MORE THAN $800 MILLION DEDICATED TO TRANSIT ON AMENDMENT 7 PRIORITY LIST

Today, the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission approved a list of priority projects to  fund through Amendment 7 including more than $800 million in transit projects over the next ten years including committed matches to Amendment 7 funding from regional sources.  Amendment 7, a three-fourths of one percent increase in Missouri’s sales tax for priority transportation projects, would create a dedicated funding source for public transit projects for the first time in Missouri history.  Transit projects to be funded include light rail, streetcars, bus rapid transit, expansion studies, OATS, Amtrak upgrades and more.

The Citizens for Modern Transit (CMT) Board of Directors endorsed Amendment 7 at its June 30, 2014 Board of Directors meeting.

“More than $800 million in funding for transit projects in Missouri marks a significant shift from current transit funding,” said Kim Cella, executive director of Citizens for Modern Transit.  “The MO General Assembly is to be commended for passing legislation that allows Missouri voters to support making transportation and public transit a top priority. If passed, this initiative will provide the opportunity for Missourians to fund public transit projects like light rail and streetcars.  We know investment in these types of transportation not only provides access to jobs but significant economic development opportunities for the region and state.”

Currently, Missouri ranks near the bottom of the list nationally with regard to transit funding.  In the current year, Metro has received less than $400,000 in state funds for transit operations; Metro’s annual budget is in excess of $250 million.  Without additional state funding, the St. Louis region cannot continue to compete for federal funding for public transit projects.

This referendum affords the St. Louis region the opportunity to move transit forward. According to the American Public Transit Association, every dollar invested in transit returns four dollars to the region. Millennials, older adults and immigrants are demanding more public transit options.  These demands cannot be met without the help of the state.  According to AARP, older Missourians increasingly rely on public transportation resources like city bus services and OATS. Nationally, more than 8 million adults aged 65 and older do not drive. Public transportation is seen as a “lifeline” for older adults.

In many Missouri communities, Amendment 7 will provide new public transportation funding to increase access and options for Missourians who don’t drive or don’t have access to a car. In the St. Louis region this equates to more than $135 million in public transit projects over 10 years including a new light rail station in the City of St. Louis, studies for future light rail extensions, streetcars, bus rapid transit safety and accessibility upgrades to existing bus and MetroLink stations and other transit improvements. In addition, MoDOT has committed an additional $10 million in funding for the Bus Rapid Transit lines in St. Louis City and County from a current funding source.

Funds cannot be diverted by current or future politicians to non-transportation spending because Amendment 7 is a constitutional amendment, and necessity goods such as groceries, prescriptions drugs and fuel are exempt from this tax. Also, MoDOT is responsible for ensuring completion of all projects identified on the list.

For more information about Citizens for Modern Transit, visit www.cmt-stl.org or call (314) 231-7272. You can also find them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @cmt_stl.

REGION Project Amendment 7   Revenues (Millions) Match (Millions) Total Funding   (Millions)
CD Improve   Public Transportation in Columbia by adding 2 hours service daily  $                               10.50  $      10.50
CD Increased   service to mprove  JEFFTRAN Public   Transportation  $                                 8.00  $         8.00
CD Improve   Amtrak Station in Jefferson City  $                                 5.00  $         5.00
CD Fixed   funding for OATS in Columbia/Jefferson City  $                                 1.00  $         1.00
CD Fixed   funding to remove bottleneck for Union Pacific and Amtrak at Bonnots Mill  $                                 5.52  $         5.52
CD Fixed   funding contribution to expand public transportation services by one day per   week in each county  $                                 5.40  $         5.40
KC Fixed   funding contribution for streetcar along Main Street from Pershing Road to   UMKC campus. Match from City of KC  $                               52.90  $               152.00  $    204.90
KC Fixed   funding contribution for Streetcar along Independence Ave. from River  Market to Benton blvd. March from City of   Kansas City  $                               38.75  $               111.30  $    150.05
KC Fixed   funding contribution for a streetcar along Lnwood Blvd.from Main Street to   Prospect . Match from City of Kansas City  $                               32.34  $                  92.70  $    125.04
KC Fixed   Funding contribution to KCATA for new bus rapid transit route. Match from   City of Kansas City  $                               20.00  $                  25.00  $      45.00
KC KCATA   public transportation system preservation – capital improvement program  $                               32.50  $      32.50
KC KCATApublic   transportation sytem preservation – operations and maitenance program  $                               32.50  $      32.50
KC Public   transportation system preservation for OATS  $                                 2.00  $         2.00
KC Public   transportation system preservation program for Ray County Transportation  $                                 0.50  $         0.50
KC Butterfield   Youth Services Public Transportation System  $                                 0.05  $         0.05
NE Fixed   funding contribution to OATs  $                                 3.00  $         3.00
NW Fixed   funding contribution to maintain current public transportation service for   OATS in Northwest Region  $                                 2.00  $         2.00
NW Fixed   funding contribution towards fours buses for the St. Joseph public   transportation system  $                                 1.61  $         1.61
NW Fixed   funding contribution to improve service times for the public transportation   system on Rt. 169  $                                 0.40  $         0.40
SL Fixed   funding contribution to support the Transportation for the Elderly and   Persons with Disabilities Progam  $                                 0.41  $         0.41
SL Fixed   funding contribution to support the Transportation for the Elderly and   Persons with Disabilities Progam  $                                 0.27  $         0.27
SL Fixed   funding contribution to support the Missouri Elderly and Handicapped   Transportation Assistance Program (MEHTAP)  $                                 1.30  $         1.30
SL Edlerderly   Persons and Persons with Disabilities Program St. Charles  $                                 2.50  $         2.50
SL MEHTAP   Funding St. Charles  $                                 2.50  $         2.50
SL Improve   passenger Access at Kirkwood Amtrak Station  $                                 1.16  $         1.16
SL iMproved   sidewalks at bus stops in St. Lo uis County  $                                 2.88  $         2.88
SL Future   light rail Station  $                                 8.90  $         8.90
SL Studies   for light rail expansion and funing scenarios for next phase  $                                 2.00  $         2.00
SL Fixed   funding contribution to Metro for bus rapid transit route from dowtnown STL   to Chesterfield along I-64. Match from Metro  $                               18.00  $                  20.00  $      38.00
SL Fixed   funding contribution to Metrofor the bus rapid transit route from downtown   St. Louis to I-270 along West Florissant and natural Bridge Road. Match from   Metro  $                               18.00  $                  20.00  $      38.00
SL Provide   Fixed funding contribution toward phase I of the St. Louis Streetcar system.   Project deliver is contingent upo St. Louis Streetcar Company providing   $271.5 millcontrction from other sources  $                               25.02  $      25.02
SL Fixed   funding contribution to improve sidewalks at bus stops in City of St. Louis  $                                 0.91  $         0.91
SL Funding   for Forest Park/DeBaliviere MetroLink Station improvements  $                               18.77  $      18.77
SW Fixed   funding contribution to Springfield public transportation system to purchase   2 buses  $                                 0.80  $         0.80
SW Fixed   funding contribution to Springfield public transportation system to replace   four buses  $                                 1.65  $         1.65
SW Improve   bus stops for Springfield public transportation system  $                                 0.05  $         0.05
SW Fixed   funding contribution to increase the frequency of service for 2 Springfield   public transportation routes  $                                 5.97  $         5.97
SW Fixed   funding contribution for OATS in Springfield  $                                 2.50  $         2.50
SW Funding   to add trolley routes and additional paratransit service in Joplin  $                                 2.69  $         2.69
SW Provide   Fixed Funding to City of Branson to provide public transit service. Match   from  City of Branson  $                                 1.09  $                    1.90  $         2.99
SW Provide   fixed  funding contribution to OATS  $                                 0.10  $         0.10
SW Fixed   funding contribution for Joplin for public transportation vehicles  $                                 0.10  $         0.10
SW Fixed   funding contribution to maintain OATS service in 21 Southwest Regions   counties  $                                 4.59  $         4.59
SW Fixed   funding for future public transportation assistance in Sowuthest rural region  $                                 0.25  $         0.25
SW Fixed   fudning contribution for public transportation vehicle in Clinton  $                                 0.05  $         0.05
SW Fixed   funding contribution to OATs  $                                 0.82  $         0.82
SE Fixed   funding contribution for buses and public transit in Southeast Region  $                               25.00  $      25.00
SL MoDOT   match for BRT projects in SL from other funding source  $                  10.00  $      10.00
TOTALS  $                            402.25  $               422.90  $    835.15