This Week: MoDOT Meetings for Proposed $6.1B Sales Tax


This Week: MoDOT Meetings for Proposed $6.1B Sales Tax

On August 5, Missourians will vote on a proposed $6.1 billion sales tax for transportation. MoDOT created a master list of priority projects to be included on the ballot for the 3/4-cent sales tax, and are holding open houses this week to gather public comment. The word “bicycle” was not included anywhere in the list; MoDOT opted for “non-motorized” instead.

Trailnet submitted a priority list to MoDOT and East West Gateway to inform the MoDOT list. Our priority list was based on over 700 results from a 2013 survey that asked residents to identify priority bike/ped projects. These results were combined with input from institutional partners for Trailnet’s final list. Few made it onto MoDOTS’s list.

View MoDOT’s $1.5 billion St. Louis region project list.

Despite data that shows declining car usage, billions are set to be invested in expanding the highway network.

MoDOT surveyed over 12,000 Missourians as part of the Missouri on the Move listening sessions, who clearly indicated that the priority is on maintaining, not expanding, the existing system:

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MoDOT’s project list does not reflect the priorities of Missourians.

Please attend one of the meetings this week and ask MoDOT to include walking, biking, and transit projects that will move our region forward.

Tuesday, June 17
4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

University of Missouri – St. Louis
Millennium Student Center
1 University Blvd.
St. Louis, MO

Wednesday, June 18
4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

St. Louis Public Library
1301 Olive St.
St. Louis, MO

Thursday, June 19
4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

St. Charles Community College
College Center Rotunda
Cottleville, MO

If you are unable to attend a meeting, public comments are being taken on MoDOT’s website: http://www.modot.org/MovingForward/

Thank you, as always, for everything you do to support walking and biking. We will keep you updated on next steps.