The 12.5-cent, phased-in, motor fuel tax increase enacted through SB 262 will provide additional transportation investment for state and local projects. Cities and Counties will receive 30% of the additional revenue (after refunds are claimed) to make improvements to local transportation systems.
Based on calculations from the Missouri Department of Transportation, St. Louis County will receive an additional $8 million in funding and the City of St. Louis will receive more than $6 million for projects in the region.
These funds are limited to roads and bridges per Missouri constitutional language. The Missouri legislature appropriated $1.7 million for FY22 for transit operations from the State Transportation Fund. This is approximately 28 cents per capita and leaves Missouri near the very bottom with regards to state support of public transit.