Need to set transit as a state priority as MO near top of list of miles traveled per person

MapofstatefundingfortransitJust one more reason Transit needs to be a top priority for the State of Missouri.  Missouri remains a state with some of the highest miles traveled per capita as evidenced in the table below.  Currently, public transit receives a very small percentage of funding from the state of MO.  This year, $560,000 was appropriated for 33 transit provides in the State of Missouri to split.

 

Annual Vehicle Miles Traveled Per Capita (2011) by Region and State

Northeast 8,773

Connecticut 8,713

Maine 10,727

Massachusetts 8,318

New Hampshire 9,650

New Jersey 8,286

New York 6,562

Pennsylvania 7,785

Rhode Island 7,515

Vermont 11,399

South Atlantic 9,763

Delaware 9,952

District of Columbia 5,774

Florida 10,067

Georgia 11,050

Maryland 9,646

North Carolina 10,746

South Carolina 10,414

Virginia 10,001

West Virginia 10,221

North Central 10,494

Illinois 8,022

Indiana 11,736

Iowa 10,213

Kansas 10,456

Michigan 9,594

Minnesota 10,606

Missouri 11,444

Nebraska 10,362

North Dakota 13,351

Ohio 9,700

South Dakota 10,924

Wisconsin (FHWA) 9,525

South Gulf 11,470

Alabama 13,516

Arkansas 11,216

Kentucky 11,000

Louisiana 10,167

Mississippi 13,044

Oklahoma 12,519

Tennessee 11,049

Texas 9,248

West 9,685

Alaska 6,355

Arizona 9,190

California 8511

Colorado 9,108

Hawaii 7,322

Idaho 10,055

Montana 11,681

Nevada 8,882

New Mexico 12,262

Oregon 8,619

Utah 9,308

Washington 8,339

Wyoming 16,272

The full PIRG report on state-by-state driving amounts can be read at: http://uspirg.org/sites/pirg/files/reports/Moving_Off_the_Road_USPIRG.pdf