–18th in population, and
–18th in land area
–18th in transportation funding
•At 33,900 road miles, MoDOT has the 7th largest system in the nation
–More than Iowa, Nebraska, & Kansas COMBINED
•Thus MoDOT is unable to maintain either rural or urban roads
–MoDOT ranks 46th in revenue spent per mile
•Missouri has the 4th lowest gas tax in the nation.
–Gas tax increases fail in rural & urban areas
–The last tax increase was 1992.
Unlike most states, MoDOT is responsible for Minor Rural Roads (e.g. lettered roads like AA or BB). In other states, these “County Roads” are the responsibility of local county governments. While MoDOT maintains these local rural roads, MoDOT does not maintain most city or suburban streets. This is despite the fact that city and suburban drivers pay the overwhelming majority of driver taxes. In cities and suburbs generally local streets and bridges are funded by property taxes.
This is not working for anyone - rural, city, or suburban taxpayers. Privately, rural men report a poor bridge they must cross daily. City and suburban drivers pay much more on gas, car repairs, congestion... We need modern rules that would work better for everyone!
MO Coalition for Better Transportation