According to the Brookings Institution more than 10 years ago:
“The distribution of the gas tax within some states appears to penalize cities and urban areas. In several states [Missouri], urban areas act as “donor regions.” These areas contribute significantly more in tax receipts than they receive in allocations from their state’s highway fund or through direct local transfers.” The Brookings Institution Series on Transportation Reform, 2003
Since this report, the other states have corrected this inequity. But not Missouri.
Underserving Most of the People in the State
By underfunding Cities and Towns, MoDOT is not serving most of the people in the state. The urban population is 70% of Missouri’s population.
Remember: the first Stimulus project in the nation? It was MoDOT’s new $9 million bridge to save 38 families in Tuscumbia a 20 minute trip. Yet, MoDOT delayed the Stan Musial Bridge for years. They wanted it to be a toll bridge. It took St. Louis Congressmen and the Illinois DOT to change their position. MoDOT tends to direct the majority of our taxes to where very few people travel.
Listen to the interview with the then MoDOT Director Pete Rahn by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Editorial Board regarding federal stimulus projects.