Transportation task force set to meet Wednesday at the Capitol

2 years 3 weeks 7 hours ago Tuesday, June 27 2017 Jun 27, 2017 Tuesday, June 27, 2017 4:35:00 PM CDT June 27, 2017 in News
By: Evan Lachnit, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

JEFFERSON CITY - The "21st Century Missouri Transportation System Task Force" will meet for the first time Wednesday afternoon at the state Capitol.

State Rep. Kevin Corlew, R- Kansas City, who is also serving as the chair for the task force, created the task force in the last legislative session. 

The task force includes 23 members, including MODOT Director Patrick McKenna. 

McKenna said it is important to have a task force to look at a long list of things across the state. 

"We obviously haven't solved all of the transportation funding issues, so it is important to have a task force like this to really bring to light the issues and the concerns the public have," McKenna said. 

He said the he thinks the committee is being structured as an action committee. 

"Having members of the public, having bipartisan and bicameral support and membership on this, and also having representation from the governor's office on there as well as certainly the department of transportation, economic development and the Missouri State Highway Patrol, I think it is a well rounded group and it should be very productive," McKenna said. 

McKenna said the task force is intended to discus the issues across all modes of transportation. 

He said the task force will evaluate transportation across the state, look how to solve problems and form public policy. 

"It is very difficult to form public policy around raising revenue or otherwise," McKenna said. "There are different approaches to that, certainly some of the members have different approaches to how they think it should be solved, whether they think it should be new revenue or recommitted revenue that exist in the state." 

McKenna said the average driver in the state spends approximately $30 a month for access and use for public roads in the state. 

"We are funded on a national and a regional level pretty low in the country and in our region," McKenna said. 

He said surrounding states are increasing user fees and investing in their transportion, and McKenna said that should be a concern for the state. 

"We want to be competitive, we want to have a competitive environment, we want our people to be able to travel, and for the economy to be able to move reliably on this system and safely," McKenna said. 

The task force is set to meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday in House Hearing Room 3 at the Capitol. 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Police arrested a man Thursday night after he allegedly went into a woman's apartment and sexually abused her.... More >>
2 hours ago Friday, July 19 2019 Jul 19, 2019 Friday, July 19, 2019 9:06:01 AM CDT July 19, 2019 in News
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors filed reckless homicide charges on Thursday against a Missouri semi driver for a highway construction zone... More >>
3 hours ago Friday, July 19 2019 Jul 19, 2019 Friday, July 19, 2019 8:12:49 AM CDT July 19, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — A Versailles man previously convicted of child molestation has been charged with possession of and promoting child pornography.... More >>
16 hours ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 7:47:00 PM CDT July 18, 2019 in News
INDIANAPOLIS - The NCAA heard Missouri's appeal on Thursday after the school was handed a handful of penalties back in... More >>
17 hours ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 6:49:00 PM CDT July 18, 2019 in Top Stories
BRANSON - One year ago Friday, 17 were killed when a duck boat sank during a thunderstorm on Table Rock... More >>
18 hours ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 5:01:00 PM CDT July 18, 2019 in News
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors filed reckless homicide charges on Thursday against a Missouri semi driver for a highway construction zone... More >>
19 hours ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 4:09:00 PM CDT July 18, 2019 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - The new AI face editing app FaceApp has become an instant hit with iPhone users. However, there are... More >>
20 hours ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 3:45:00 PM CDT July 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - An excessive heat warning is still in effect through Saturday and families should take precautions when playing on... More >>
22 hours ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 1:55:00 PM CDT July 18, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick announced Thursday the creation of a new program to help small businesses and farmers after... More >>
23 hours ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 12:37:00 PM CDT July 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The 35th anniversary of the annual Show-Me State Games kicks off Friday. Director, Dave Fox, said the... More >>
23 hours ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 12:31:00 PM CDT July 18, 2019 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats approved legislation Thursday to raise the federal minimum wage for the first time in a... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 11:38:19 AM CDT July 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Cooling centers are opening around Missouri as high temperatures and humidity create dangerous conditions. The... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 11:22:02 AM CDT July 18, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - State Auditor Nicole Galloway released her audit of the Lieutenant Governor's office while now-Governor Mike Parson was... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 10:43:00 AM CDT July 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri Police Department is asking the public to help identify three individuals. Officers believe... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 10:15:00 AM CDT July 18, 2019 in News
TOWN AND COUNTRY, Mo. (AP) — A 55-year-old man has been charged with shooting up a woman's car on a... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 9:57:41 AM CDT July 18, 2019 in News
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Going after four Democratic congresswomen one by one, a combative President Donald Trump turned his campaign... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 9:53:16 AM CDT July 18, 2019 in News
TOKYO (AP) — A man screaming "You die!" burst into an animation studio in Kyoto, doused it with a flammable... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 9:43:00 AM CDT July 18, 2019 in News
ROCHEPORT - Concerned drivers will have an opportunity to learn more about the 2020 Missouri River Bridge repairs in meetings... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 3:21:00 AM CDT July 18, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 90°
12pm 90°
1pm 92°
2pm 94°
3pm 96°