Last month, Missouri received two grants totaling $15.5 million for airport and transit services across the state.
Four aviation projects were selected in the State Block Grant Program, with estimated project costs of $10 million: a runway rehabilitation and a project to reconstruct a taxiway (eliminating a hotspot) at the Kirksville Regional Airport ($3.3 million); an apron reconstruction project at Lee C. Fine Memorial Airport (Osage Beach) ($4 million); and a project to reconstruct Runway 18/36 at the Malden Regional Airport ($2.915 million).
Additionally, U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced that the Federal Transit Administration will award Missouri $5.5 million from their Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program.
MoDOT will receive approximately $5.1 million to construct two storage and maintenance facilities for rural transit providers. The facilities will be for the SMTS in the Farmington area and OATS in the Kansas City area. These facilities will save operational costs, add efficiencies and help keep transit buses in a state of good repair.
The city of St. Louis will receive an additional $350,000 from the FTA to transform bus stops into mobility hubs to improve safety and create a more welcoming experience for riders.