MoDOT Launches Program to Gather Public Opinion

| January 22, 2013
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The Missouri Department of Transportation has introduced a new initiative entitled “On The Move”.  Click to hear KMZU’s Kristie Cross talk to Customer Relations Coordinator Bob Brendel:

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MoDOT officials said it’s an effort to involve Missourians in the decision-making process regarding the future of the department.  “We’re going to have a series of 16 listening sessions around the state where we invite elected officials, transportation stakeholders, and the general public to join us,” said Brendel,” We will have a facilitated discussion about what transportation needs to be in this state moving forward.”

According to Brendel, recent budget cuts have prompted the program.  “People need to realize how big of a transportation system Missouri has today and they need to decide how they want that system to function in the future and at what investment level they want to see that happen,” said Brendel,” It’s a discussion of trade offs.  What can the MoDOT system be at current funding levels and what will it take for it to function in a different way in the future.”

A website has also been created to assist in this effort.  Visitors to www.missourionthemove.org  have the opportunity to track the progress of the program, as well as leave their own comments and opinions for the department.

Dates for the listening posts include:

Feb 5 Columbia

Feb 19 Cape Girardeau

Feb 21, 26, 28 St. Louis/St. Charles

March 5 Joplin

March 7 Springfield

March 12, 13, 14 Kansas City

March 19 Lebanon

March 21 Poplar Bluff

April 3 Kirksville

April 4 Hannibal

April 9 Maryville

April 11 St. Joseph

Press Release:

What kind of transportation system do you want to

see for Missouri? That’s the question the Missouri Department of

Transportation will be asking of Missourians over the next few months with

a new statewide initiative called “On The Move.”

The effort will update Missouri’s long-term transportation plan

through a series of listening sessions, a mobile tour and virtual forums.

The “On The Move” website launched today at www.missourionthemove.org.

Visitors to the site can learn about the assets of Missouri’s

transportation system, track what MoDOT is hearing from Missourians, keep

track of “On The Move” events, and comment on the specific projects they

think are needed.

“Missouri transportation begins with Missouri citizens – the very

people who use our roads and bridges, railways, greenways, waterways and

airways to travel to and from work, to the doctor, to soccer practice and

everywhere in between,” says MoDOT Chief Engineer Dave Nichols. “Engaging

Missourians to provide input is a critical step to ensure that MoDOT

outlines a sustainable and economically viable transportation vision that

serves the growing needs of Missourians well into the future.”

The first two listening sessions are scheduled for February 5 in

Columbia from 6-8 p.m. at the Reynolds Alumni Center, and February 19 in

Cape Girardeau from 5-7 p.m. at the Osage Center. The general public and

transportation stakeholders are invited to attend, but due to limited

seating, interested persons must register to secure a seat by RSVPing at

missourionthemove.org/community-engagement/schedule-of-events. Registration

closes at noon the day prior to each listening session.

Details on the remaining events will be forthcoming.

Feb. 5 Columbia

Feb. 19 Cape Girardeau

Feb. 21, 26, 28 St. Louis/St. Charles

March 5 Joplin

March 7 Springfield

March 12, 13, 14 Kansas City

March 19 Lebanon

March 21 Poplar Bluff

April 3 Kirksville

April 4 Hannibal

April 9 Maryville

April 11 St. Joseph

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