July 21, 2016
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Amtrak Missouri River Runner offers kids fare for State Fair
Kids ride for $5 to Sedalia

Families planning to attend the Missouri State Fair Aug. 11-21 in Sedalia can get a special $5 kids fare when they take the Amtrak Missouri River Runner. The special applies to up to two children ages 2-12 accompanied by a regular fare adult while traveling together.

Book your seats using discount code V523 effective July 11 - Aug. 20, 2016. Reservations are required at least one day in advance of travel on the route to Sedalia and the return trip only. The Missouri River Runner includes stops at St. Louis, Kirkwood, Washington, Hermann, Jefferson City, Sedalia, Warrensburg, Lee's Summit, Independence and Kansas City.

Complete your plans now for the lowest fares. Savings are possible by booking through the "Deals" tab at Amtrak.com or by calling 800-USA-RAIL. Tickets purchased online can simply be printed from any printer or presented electronically on board via your smartphone.

Terms and conditions vary. Some blackout dates and other applicable restrictions apply, including advance reservation and purchase requirements, which are displayed on Amtrak.com. The offer is valid for coach seats and is dependent upon availability.

Please note the Amtrak station in Sedalia is located approximately three miles from the Missouri State Fairgrounds. Taxi service information will be available for Amtrak travelers on the train and at the Sedalia station.

For ticketing or more information, visit www.Amtrak.com.
Traveling the Interstates?
Planning on traveling down one of Missouri's interstates? Check the website before you go.

Missouri maintains 8 welcome centers, 15 rest areas and 22 truck-only parking sites across the state.

Located on seven different Interstates, the facilities feature a variety of easy-to-access amenities to serve you.

Welcome Centers and Rest Areas.
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Did You Know This?
Know before you go!

This time of year is a busy travel season for Missourians. Make sure you have all the information you need before heading out the door for summer travel. MoDOT's website and mobile apps offer motorists several options for keeping up to date on what's happening on Missouri roadways.

Traveler Information
Map App

Users of iPhones, iPads and Android mobile devices who update the app will have access to statewide traffic flow information in addition to incidents, closures, work zones, message boards and weather-related road conditions:   iPhone App - Android App .

The Traveler Information Map can also be found on MoDOT's website - modot.org.

Text Alerts / Email Notifications
With MoDOT's E-update System you can receive email notifications on road work by county, by specific projects or statewide. You can also sign up for text alerts or email notifications for incidents and emergency closings (by county). It's easy to subscribe, and you can change or cancel your subscription anytime E-update

Real Time Traffic
Real time traffic is available for these urban areas:
St. Louis - http://www.gatewayguide.com/
Kansas City - http://www.kcscout.net/
Springfield - http://www.ozarkstraffic.info/index.html

Customers can always call MoDOT's customer service centers 24/7 for road conditions and other information - 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636).
Rate our work zones
Summer is here, and once again, MoDOT is asking motorists to rate work zones throughout the busy construction and maintenance season.
MoDOT is looking for the public's opinion on a variety of work zone details - including clear and understandable signing, channelizers and barrels providing proper guidance and whether or not the work zone caused motorists any delays.
The department uses those survey results to evaluate work zones, look for ways to improve them and meet customer expectations.
All motorists traveling through a work zone are encouraged to participate in the online survey - Rate Our Work Zones - not while driving though! 
Safer Roadways
Work zone safety tips
  • Slow down and pay attention in work zones.
  • Not all work zones look alike. They can be moving operations or short-term, temporary lane closures.
  • The average text takes five seconds to read. Traveling at 55 mph, you will travel more than the length of a football field - blindfolded!
  • MoDOT's slow moving maintenance operations move as slow as 10 mph, and if you aren't paying attention to the road, you will come up on the closed lane very quickly.
  • Any time highway workers are present on a Missouri roadway - whether it's a long term lane closure, a moving operation or shoulder work - your safety and the safety of those workers depends on drivers' focus and attention.
  • We want you and our workers to make it home safe every day.
Have you Seen This?

Our annual Traffic and Safety Conference, which is typically held in May, has been expanded and will be joined by Missouri's Blueprint Conference (biannual). This new format will bring in an expanded audience and will allow more opportunities for networking.

The program will be structured to include our typical traffic engineering topics with a greater focus on the four E's of highway safety. The conference will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Oct.18 with a keynote presentation and the roll out of the next edition of the Blueprint. Oct.19 will be a full day of traffic engineering and Blueprint behavioral topics occurring during concurrent separate breakout sessions. The conference will end at noon on Oct. 20. This year's conference includes topics related to human factors, elderly drivers, young drivers, pedestrians, intersection designs and more. 

The 2016 conference will be bigger and better than ever! See you in October.

Registration is available at the following websites:  Traffic Safety and Blueprint Conference website at http://www.modot.org/tsc or the MU conference website at http://muconf.missouri.edu/traffic/index.html.

Missouri Dept. of Transportation | (888) 275-6636
P.O. Box 270 Jefferson City, MO 65102-0270