5 million of CARES Act grants to 68 Missouri airports. These grants help keep public-use airports viable at this critical time. This funding supports continued operations and replaces lost revenue resulting from the sharp decline in passenger traffic and other airport business due to COVID-19. Providing this additional funding and eliminating the local share allows critical safety and capacity projects to continue as planned regardless of the airport’s current financial circumstances.
During the COVID-19 pandemic stay-at-home orders, public transportation providers across Missouri worked tirelessly to keep operators and passengers safe as they provided a means for essential personnel to get to their jobs, and ensured everyday citizens could gain access to food, medicine and other necessities. This occurred as agencies faced massive deficits due to dropping fare box recovery, increased expenses from new cleaning protocols, and significant driver absenteeism. The MoDOT Transit team’s steadfast determination to provide $61.8 million in 100% federal funding to 28 rural transit providers, and keep Missourians moving, led them to develop the first CARES Act grant approved by the USDOT in the nation on April 10, 2020.
The Missouri Public Transit Association (MPTA) recognized the MoDOT Transit team with the 2020 MPTA Transit Champion Award. It was presented to MoDOT for being the first department of transportation in the country to have its application for CARES Act submitted and approved, ensuring this critical funding was delivered to Missouri transit providers as quickly as possible.
$433 Million in Total Savings
MoDOT has saved $433 million since 2007 by adjusting mowing and striping schedules, using innovative materials and equipment to fight ice and snow, reevaluating our snow route priorities and using incarcerated crews. This savings has been redirected back into improving the conditions of Missouri’s roads and bridges.
KEEPING BUSINESSES MOVING
$107 Million in Total Customer Savings
Missouri’s economic health depends on the efficient movement of the goods it produces and consumes. MoDOT Carrier Express, our first-in-the-nation online business portal, streamlines Missouri-based motor carriers’ business transactions with the state — getting their drivers and the products they haul on the road in record time. The system, a Computerworld Honors Laureate honoree, saved customers $8.7 million in 2020.
$588 Million Redirected to Roads and Bridges
MoDOT uses Alternative Technical Concepts to provide solutions that are equal or better than the original bid requirement. ATCs have been used on multiple projects since 2007. Looking to copy private-sector success, legislators authorized Design-Build project delivery. Concentrating on project goals, innovation, schedule and budget, construction is completed more efficiently, with less impact on travelers. Before design plans and construction projects are completed, they are reviewed for money-saving methods and procedures. In 2020, these engineering reviews saved $6.3 million.