Dave Nichols http://news.stlpublicradio.org en By The Numbers: Expect Lots Of Road Work If Transportation Tax Passes http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/numbers-expect-lots-road-work-if-transportation-tax-passes <p>If Missourians back a transportation sales tax next month, road workers can expect a busy decade.&nbsp;</p><p>That's a key takeaway of a St. Louis Public Radio analysis of a project list approved by the state's Highways and Transportation Commission. It's what will be funded if voters approve a 0.75 percent sales tax increase on Aug. 5.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:34:53 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 38047 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org By The Numbers: Expect Lots Of Road Work If Transportation Tax Passes LaHood: Inaction On Highway Trust Fund Could Be Disastrous http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/lahood-inaction-highway-trust-fund-could-be-disastrous <p class="p1"><em>Originally published on Tuesday, updated on Wednesday, July 2 with "St. Louis on the Air" interview</em></p><p class="p1">Former Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood is sounding the alarm bells about the federal government’s dwindling Highway Trust Fund.</p><p>LaHood<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> — a former Republican member of Congress from Illinois — wants Congress to raise the federal gas tax to prevent the fund from going belly up.</span></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 20:54:57 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 37689 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org LaHood: Inaction On Highway Trust Fund Could Be Disastrous Five Things You Need To Know About Transportation Tax http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/five-things-you-need-know-about-transportation-tax <p>Missourians will vote Aug. 5 on a 0.75 percent sales tax increase for transportation projects. The proposal — commonly known as the transportation tax — would generate billions of dollars over the next decade to fix roads, repair bridges and improve mass transit.&nbsp;</p><p>The stakes are high. Supporters say Missouri needs more money for its aging transportation infrastructure. With gas tax revenue dwindling and federal funding uncertain, some policymakers see the sales tax as a guaranteed way to fund transportation needs.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 03:11:42 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 37591 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Five Things You Need To Know About Transportation Tax Agencies Scramble To Decide Projects For Early Transportation Tax Vote http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/agencies-scramble-decide-projects-early-transportation-tax-vote <p>If you had $1.49 billion for transportation projects, how would you spend it? Would you repair highways? Bolster mass transit service? Enhance bike lanes?</p><p>This isn’t some academic exercise. The St. Louis region’s political leaders are considering how to divide the potential proceeds from a 0.75 percent sales tax increase for transportation. These decisions could have a transformative impact on how St. Louis area residents get around.</p><p>But here’s the twist: You have to make this decision very, very quickly.</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 04:17:35 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 36598 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Agencies Scramble To Decide Projects For Early Transportation Tax Vote Missouri Transportation Commission Adopts 20-Year Plan, Still Can't Afford It http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-transportation-commission-adopts-20-year-plan-still-cant-afford-it <p>A long-range plan that transportation officials admit they can't afford was adopted Tuesday by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission.</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 04:43:21 +0000 Marshall Griffin 33651 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Transportation Commission Adopts 20-Year Plan, Still Can't Afford It Missouri Transportation Commissioners Halt New Road Projects Due To Falling Revenue http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-transportation-commissioners-halt-new-road-projects-due-falling-revenue <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Missouri's transportation funding outlook has become so bleak that the state's Highways and Transportation Commission has stopped adding new projects to its five-year construction program.</span></p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 01:01:43 +0000 Marshall Griffin 33219 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Transportation Commissioners Halt New Road Projects Due To Falling Revenue MoDOT Unveils 20-Year Plan For Transportation, But State Can't Afford It http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/modot-unveils-20-year-plan-transportation-state-cant-afford-it <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The head of the <a href="http://www.modot.gov/">Missouri Department of Transportation</a> (MoDOT) has unveiled a 20-year plan that's based on more than 12,000 suggestions from the public.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">However, the state currently cannot afford to implement it.</span></p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 22:36:36 +0000 Marshall Griffin 31266 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org MoDOT Unveils 20-Year Plan For Transportation, But State Can't Afford It MoDOT Director Stepping Down http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/modot-director-stepping-down <p>The director of the Missouri Department of Transportation has abruptly stepped down.</p><p>Kevin Keith submitted his resignation to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission today. He'll take a medical leave of absence and retire on July 1.</p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 19:58:48 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 12648 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org MoDOT Director Stepping Down