transportation

Transportation
5:06 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Missouri House Perfects 1-Cent Transportation Sales Tax Proposal

I-70 in Columbia, Mo.
Credit via Flickr/KOMUnews

A proposed constitutional amendment to let voters decide if they want to create a temporary 1-cent transportation sales tax has received first-round approval in the Missouri House.

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Bicycle
3:53 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Missouri House Weighs Role Of Bike Travel In Transportation Spending

Flickr/Jeremy Noble

Missouri lawmakers are weighing what role bicycles should play in the future of transportation spending. 

A proposed constitutional amendment would raise the state sales tax by a penny to bridge any anticipated shortfalls over the next ten years. Most of the money would be for roads and bridges, but 10 percent could be earmarked by local governments for alternative forms of transportation including bicycle, air, rail, and pedestrian projects.

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Car Service Apps
5:41 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Uber-Like Car Service Looking To Make Entry Into St. Louis Market

(via Flickr/denharsh)

UPDATE: Feb 25, 11 a.m.

The Metropolitan Taxicab Commission approved Carmel's application for the dispatch license. Seven members of the commission voted in favor of the license and one abstained.

ORIGINAL STORY:

A car service that dispatches its vehicles using a smartphone app could start operating in St. Louis as soon as this week.

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Vice presidential visit
12:57 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Biden: Federal Stimulus Has Brought Jobs, Infrastructure To 'Heart Of America'

U. S. Vice President Joe Biden makes his remarks after touring the America’s Central Port in Granite City, Illinois.
Credit (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Vice President Joe Biden declared here Wednesday that the best cure for the nation's economic ills was to step up the transportation and construction spending that made America great. 

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St. Louis County Council
9:02 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

St. Louis County Complete Streets Bill Remains In Limbo

Credit (via Flickr/photohome_uk)

The "Complete Streets" legislation under consideration on the St. Louis County Council still faces plenty of roadblocks to final passage. One of the sponsors, Councilman Pat Dolan, D-Richmond Heights, held up the bill again last week, which he’s done since late November, and announced he wants to rewrite parts of it.

Dolan also said that he’s going to meet with groups affected by the bill and come back to the matter early next year.

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Transportation
5:10 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Report: Cities Should Make Public Transit, Biking A Priority

New report suggests Americans are driving less.
Credit (MoPIRG)

A new report suggests that Americans in urban areas are driving less.

The analysis of the 100 largest urban areas in the country by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group found that since 2000, fewer commuters are using cars to get to work. And in most cities, the use of public transportation has gone up (since 2005), and more people are biking to work or working from home (since 2000).

But, in St. Louis, the trend is less clear. Fewer workers are relying on cars, but the use of public transportation has also decreased.

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South County Connector
10:41 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

From Bike Trails To Property Values, Residents Raise Concerns About ‘South County Connector’

St. Louis City Alderman Scott Ogilvie holds up a display showing the proposed South County Connector during a public meeting on Monday, July 8.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

During a public meeting Monday night, several residents raised concerns about a proposed highway project that would stretch through parts of St. Louis City and County.

Called the South County Connector, the unfunded highway project has a more than $100 million price tag and would run from Hanley Road at Deer Creek Plaza to River Des Peres Boulevard.  

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Road Fatalities
2:49 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

17 People Died Over Fourth Of July Weekend On Missouri Roads

(via Flickr/Be.Futureproof)

It was a deadly holiday weekend for motorists in Missouri.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 17 people were killed between 6 p.m. Wednesday and just before midnight today. An additional 157 people were injured, and state troopers arrested nearly 200 people in for driving while intoxicated. 

Both those numbers are significantly higher than last year's totals, but troopers only tallied 30 hours worth of data last year. This year's count was nearly three times as long.

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Politics
3:59 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Mo. Infrastructure Gets C- Grade, Speaker Jones Says It Shows Need For Sales Tax Bill

House Speaker Tim Jones speaks at ASCE event.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

In a new report Wednesday, Missouri received a lackluster grade on its infrastructure. Citing “pressing issues,” the American Society of Civil Engineers graded Missouri as a C- overall.

Missouri’s Speaker of the House, Republican Tim Jones of Eureka, said it proves several goals of the just-ended legislative session were worth focusing on.

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Transportation
12:01 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Group Of Republicans Block 1-Cent Transportation Sales Tax In Mo. Senate

Cracks are seen in the shoulder of I-70 near the exit to the Providence Road in Columbia, Mo.
(Via Flickr/ KOMUnews, Manu Bhandari)

A group of Republicans in the Missouri Senate has blocked a proposed constitutional amendment that would create a one-cent sales tax to help fund the state’s transportation needs.

The tax would require voter approval and would expire after 10 years unless voters renew it. Five percent of revenues raised would be designated for cities and another five percent for counties to pay for local transportation needs.  Those factors were not enough to sway several Republicans, including Rob Schaaf of St. Joseph, who conducted a filibuster Tuesday night.

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