Regional Airport System Plan nears completion

banner-landcape Earlier this year, MARC began work with area aviation partners, regional stakeholders and a consultant team to develop the Kansas City Regional Aviation System Plan, which evaluates various aspects of public-use general aviation airports in the Kansas City region, documenting how businesses, residents and others in various communities use these airports

The plan will include strategies to enhance compatibility, sustainability and accessibility at 14 airports in nine counties.

Kansas airports
K34 — Gardner Municipal
OJC — Johnson County Executive
IXD — New Century AirCenter
FLV — Sherman Army Airfield
K81 — Miami County Regional

Missouri airports
LRY — Lawrence Smith Memorial
GPH — Midwest National Air Center
0N0 — Roosterville
3GV — East Kansas City (Grain Valley)
LXT — Lee’s Summit Municipal
MKC — Downtown Charles B. Wheeler
MCI — Kansas City International
06M — Noah’s Ark
3EX — Excelsior Springs Memorial

The planning team visited all of the study airports and reviewed existing facilities. The team also gathered input through a public survey and an open house at the MARC Conference Center. The plan will be completed later this year and will address these specific objectives:

  • Develop a system evaluation process that can be update in future planning cycles.
  • Highlight the uses and benefits associated with system airports.
  • Provide added value for study airports along with a customized implementation toolkit.
  • Strengthen MARC’s ability to serve as facilitator and communicator with airports.
  • Bridge regional airport priorities with Kansas and Missouri state system plans.

More information is available online.

Email: Jim Hubbell, jhubbell@marc.org

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Coming soon: 2016 Transportation Call for Projects

In early 2016, MARC will open a call for projects for the following transportation funding programs:

  • 2019–2020 Surface Transportation Program.
  • 2019–2020 Congestion Mitigation Air Quality.
  • 2019–2020 Transportation Alternatives Program.
  • 2015 FTA Section 5310 (Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities).

Work is underway to move this process forward, including an update of the online integrated application. Various transportation programming committees are refining their project selection processes for this upcoming round of funding. In October, the Total Transportation Policy Committee will review and make decisions on project selection criteria.

Jurisdictions in the region are encouraged to start thinking about projects they may plan to submit. The policy framework of Transportation Outlook 2040 may be used as a guide to identify projects that best support regional transportation system goals. If you have questions about the upcoming call for projects, we encourage you to contact us.

Email: Ron Achelpohl or  Marc Hansen

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RideKC Regional Transit Plan

Work is underway on the RideKC Regional Transit Plan, which will include two separate but related elements:

  • A  long-range planning resource for Greater Kansas City that will update the SmartMoves Regional Transit Vision.
  • A shorter-term plan to double the number of metro-area jobs that can be accessed by transit over the next 10 years.

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Planning partners include MARC, the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, Johnson County, Unified Government Transit, the city of Independence and the Kansas City Streetcar Authority.

Planning goals:

  • Develop strategies to double the number of jobs accessible by transit within 10 years.
  • Identify and prioritize corridors for new transit services.
  • Create guidelines for better connections between transit and other modes of travel.
  • Develop strategies to generate more transit-oriented development.
  • Create a funding strategy supported by the public.

A strong public transit system in the Kansas City region is essential to maintain a high quality of life and competitive regional economy. Together, these plans will guide transit investments into the future and reflect the needs and desires of the public.

Plan development began in July with and analysis of existing transit, population and employment patterns and land use. The analysis phase will continue through September. Next, the team will use the data to identify and prioritize corridors where transit improvements could have the greatest impact. Public input and engagement will be a critical part of the planning process, which will continue through Spring 2017.

Email: Karen Clawson, kclawson@marc.org, and Laura Machala, lmachala@marc.org

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The Transportation Outlook 2040 update is now online

TO2040_screenUpdates are complete at www.TO2040.org, the online home of Transportation Outlook 2040 — Greater Kansas City’s metropolitan transportation plan.The plan will guide an estimated $33.1 billion in multimodal investments in the bistate region over the next 25 years. For nearly two years, MARC committees and staff worked with local government planners, elected officials, regional stakeholders and the public to update the plan. The MARC Board of Directors adopted the Transportation Outlook 2040 update on June 23, 2015.

Features of the site:

Online: www.to2040.org
Email: Ron Achelpohl, rona@marc.org

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We want your input!

comment bubblesPeriodically, MARC seeks public comments on transportation planning efforts and major amendments to transportation plans. Our public input page provides details about how to submit your comments. All comments will be documented and reviewed by MARC’s Total Transportation Policy Committee.

We are currently seeking public feedback on two transportation-related programs.

2015 3rd Quarter Amendment to the 2014–2018 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
(comments due by Thursday, July 2, 2015)

The TIP is an important, short-term planning document that helps budget funds for significant transportation improvements in the region. It identifies significant projects that receive federal funds  to be implemented over the next three to five years.

The proposed special amendment to the 2014–2018 TIP includes 43 projects.

Twenty-five new projects include:

  • #790050 and #790051 — two bridge replacements in Cass County.
  • #490147 – I-29: pavement improvements from Todd Creek to Vivion Road in Platte County.
  • #690453 – I-435: pavement improvements from Raytown Road to Route W in Jackson County.
  • #690458 – I-70: pavement improvements from Sterling Avenue to M-291 in Jackson County.

Eighteen modified projects include:

  • • #280120 — Funding for right-of-way and utility relocation on bridges #30 and #173 of the Lewis and Clark Viaduct in Kansas City, Kansas.
  •  • #990214 — Adjustment to schedule and budget for US-24: pavement improvement from Route 291 to Route 7 in Platte County.

Details of the projects are available online at: http://www.marc.org/Transportation/Plans-Studies/Transportation-Plans-and-Studies/TIP/TIP-Amendment-Archive/Archive-assets/15Q3amend.aspx.

Submit your comments:

  • By mail:  Mid-America Regional Council,  600 Broadway, Suite 200, Kansas City, MO 64105
  • By phone: 816-474-4240
  • By fax:  816-421-7758
  • By email: transportation@marc.org

Additional information about the MARC transportation planning process can be found in A Guide to Transportation Decision Making and MARC’s Public Participation Plan.

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We want your input!

Periodically, MARC seeks public comments on transportation planning efforts and major amendments to transportation plans. Our public input page provides details about how to submit your comments. All comments will be documented and reviewed by MARC’s Total Transportation Policy Committee.

We are currently seeking public feedback on two transportation-related programs.

2015 Special Amendment #1 to the 2014–2018 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
(comments due by Thursday, May 7, 2015)

The TIP is an important, short-term planning document that helps budget funds for significant transportation improvements in the region. It identifies significant projects that receive federal funds that will be implemented over the next three to five years.

The proposed special amendment to the 2014–2018 TIP includes four projects:

One new project:

  • #996098 — Johnson County Transit:  Station stops, terminals and facilities.

Three modified projects:

  • #259193 — Unified Government: Kaw Point Park connector trail.
  •  #956004 — Johnson County Transit: Fixed-route line haul service.
  • #996097 — Johnson County Transit: Capital and operating assistance for The JO.

Details of the projects are available online at: www.marc.org/Transportation/Plans-Studies/Transportation-Plans-and-Studies/TIP/TIP-Amendment-Archive/Archive-assets/15SpecAmend1.aspx.

Amendment #1 to the United Planning Work Program (UPWP)
(comments due by Thursday, May 7, 2015)

The UPWP is an annual planning document that is important for creating a regional scope on achievement of area-wide transportation goals and objectives.

In short, the UPWP:

  • Details each major project with information about who will perform the work, project schedule, activity goals and project budget.
  • Documents the proposed spending of federal, state and local funds.
  • Compiles information from local governments, area transit providers and the state departments of transportation.

The amendment includes:

  • Adjustment of the budgets in the document to modify the Missouri and Kansas shares of the overall reduction in available Consolidated Planning Grant  funding (totaling $107,284).

• Add new task E.9 — Route C Corridor Study.

Details of the projects are available online at: marc.org/Transportation/Plans-Studies/Transportation-Plans-and-Studies/UPWP/UPWP-assets/2015_UPWP_Amend1.aspx.

Proposed 2015–2018 Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goal
(comments due by Friday, June 5, 2015)

MARC’s policy is to ensure that DBEs, as defined in Part 26, have an equal opportunity to receive and participate in USDOT-assisted contracts.

In short, MARC’s DBE policy:

  • Ensures nondiscrimination in the award and administration of USDOT-assisted contracts.
  • Creates a level playing field on which DBEs can fairly compete for USDOT-assisted contracts.
  • Ensure that the DBE program is narrowly tailored in accordance with applicable law.
  • Ensure that only firms the fully me 49 CFR, Part 26 eligibility standards are permitted to participate as DBEs.
  • Help remove barriers to the participation of DBEs in USDOT-assisted contracts.
  • Assist the development of firms that can compete successfully in the marketplace outside of the DBE program.

The proposed goal suggests a 2015 – 2018 DBE Goal of 20 percent.

Details of the proposed goal are available online at: www.marc.org/Transportation/Public-Input/assets/Proposed_2015-2018_DBEgoal

Please submit your comments by Friday, June 5, 2015.

  • By mail:  Mid-America Regional Council,  600 Broadway, Suite 200,  Kansas City, MO 64105
  • By phone: 816-474-4240
  • By fax:  816-421-7758
  • By email: transportation@marc.org

Additional information about the MARC transportation planning process can be found in A Guide to Transportation Decision Making and MARC’s Public Participation Plan.

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We want your input!

Periodically, MARC seeks public comments on transportation planning efforts and major amendments to transportation plans. Our public input page provides details about how to submit your comments. All comments will be documented and reviewed by MARC’s Total Transportation Policy Committee.

We are currently seeking public feedback on one transportation-related program:

2015 2nd Quarter Amendment to the 2014–2018 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
(comments due by Thursday, April 2, 2015)

The TIP is an important, short-term planning document that helps budget funds for significant transportation improvements in the region. It identifies significant projects that receive federal funds which will be implemented over the next three to five years. MARC amends the TIP on a quarterly basis to allow for the addition of new projects and changes to existing projects in the TIP.

The proposed amendment to the 2014–2018 TIP includes six projects: four new projects and two modifications, including:

  • #349241 — 151st Street and Scarborough Street intersection improvements in Olathe, Kansas.
  • #397002 — Waverly Road; US-56 south to 119th Street in Edgerton, Kansas.
  • #880006 — K-68 from US-169 east to US-69 in Louisburg, Kansas.
  • #490148 — I-635 ramp improvements in Riverside, Missouri.

Details of the projects are available online at marc.org/Transportation/Plans-Studies/Transportation-Plans-and-Studies/TIP/TIP-Amendment-Archive/Archive-assets/15Q2amend.pdf

Please submit your comments by Thursday, April 2, 2015.

  • By mail:  Mid-America Regional Council,  600 Broadway, Suite 200,  Kansas City, MO 64105
  • By phone: 816-474-4240
  • By fax:  816-421-7758
  • By email: transportation@marc.org

Additional information about the MARC transportation planning process can be found in A Guide to Transportation Decision Making and MARC’s Public Participation Plan.

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USDOT issues Mayors’ Challenge for Safer People and Safer Streets

MayorsChallenge2_webIn January, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx offered a challenge to mayors and elected officials across the country to create safer, more seamless and convenient conditions for pedestrians and bicyclists. As of Feb. 24, more than 85 have signed on to participate in the challenge.

We encourage local communities in the Kansas City region to participate in this effort to improve safety conditions.

The Mayors’ Challenge emphasizes the importance of bicycle and pedestrian safety and encourages the formation of local action teams to advance safety, access and mobility goals.

Challenge activities include:

  • Using Complete Streets design approaches.
  • Identifying and addressing barriers for people of all ages and abilities.
  • Gathering biking and walking data.
  • Using designs appropriate for street contexts and uses.
  • Taking opportunities to create and connect bikeway and pedestrian networks.
  • Improving safety regulations and policies.
  • Educating and enforcing proper roadway behaviors.

MARC and Destination Safe have several resources available that can help support Mayors’ Challenge activities:

More information about the Mayors’ Challenge is available online.

For more information about MARC and Destination Safe resources, contact Aaron Bartlett at abartlett@marc.org or call 816-474-4240.

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Engaging the transportation planners of the future

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by Whitney Morgan

On Feb. 18, the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) honored the legacy of Garrett A. Morgan and his contributions to the transportation industry by exposing some young area students to the work of transportation planners, engineers, architects and others. COMTO hosts the Garrett A. Morgan Shadow Day each year to encourage young people to pursue transportation-related careers and help grow and sustain a workforce to meet the technical demands of the 21st century.

As part of the Shadow Day, 12 students visited the MARC offices to learn about urban and transportation planning from Whitney Morgan and Steven Lachky, two of MARC’s transportation planners. Students also learned about engineering and infrastructure design from Leonard Graham (Taliaferro & Browne) and Vernal Stewart (SE3). The students later visited the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport, the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, and Metro Transit Centers at 10th and Main and 7th and Minnesota.

The transportation industry can provide great career opportunities for young people, and the demand for both traditional and new skills is expanding. As many experienced members of the transportation workforce approach retirement, the need for skilled, technical workers will grow. Transportation-related industries offer career opportunities for young people in planning, engineering and other related fields. MARC was pleased to participate in the Garrett A. Morgan Shadow Day and share information with local students about these opportunities.

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MARC Board approves regional bikeway plan

KCRBP_cvr_visionOn Jan. 27, the MARC Board adopted the Kansas City Regional Bikeway Plan. The bikeway plan, when completed, would create a network of on- and off-road facilities for bicycle riders that crosses multiple cities and counties in the bistate region. The plan creates a network of more than 2,000 miles and works to promote active transportation and mobility choices for residents.

City, county and state personnel participated in Steering Committee sessions and Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee meetings to review priority corridors, current planning efforts and the direction of the plan along with MARC staff and the consultant team. Area residents also added input during a series of open house meeting and through use of an online WikiMap tool.

The Greater Kansas City Regional Bikeway Plan outlines benefits of a regional bikeway, reviews current facilities and gaps, introduces a model/scoring system for priorities and looks at a range of corridor classifications along with costs for per-mile implementation. Looking toward project implementation the plan looks at best practices, the five Es (engineering, education, enforcement, encouragement and evaluation), facility maintenance and financial direction.

Going forward, MARC will use this plan as a guide to work and partner with local governments and area stakeholders to provide a connected bikeway system across the region. The plan provides recommendations for:

  • A prioritized network of regional bikeways.
  • Regional planning and coordination.
  • Data collection and technical capacities.
  • Education and encouragement campaigns.
  • Enforcement efforts.
  • Encouraging national designation applications, such as Bicycle Friendly Community.

The plan, along with supplemental resources and county-level maps, is available online at marc.org/bikeplan.

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