Transportation Task Force Will Meet July 26 in Kansas City

JEFFERSON CITY — The second meeting of the “21st Century Missouri Transportation System Task Force” will take place from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26, in Kansas City’s Union Station Board Room. The task force was created during this year’s legislative session with the passage of House Concurrent Resolution 47 sponsored by Rep. Kevin Corlew (R-Kansas City).

The task force was created to evaluate the current condition of the state’s transportation system and funding levels and to make recommendations.

Corlew is the task force chair and Sen. Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan) is vice chair. The panel includes members of the House of Representatives and Senate, a member of the governor’s staff, the director of economic development, the superintendent of the highway patrol, the MoDOT director, and nine Missouri residents or representatives from non-governmental organizations within the state.

This meeting will focus on an overview of transportation funding activities and transportation infra-structure solutions in other states. Presenting at the meeting will be Kevin Pula, senior policy specialist at the National Council of State Legis-latures, and a national transportation infrastructure expert from Kansas City-based HNTB Corporation. MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna and Kansas City District Engineer Brian Kidwell will also make a presentation on the condition of the state highway system.

The meeting is open to the public, and an hour of the meeting will be devoted to public testimony regard-ing Missouri’s state highway system and its funding.

TASK FORCE MEMBERS:

House: Kevin Corlew (R-Kansas City), Bill Reiboldt (R-Joplin), Nate Tate (R-St. Clair), Joe Runions (D-Kansas City), Greg Razor (R-Kansas City).

Senate: Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan), Bill Eigel (R-Cottleville), Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia), Ki Ki Curls (D-Kansas City), Jake Hummel (D-St. Louis).

Executive Branch: Patrick McKenna, MoDOT; Pat Dixon, Department of Economic Develop-ment; Col. Sandra Karsten, Depart-ment of Public Safety; Will Scharf, Governor’s office designee.

Private Sector:

Rudy Farber, former member Missouri Highways and Transpor-tation Commission, Neosho;

Steve Halter, Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce, Poplar Bluff;

David Hogan, Hogan Transporta-tion and Logistics, St. Louis;

Gretchen Ivy, HNTB, Kansas City;

Nathan McKean, Breckenridge Materials Company, St. Louis;

Gwen Moore, citizen, St. Louis;

Craig Porter, Porters Building Centers, Mosby;

Tom Schneider, Mayor, Florissant;

Dale Williams, Missouri Asphalt Pavement Association, Jefferson City.