In early June the News Tribune reported that the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission approved the Missouri Department of Transportation’s (MoDOT) $3.2 billion budget, which includes more funding for Amtrak to restore two daily round trips on the Missouri River Runner and a larger funding pool for port capital improvements.

Findings from these two economic impact studies conducted by Cambridge Systematics (CS) in partnership with MoDOT were used to help share information about the importance of these transportation modes and improvements:

These studies were led by CS’ Katie Kirk, Associate, along with Paula Dowell, Freight and Economics National Practice Lead; Isabel Victoria-Jaramillo, Senior Associate; and Erin Lasala, Associate.