Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is updating its Long Range Transportation Plan, and wants your input. The Long Range Transportation Plan sets a 25-year vision for the state’s transportation system.
Their online survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete. The survey closes October 11.
Some information to consider as you’re filling out your survey or include in your comments:
- Missouri has the 7th largest state highway system in the U.S., but ranks only 15th for the total number of miles driven. This may mean the system is bigger than we need.
- MoDOT held listening sessions around the state in 2013, and the public input consistently documented that Missourians in both urban and rural areas want better transportation choices — especially the ability to walk, bike, and take public transit in addition to driving.
- “Preservation”: Adding additional vehicle lanes to existing roads should not be considered system preservation, but rather as system expansion.
- Safety of all road users (people driving, walking, biking, using wheelchairs, etc.) must be the first priority of transportation planning. The number of traffic deaths in Missouri per capita is much higher than the national average, and is highest in rural areas.
- Adding vehicle lanes does not reduce congestion, but instead generates induced demand which perpetuates the cycle of congestion. Providing safe, convenient, and efficient transportation infrastructure for walking, biking, and public transit can reduce congestion by reducing the number of vehicles on the road system.
- It may not be necessary to “seek new revenue” to provide transportation choices. The Missouri gas tax is designated to be used for “roads and bridges,” which are key components of the transportation system for all modes of transportation, including walking, biking, and public transit.