April 5, 2017- The purpose of the Cost Share Program is to build partnerships with local entities to pool efforts and resources to deliver state highway and bridge projects. The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) allocates Cost Share funds based on the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission’s (MHTC) approved funding distribution formula. At least 10 percent is set-aside for projects that demonstrate economic development through job creation. Projects are selected by the Cost Share Committee, which consists of the Chief Engineer, Chief Financial Officer and the Assistant Chief Engineer. They are then recommended for approval by the MHTC via a STIP amendment.
The Cost Share Program provides financial assistance to public and private applicants for state highway and bridge projects satisfying a transportation need. Applications will be due June 30, 2017. For more details see the program guidelines here.
The Mid-MO RPC Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) held a meeting on December 6th to review and score MoDOT’s Central District, Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) applications from the Mid-MO RPC region. Applicant communities included the Cities of Ashland, Fulton and Pilot Grove. The communities each gave a brief presentation on their projects and TAC member representatives discussed and scored them. These scores will be forwarded to MoDOT Central District staff to be used as part of the process to make recommendations to the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission for funding approval in January 2017.
TAP can be used to fund projects defined as transportation alternatives, including on-and-off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects for improving non-driver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility; community improvement activities; environmental mitigation; recreational trail projects and safe routes to school projects. 2017 Federal funding for MoDOT Central District was $1.8 million. A total of twenty-three applications were submitted to Central District for funding. Individual projects can range from a minimum of $80,000 to a maximum of $400,000. Awarded projects will be funded with 80 percent federal funds and require a minimum 20 percent cash local match.
Applicants awarded funding will be announced by MoDOT in January 2017.
The Mid-MO RPC Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) will meet at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 6 at the Southern Boone County Public Library. This meeting will focus on the MoDOT Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP).
The Mid-MO region has three applicants for this funding cycle: Ashland, Fulton and Pilot Grove. Representatives from each of the three communities will present their projects at the meeting. TAC will discuss the projects and be asked to make recommendations.
October 19, 2016 – MO Rides, CMCA and Mid-MO RPC hosted a transportation simulation on Westminster’s campus in Fulton this week. During the simulation, participants role-played the lives of low-income families getting by on fixed incomes. Particular attention was paid to the transportation issues faced by low-income families as they go to work, school, medical appointments and other places in their community.
The goal of the simulation was for participants to understand the transportation issues faced by low-income families and to promote the benefits of investing in public transportation.
If you have an interest in participating in a transportation simulation but were not able to attend this week, there will be another simulation hosted by CMCA and Mid-MO RPC in the coming months. Simulation scheduling details will be posted as soon as they are finalized.
August 26, 2016 – The Mid-MO RPC Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) met in Ashland on August 18. Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), Central District Engineer, David Silvester gave an overview of the new “Missouri Moves” Cost Share Program. The program is to provide financial assistance for state and local projects that satisfy a transportation need. The Missouri General Assembly has provided a general revenue appropriation of $20 million to fund the program. No more than $5 million can be allocated to any MoDOT district. The funding for this one-year appropriation became available on July 1, 2016.
Silvester noted MoDOT will allocate the majority of the $20 million to road and bridge projects. A third of the funds will be used for multimodal projects. MoDOT’s maximum contribution will be fifty percent of the project cost. A project’s readiness will affect its ranking, and the ability of the community to bring forward matching funds is going to be a criterion as well.
The Missouri Department of Transportation is now seeking projects to be funded using 2017 Rural Statewide Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). This program call will award $7.6 million of federal TAP funds. LPAs that reside within the Metropolitan Planning Organizations of OTO, MARC, and East-west Gateway are not eligible for this program call.
Eligible projects include:
Awarded projects will be funded with 80 percent federal funds and require a minimum 20 percent cash local match.
March 25, 2016 — On Wednesday, the Mid-MO RPC Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) met in Ashland. MoDOT’s Transportation Planning Specialist, Mike Henderson, gave an overview of the recent MoDOT Statewide Transportation Planners Meeting in Jefferson City. This is an annual event where transportation planners and stakeholders from around Missouri meet to discuss transportation issues. Issues discussed at the statewide planners meeting included MoDOT road and bridge funding, the Transportation Alternative Program (TAP), highway safety planning, and freight among other topics.
MoDOT’s financial position has improved with lower gas prices increasing revenue from fuel taxes and the passage of the federal transportation bill — the FAST Act. However, MoDOT’s long-term financial forecast still shows deficit spending from 2016 to 2022. This means that moving forward it will still be important for Missouri to find a long-term revenue source for transportation funding.