Earlier in May, HJR 68, the first Missouri transportation funding plan in history to integrate active transportation, passed both the house and the senate. The next step will be a vote in August or November of this year; Missourians will vote whether the state should add this temporary three-quarter-cent sales tax to support the state’s transportation needs. Specifically, by 2017, it’s estimated that the department’s funding will drop to $325 million. At that level, department leaders have warned that they won’t be able to even maintain the state’s existing infrastructure.
While this funding plan does not require spending on bicycling, walking or transit, it does allow for the opportunity to do so. This has not been the case prior as transportation funding could only be spent on roads and bridges for automobiles.