MoDot takes newest campaign for funding to the internet - KCTV5

MoDot takes newest campaign for funding to the internet

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

The Missouri Department of Transportation is taking its newest campaign to the internet and they want the public to help bring more funding to Missouri roads.

The campaign is called, "On the Move" and MoDot said they received over 12,000 suggestions from Missourians about what they wanted to see on roads and highways.

Missourians said they wanted MoDot to improve and maintain the highways and roads that we already have, rather than construct more. They said they wanted projects that would put people to work, create jobs and they also wanted better transportation choices, which would include improvements in rail, ports and rural transit.

MoDot says they hear people, but there's an important element missing. They said it would cost about $71 billion over the next 20 years to do everything Missourians want, but currently there's about $17 billion in the budget.

"We all want a better transportation. We want more transportation choices, a better transportation for tomorrow, but how do we pay for it? That's the huge question," said Joe Carmichael with the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission.

MoDot said they're losing revenue. Seventy percent of revenue comes from fuel taxes and sales tax on cars, but cars are more efficient now and people are driving less.

Missourians will need to decide if they want to put it to a vote to increase funding.

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