December 8, 2016
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Two Missouri Amtrak stations named top 10 nationwide
Kirkwood and Washington receive top marks in customer service

The Amtrak station in Washington one of two Missouri River Runner stations making the top 10 list for customer satisfaction.
Two Missouri River Runner stations, Kirkwood and Washington, made the top ten list in the Amtrak station customer satisfaction survey for overall station experience in FY 2016. Customers gave Kirkwood and Washington stations high rankings for friendliness of staff, ease of train boarding process, cleanliness of station and personal safety. Kirkwood tied for first and Washington ranked eighth.

Amtrak's Missouri River Runner route travels daily between Kansas City and St. Louis with stops across the state at Kirkwood, Washington, Hermann, Jefferson City, Sedalia, Warrensburg, Lee's Summit and Independence.

"We're excited to see two of our station stops ranked in the top ten of all U.S. stations. These rankings are reflective of the communities they serve and the stations have always been a gateway to them," said MoDOT Administrator of Railroads Eric Curtit. "The stops add to their economic development and overall prosperity."

Amtrak specials are available for winter trips on the Missouri River Runner line. Passengers can save 20 percent on adult fares for travel Jan. 3 through March 31, 2017. Up to two children, ages 2-12, may accompany each adult at half fare prices. Visit the website for full details - or call 800-USA-RAIL.
Get Ready!
Check out MoDOT's winter driving tips and traveler information websites.

Topics in this site include:
- Before the trip
- During the trip
- How to equip your  vehicle
- If you are trapped in your car
- MoDOT plowing priorities
- How to keep your driveway clear

And, don't forget to check our Traveler Information Map - before you head out to see winter road conditions.
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Winter Tips
Take a few minutes to view the short videos below on how to use MoDOT's travel information map and tips for shoveling your driveway. 

Traveler information "how to"

When winter weather hits, Missouri drivers need to know the latest road conditions. That's why MoDOT hosts the Traveler Information Map on its website. It's easy to check the map online or download it as an app for your mobile device.

Although checking the map for winter road conditions is very popular with drivers, the map also shows work zones, incidents and other closures that help drivers get to their destination.

To make the map even easier to navigate, a short video was created to show all the options available. Click the image, or check it out here - TIM How To Video.

This image shows what the traveler information map looked like during a snow storm last winter. Almost every area of the state was experiencing snow creating a very colorful map.

Shovel smart - here's the secret

Once should be enough when it comes to shoveling snow out of your driveway after a winter storm. Unfortunately, that snow can end up re-deposited across your driveway entrance when snowplows begin to clear the roadways. MoDOT has a simple solution to help you avoid a second round of shoveling. 

Scooping snow about 10 feet away to the left of your driveway is the key. This leaves enough room for a snow plow to deposit the excess snow in the free area you created, keeping your driveway entrance clear.

Click here -  Shovel Smart, or on the image for a short "how to" video.                           
Have You Seen This?
New appointment to the Missouri Highways  and Transportation Commission
Excerpt from the governor's news release

Dr. Edward D. Hillhouse of Villa Ridge is the newest member of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission.
Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed  Dr. Edward D. Hillhouse (R) of Villa Ridge to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission. The Commission works to preserve, enhance and support the state's transportation system. The commission makes and tracks transportation policy and has authority over all state transportation programs and facilities, as provided by law, including bridges, highways, aviation, railroads, public transportation, ports and waterborne commerce.

Dr. Hillhouse served as Presiding Commissioner of Franklin County from 2003 to 2010 and was executive director of the East-West Gateway Council of Governments from 2010 to 2015. Currently the Dean of the Franklin County Regional Learning Center of Missouri Baptist University, Dr. Hillhouse served as superintendent of schools in Pacific for 14 years. He holds a bachelor's degree from Missouri State University; a master's degree and specialist degree from the University of Missouri; and a doctorate in educational administration from Saint Louis University. The Governor has appointed him for a term ending March 1, 2017.

View the governor's release here - Release.
Protect yourself against tax phone scammers

The Missouri Department of Revenue's tax tips video offers helpful information to Missourians on identifying and protecting themselves from the latest income tax phone scammers.

Learn more by clicking on the image and watching this short video.
Did You Know This?
Pedestrian fatalities on the rise
Nearly 10 percent of all Missouri traffic fatalities are pedestrian deaths

Walking is an essential transportation mode for many Missourians. For transit or motor vehicle users, every trip begins and ends as a pedestrian. Public health, economic and environmental factors are elevating the importance of this mode. Many citizens do not have access to a personal vehicle, are not physically capable of driving, simply decide not to drive, or delay licensure.

To date, 83 pedestrians have been killed in Missouri traffic crashes this year. This equates to nearly 10 percent of all statewide traffic fatalities.

"Motor vehicle crashes involving pedestrians don't usually occur in extremely large numbers, but when a pedestrian is involved in a traffic crash, the potential for injury or death is much greater," said MoDOT's Director of Highway Safety Bill Whitfield. "It's imperative that drivers and pedestrians use extreme caution at all times," he said.

The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety offers the following tips to help eliminate these tragic deaths. Click here to read more - Tips for pedestrian safety.
Fatality update

Did you know...the largest age group of unrestrained driver and occupant
fatalities were those between the age of 26-35? 
Did you know...64 percent of drowsy driver involved fatalities happened
during the day?

Statewide Fatality Totals
as reported on the
Missouri State Highway Patrol
website  as of Dec. 4, 2016:

2016 Totals as of 12-4-16 - 864
2015 Totals as of 12-4-15 - 811
2014 Totals as of 12-4-14 - 710
2013 Totals as of 12-4-13 - 705
2012 Totals as of 12-4-12 - 768
2011 Totals as of 12-4-11 - 735

The 864 fatality total
for 2016 is a
7 percent increase 
for the year. 

Sixty percent
of those fatalities
were unbuckled.

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