What We Do

Our Purpose

Missourians for Transportation Investment (MFTI) promotes adequate and sustainable investment in, and improvement of, the transportation system for Missouri citizens.

Legislative Planning Retreat

Each year, the Board of Directors appoints MFTI members to serve on the Policy Council. The Policy Council meets with the Board of Directors in October of each year to review survey results and create a legislative agenda for the next legislative session.

2023 Legislative Priorities

State Motor Fuel Tax
Missourians for Transportation Investment supports the continued implementation of current state motor fuel tax law to make Missouri roads safer, reduce congestion, and make the movement of freight more efficient in, through, and out of Missouri.

Interstate Funding
Missourians for Transportation Investment supports utilizing $1 billion in existing state surplus revenues and $500 million per year in general revenue over a period of 10 years to issue bonds to expedite needed improvements to Interstate 70 including expansion to six lanes across the state, and to fund preliminary work needed for future expansion of Interstate 44.

Rural Roads
Missourians for Transportation Investment supports additional investments in Missouri’s low-volume rural roads, which provide important farm-to-market routes in support of Missouri agriculture.

Safety Improvements
Missourians for Transportation investment supports a $50 million funding request for rail crossing safety improvements to provide greater safety measures at many of Missouri’s rail and highway crossings and to increase the number of crossings with active warning devices.

Public Transportation
Missourians for Transportation Investment supports a $15.4 million funding request for Missouri’s 34 transit providers who provide 60 million rides each year in Missouri and provide vital transportation services in both urban and rural areas of the state. This investment will allow the state to match federal dollars allocated to Missouri through the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act.

Waterways
Missourians for Transportation Investment supports the creation of a Waterways Trust Fund funded by the general treasury for multimodal feasibility studies or construction grants to local public or private port authorities or regional port coordination agencies with the purpose of improving the reliability, safety, and efficiency of navigation on Missouri’s commercial waterways.

Missourians for Transportation Investment supports investment in the Lower Missouri River Bank Stabilization and Navigation Project (BSNP) Feasibility Study. This investment will serve as a non-federal match for the study, which will influence Congressional authorization to improve navigation on the Missouri River.

Future Transportation Funding
Missourians for Transportation Investment supports the creation of an Electric Vehicle Task Force to study the impact electric vehicles will have on state infrastructure funding and report its findings.

Legislative Days in the Capitol

MFTI holds one Legislative Day in the Capitol each month during legislative session. Participants attend a brief orientation where they are provided with talking points and handouts to share with their state representatives and state senators. MFTI schedules meeting with legislative and executive branch leaders during each of these days.

Advocacy Calls

MFTI facilitates weekly calls during the legislative session to provide a forum for lobbyists and association executives who are supportive of adequate and sustainable transportation investment to collaborate.

Legislative Updates

MFTI provides weekly legislative update emails to its members during the legislative session. These updates include information on transportation investment bills and identify opportunities for members to demonstrate their support for transportation investment by testifying at public hearings and/or contacting their state representatives and state senators.

Site Visits

MFTI provides planning/logistics assistance to members who would like to schedule plant/project tours with their state representatives and state senators. These tours strengthen the relationship between members and their elected officials and provide educational opportunities for elected officials.

Presentations

MFTI provides presentations to groups interested in gaining a better understanding of the need for adequate and sustainable transportation investment. If your group would like to schedule a speaker, contact info@mfti.org.

Candidate Surveys

Each election cycle, MFTI invites candidates to participate in a survey on transportation investment issues. The survey serves dual purposes; to educate candidates on transportation investment needs, and to determine candidates’ level of support for transportation investment.

MFTI 2022 Candidate Survey Results