What do you think? Proposed amendments to long- and short-range transportation plans

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Periodically, MARC seeks public comments on transportation planning efforts and major amendments to transportation plans.

We would like your feedback on:

A proposed amendment to Transportation Outlook 2040 to improve Lone Elm Road from Old 56 Highway to 151st Street in Olathe, Kansas to prepare for future K-7 expansion from a rural 2-lane to 4-lane divided highway.

Transportation Outlook 2040, the region’s long-range Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP), is a blueprint that describes how the region will manage, operate and invest in its multimodal transportation system during the next 25 years.

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

A special amendment to the short-range transportation plan that includes 18 projects.

Four new projects to be added:

  • Clay County — Replace 148th Street bridge over Carroll Creek.
  • Clay County — Replace 188th Street bridge over New Hope Creek.
  • Jackson County — Pavement repair at Longview Lake.
  • MoDOT — Pavement striping at various intersections.

And 14 projects to be modified in scope, schedule or budget.

See the full list of projects.

The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is the region’s short-range program, identifying projects to receive federal funds and projects of regional significance to be implemented during the next three- to five-year period.

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: tip@marc.org

All comments will be documented and reviewed by MARC’s Total Transportation Policy Committee.

Comments are needed by Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016.

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

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Burlington Avenue corridor in North Kansas City to get bike facilities, rain gardens

The Kansas City region’s vision of vibrant, green and connected centers and corridors is central to both the Creating Sustainable Places initiative and Transportation Outlook 2040, the region’s long-range transportation plan.

Planning Sustainable Places (PSP) is an initiative to provide communities with pre-development resources to advance sustainable projects in their corridors and centers. The first round of projects was funded in 2013, the second in 2015 and a third round was just awarded for 2017.

The Burlington Corridor Complete Street Design project received funding in 2015 and set out to produce plans to increase green elements and improve transit, pedestrian and bicycle facilities along the corridor in North Kansas City, Missouri. Sara Copeland, community development director for the city of North Kansas City, recently provided this project update:

Burlington Avenue is the front door to North Kansas City (NKC). More than 25,000 cars use Burlington every day, whether they are traveling to a destination here in NKC, heading south to reach downtown Kansas City, Missouri, or heading somewhere further north. Burlington is also a state highway (Route 9) and a major transit corridor.

BEFORE:

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AFTER:

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Photo courtesy Confluence

Unfortunately, we have heard for too long that as a front door, Burlington lacks curb appeal. The medians and their trees are aging. Burlington lacks continuous sidewalks, and it is not pedestrian or bicycle friendly.

The city of North Kansas City was planning to explore median improvements to Burlington when MARC announced the call for projects for the 2015 Planning Sustainable Places program. Receiving PSP funds gave us an opportunity to take a broader approach to Burlington, to examine not just median improvements, but how investing in complete street improvements on Burlington could revitalize and refresh the corridor.

After months of community outreach and engagement, the plan for Burlington includes a new cycle track — a two-way bicycle path on the east side of Burlington that will connect to the bike path on the Heart of America bridge. Setting a standard traffic lane width allows additional space for sidewalks and amenities. The aging medians will be replaced with rain gardens to better handle stormwater.

Making these improvements will be a multi-year project. The first phase of improvements has been galvanized by the award of federal Surface Transportation Program funds — $3.8 million to support construction of the cycle track in 2020. We anticipate moving forward on surveying, engineering and construction documents in the spring of 2017.

Because we knew that some community members would have a hard time envisioning future improvements, a key part of this project was the creation of visual materials illustrating proposed improvements. These illustrations, especially a video demonstrating the difference between today’s Burlington and tomorrow’s improved corridor, have been instrumental in building support for this project. All of these materials are available on the North Kansas City Burlington Corridor Project website.

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Planning team seeks input on use cases for I-35 corridor planning project

The Interstate 35 Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) Planning project is focused on the I-35 corridor in Kansas from the Sunflower Road interchange in Edgerton to the Missouri state line. The scope of the project is to develop a Concept of Operations (“ConOps”) for the integration of transportation modes, agencies, networks and intelligent transportation systems. It outlines roles, responsibilities and technological requirements for the integration of multi-modal transportation operations within the I-35 corridor.

As part of this project, the planning team has developed a range of potential use cases for consideration.  Planners want to get a clear sense of the decisions users may make related to transportation choices for a variety of modes (private auto, transit, ride share, etc.) based on travel conditions, available options and trip purpose.

The team will choose one use case to analyze, evaluating it under four conditions (daily, incident, major construction, major planned event) for three scenarios (current, future, ICM) to create 12 operational views. The other use cases will be documented in the ConOps.

The planning team is seeking input on:

  • The potential use case that would provide the most initial benefit to the corridor.
  • Other potential use cases that should be added to the ConOps.

Leave your comments below or email Jim Hubbell.

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Public input needed on long-term and short-term transportation plans

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Periodically, MARC seeks public comments on transportation planning efforts and major amendments to transportation plans. 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.

Comments are due by Thursday, August 4, 2016.

Special Amendment to the 2016–2020 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

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 2016-20 TIP includes one project:

  • Salem Street improvements in Oak Grove: This project will rehabilitate one of the most heavily traveled commercial thoroughfares in Oak Grove. Improvements will include milling, asphalt overlay, marking and pavement/curb replacement.

Amendment to the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)

The UPWP describes the transportation planning activities MARC and other agencies propose to undertake during the next fiscal year. The UPWP promotes a unified regional approach to transportation planning in order to achieve regional goals and objectives.

The proposed amendment to the UPWP includes:

  • Adding four projects:
    • Green Infrastructure Engagement: Engage interested stakeholders and community members in discussions focused on the nexus between green infrastructure and the transportation system, defining a scope for the overall approach and identifying goals, key implementation steps and organizational strategies to be considered in a Regional Green Infrastructure Plan.
    • Draft Integrated Ecosystem Framework (IEF): Based upon initial stakeholder input and existing plans and data, conduct a stakeholder charrette and generate a draft regional conservation and restoration priorities map.
    • Transportation Technology Forum: Conduct a forum that focuses on the future of transportation and how emerging technologies are rapidly changing the way we move people and goods, which has profound impacts for our cities, our infrastructure and our regional economy.
    • Transit Oriented Development Study: In partnership with the KCATA, procure consultant services to conduct an economic benefit study of bus rapid transit routes.
    • Removing two projects:
      • Surveys and Modeling Symposium.
      • Transportation Planning Data Self-Assessment.

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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Congrats to Transportation, Technology, Math and Science Academy students!

The sixth cohort of students recently finished the Transportation, Technology, Math and Science Academy at Donnelly College. As the Kansas host site for the National Summer Transportation Institute, the program promotes awareness of educational and career opportunities in the transportation industry among disadvantaged and at-risk middle and high school students.

At the closing ceremony, four student groups — air, rail, roads, water — presented their final projects. The students also heard from representatives from the Kansas City Chapter of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) who spoke about the importance of higher education and the many career opportunities in transportation.

Read more on the COMTO Kansas City blog.

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Green Commute Challenge selfie contest!

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Here’s what you need to know:

  • Tweet your selfie between July 11 and July 20 with #GCCKC2016 or @RideShareKC.
  • Include a quote about why you participate in the Green Commute Challenge. Entries will be judged on creativity of photo and originality of your quote. Judges decisions are final.
  • Go selfie crazy! You can enter a different photo and quote each day of the contest.
  • If you do not have a Twitter account, email your photo and a quote to rideshare@marc.org. (Try and keep your quote to 140 characters or less.)
  • RideShare reserves the right to use entry photos and quotes for promotion of the RideShare program, including social media.
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Seeking feedback on changes to transportation plan

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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.

2016 Third Quarter Amendment to the 2016–2020 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

Comments are due by Friday, July 8, 2016.

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 2016 third quarter amendment to the 2016-20 TIP includes 51 projects:

  • 44 new projects to be added, including, but not limited to:
    • #257010 – Section 5311 Assistance for Bonner Springs.
    • #990257 – ADA Transition Plan Projects.
    • #990276 – Motorist Assist Operations and Staff.
    • #990279 – KC Scout Intelligent Transportation System.
  • Seven projects have been modified in scope, schedule or budget.

Details of the projects are available online at: http://marc.org/transportationinput

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: tip@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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Five reasons why you should participate in the Green Commute Challenge

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The 2016 Green Commute Challenge kicks off today. During the next 12 weeks, employer-based teams will record the miles they commute by carpool, vanpool, bus, streetcar, bike and walking, as well as miles they save by telecommuting to earn points and become eligible for daily, weekly and monthly prize drawings.

Have you ever thought about using alternative transportation? Here are five reasons why you should:

You’ll be in good company
So far, 35 companies have signed up for the Green Commute Challenge this year. Some of Kansas City’s top companies like Hallmark, Cerner, HNTB and the University of Kansas Medical Center encourage their employees to participate because they realize the benefits of alternative transportation — reduced need for parking, on-time and less-stressed employees, less congestion on our roads and better air quality.

You’ll save money
A 15-mile round trip daily commute costs roughly $536 a month in gas and vehicle expenses. That will buy you 112 grande caramel macchiatos or 10 iPod shuffles.

You’ll take care of our air
That same commute emits 3,082 pounds of greenhouse gases. During the warm summer months, the chance for ozone pollution increases as emissions from vehicles and other sources react with heat and sunlight. Ozone is harmful for everyone — it can cause coughing, wheezing and difficulty breathing — but is especially dangerous for children or people with breathing conditions such as asthma. Fewer cars on the road means less ozone pollution, which means everyone can breathe a bit easier.

You’ll be less stressed
Alternative transportation gets you out from behind the wheel of your car. You can use that time to relax — read, check Facebook, play Clash of Clans or take a quick nap. And people who use active transportation, such as walking or biking, gain the benefit of more steps in their daily commute.

You could win prizes!
All of these alone are excellent reasons, but who doesn’t love to win prizes? Our prizes this year include:

  • iPad mini 2
  • Fitbit Alta fitness tracker
  • $100 gift card for Door to Door Organics
  • $100 gift card to Story Restaurant
  • Car-free night on the town that includes a one-night stay at a downtown hotel and movie tickets
  • Large flat screen TV

Visit ridesharekc.org to find out more and register for the Green Commute Challenge.

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Call for public input: replacement of Grand Avenue bridge over I-670

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Periodically, MARC seeks public comments on transportation planning efforts and major amendments to transportation plans. We would like your feedback on a special amendment to the 2016-2020 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), which includes one project:

Replacement of the Grand Avenue bridge over I-670 in Jackson County due to structural issues that have closed the bridge. The project is expected to cost approximately $5.2 million which will be paid with federal and state funds.

View the details of this project

The TIP is an important, short-term planning document that helps budget funds for significant transportation improvements in the region. It identifies projects that receive federal funds and will be implemented during the next three to five years. All comments will be documented and reviewed by MARC’s Total Transportation Policy Committee.

Comments are due by Monday, June 6, 2016.

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: tip@marc.org

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

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Dedicated MPO in search of data geeks with passion for public transit

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MARC is seeking participants for an upcoming focus group that will help RideKC develop a new public-facing dashboard that will visually display current transit metrics and performance trends. The dashboard will combine data from our region’s transit providers, track progress towards transit expansion goals, educate the public, and serve as a resource for policy-makers, news organizations, local municipalities, developers and beyond.

The new dashboard will serve as the official home for the region’s public transit performance measures and will be a part of the new RideKC.org website.

If you are interested, and free on June 10, 2016 at 11:30 a.m., email us at ridekc@marc.org with answers to the following questions:

  1. What is your name?
  2. Why are you interested in participating in this focus group?
  3. What insights do you have that will help shape the new public transit dashboard?

If it’s a match, we’ll provide further details.

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