Urban Donors

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.

                   Source of Funds is Urban - Use of Funds is Rural

Majority of Bridges Built Over 10 Years Were Rural                                   While the Majority of Traffic Was Urban

St. Louis Continues to be Underfunded

St. Louis Pays Half of Gas Taxes - Continues to Receive Less Than a Quarter

St. Louis Area's Bad Bridges - Both Local & MoDOT Owned

  • MoDOT has 641 critical bridges which would take $820+ million to replace in 2015 (http://www.modot.org/Bridges/).
  • Local governments are responsible for 3,100+ critical bridges with repair costs of $798 million – 56% in the St Louis area. (http://www.modot.org/business/lpa/BridgeEligibilityListing.htm).
  • Of heavily traveled critical bridges with Federal Funding:
  • MoDOT has 34.
  • Local governments own 266 with a repair cost of $409 million – 71% in the St. Louis area.

Every class of rural road is in a better condition than urban road per MoDOT.

Unexpected Stimulus Funds Didn't Change Rural Emphasis

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.



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