MODOT Statewide Rail Plan
MoDOT has embarked on the first phase of their Statewide Rail Plan that will provide the strategic framework for the development of both freight and passenger rail service in Missouri for the next twenty years. In order to provide feedback, please click on the link below and review the draft for the plan.
http://kaysinger.com/images/userfiles/File/State Rail Plan Draft Feedback Wanted.doc
The second phase of public input will be held in April 2012, and MODOT will submit their plan to the federal rail administration in May 2012. For further questions, please contact Emily Wilson at Emily@kaysinger.com, or Kristi Jamison at Kristine.Jamison@modot.mo.gov.
The content of the presentations, at the public meetings, is available in a virtual meeting. I encourage you to view the virtual meeting pdf at http://modot.org/othertransportation/rail/documents/Online-Public-Meeting.pdf.
MODOT Proposes I-70 Improvement Plan
MODOT is currently working on a plan to improve I-70. Fixing it at a cost of $2 billion-$4 billion is beyond the state’s means – today and maybe forever.
The Missouri Department of Transportation has a unique opportunity to move forward with a project that would reconstruct and expand Missouri’s “Main Street” – the 200 miles from east of I-470 in Independence to I-64/Route 40/61 near Wentzville. While taking care of the safety, condition and capacity needs of I-70, the project would put thousands of people to work, stimulate the state’s economy, and not put the costly needs of I-70 in competition with other transportation needs across the state.
It can be done with a public-private partnership (P3), a contractual arrangement between MoDOT and a private sector entity in which the skills and assets of both parties would be used to deliver this critical improvement. Private sector investment would be repaid by I-70 users through a toll. A tolled facility would have a dedicated revenue stream to pay for its operation, maintenance and future condition and safety needs.
It’s not a new concept. Several years ago the Missouri General Assembly passed legislation to enable construction of the new Mississippi River Bridge in St. Louis with a P3 and a toll, and also approved using public-private partnerships to deliver improvements to other transportation modes in Missouri.
Without taking this bold step, the I-70 of today will continue to be the I-70 of tomorrow. MoDOT will do its best to maintain the driving surface but will be unable to add capacity to alleviate congestion, facilitate mobility between its two largest cities and allow for the efficient movement of goods and materials.
Other MODOT Information
For information about Free Safety Initiatives thru MoDOT's Blueprint for Safey Program, please visit www.savemolives.com.
Any MoDOT grant awardees must use their LPA manual which is located at www.modot.mo.gov/business/manuals/localpublicagency.htm.
For more information, visit www.modot.gov.