During his State of the State address on January 24, Governor Parson outlined his budget requests for his final year in office including $11.7 million for public transit.
The SFY 2025 Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission request was $11,710,875 for Missouri transit. This request included $10 million from General Revenue and $1.7 million from the State Transportation Fund, same request as awarded amount from prior year.
“It is a huge win to see our state investment win from last year in the amount of $11.7M included in this year’s budget recommendations from the Governor. This investment in transit is a critical match to ensure our providers can draw down the historic federal funding levels available for public transit back to Missouri,” said Kimberly Cella, executive director of the Missouri Public Transit Association. “While this is the same level as prior year, this is first time the Governor has included increased funding in his budget recommendations and underscores the importance of this investment to the state’s bottom line.”
Now is the time for our electeds to ensure this funding sticks. Transit supporters can help by reaching out members of the House and Senate Committees on the importance of transit investment:
- Senate Appropriations Committee: https://www.senate.mo.gov/Committees/CommitteeDetails/3
- Senate Transportation, Infrastructure, and Public Safety: https://www.senate.mo.gov/Committees/CommitteeDetails/53
- House Subcommittee on Appropriations – Public Safety, Corrections, Transportation, and Revenue: https://house.mo.gov/Committees.aspx?cluster=true
- House Budget Committee: https://house.mo.gov/Committees.aspx?cluster=true
- House Transportation Infrastructure Committee: https://house.mo.gov/Committees.aspx?cluster=true