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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Join us for our 20th annual Regional Assembly

Our programs and initiatives represent much more than the work of the MARC board and agency — these efforts involve the entire community. Dedicated people — like you — from local governments, nonprofit agencies, business and industry and educational institutions devote countless hours of time to the committees that guide our work to make the entire Greater Kansas City region a better place to call home.

Each year, we host a Regional Assembly to bring everyone together to recognize the hard work and milestones of the previous year. We hope to see you this year so we can celebrate together!

Thursday, June 9, 2016
11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Downtown Marriott-Muehlebach Hotel
1213 Wyandotte Street, Kansas City, Missouri

Details and registration

Keynote Speaker

greg_fischer_webMayor Greg Fischer of Louisville, Kentucky will be our keynote speaker. He is serving his second term, guiding the city on three key priorities — creating good paying jobs, improving education at all levels, and making Louisville a compassionate city. He was named the 2013 “Public Official of the Year” by Governing Magazine and serves as a trustee for the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Leadership Award Recipients

This year we honor these awardees who have worked to advance a vision of a strong, healthy region.

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Call for projects: Planning Sustainable Places program opens 2017 funding cycle

The Planning Sustainable Places (PSP) program is currently seeking applications for projects that continue the work of the Creating Sustainable Places initiative and the region’s long-range plan for sustainable development.

The PSP efforts work to advance detailed local planning and project development activities that further the creation of vibrant, connected and green places. Projects need to integrate transportation, land use and the environment. The committee uses a thorough public engagement process to vet the projects with the communities.

VIBRANT places provide easy access to jobs and services; offer housing, recreation, shopping and transportation choices; foster connections between neighbors and social engagement; and promote access to arts and culture. Vibrant places make efficient use of public and private assets and resources and are attractive to residents and businesses, not just today and tomorrow, but over the long haul.

 

CONNECTED places are linked by corridors that provide transportation choices, accommodating walking, biking and public transportation as well as the automobile. These corridors attract development and help connect residents to jobs and services.

 

GREEN places create real economic, social and environmental value for residents, businesses and communities. The conservation, restoration and addition of important green places creates a positive impact on our natural world while creating places that promote healthy life styles and healthy residents.

 

There will be a pre-application workshop on May 17, 2016 at 1 p.m. in the MARC Board Room. The project submission deadline is June 24, 2016 at 4 p.m.

The PSP program uses Surface Transportation Program (STP) funding. A total of $1.8 million is available for this round.

  • $ 600,000 − Missouri STP − Livable Communities Pilot Planning Program, FFY 2017
  • $1,200,000 − Kansas STP − Livable Communities Pilot Planning Program, FFY 2017

The program requires a minimum local cash match of 20 percent and applications with a higher local match percentage will receive additional consideration during the project selection process. The maximum available grant award per project is $150,000 and there is no minimum grant award or minimum or maximum project size.

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Kansas City streetcar rolls out with impressive rider numbers

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RideKC Streetcar had its inaugural run Friday, May 6 in downtown Kansas City surrounded by much fanfare and excitement. The grand opening ceremony before the first ride featured Tom Gerend, executive director of the Kansas City Streetcar Authority, and Mayor Sly James of Kansas City, Missouri, who both gave kudos to the many organizations and individuals who contributed to the project.

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Carnival rides in front of Union Station.

Hundreds lined up to ride the streetcar Friday at Union Station.

Hundreds lined up to ride the streetcar Friday at Union Station.

Back in 2010, MARC managed the Downtown Corridor Alternatives Analysis that eventually led to construction of the streetcar on Main Street as the locally preferred alternative, adopted by both the Kansas City, Missouri City Council and MARC.  The study was funded by a Federal Transit Administration grant and by the City of Kansas City, Missouri.

In October 2012, MARC approved $17.7 million in federal funding for the streetcar project — $16 million through the Surface Transportation Program to buy vehicles and $1.7 million from the Congestion Mitigation/Air Quality Program to build streetcar stations. We see this important milestone providing a critical link for the future of our regional transit system.

The streetcar festivities continued throughout the weekend, including carnival rides, fireworks, live music and food and drink specials at restaurants along the line. The Streetcar Authority reported more than 32,000 riders during the course of the weekend and estimates $1.7 billion in economic development has been completed or is in progress in the Transportation Development District since voters approved the streetcar project in 2012.

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We Want Your Input

Public comment_ppt_March2016wordpressPeriodically, 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:

Transportation Outlook 2040 Amendment #1

In June 2015, the MARC Board of Directors approved an update to Transportation Outlook 2040, the Kansas City region’s long-range Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP). It is a blueprint that describes how the region will manage, operate and invest in its multimodal transportation system over the next 25 years. Transportation Outlook 2040 describes the current and evolving surface transportation needs of the metropolitan area and identifies $33.1 billion in transportation investments ranging from road and transit improvements to projects that enhance bike, pedestrian and freight movement.
Amendments are made to Transportation Outlook 2040 as new projects, funding or programs arise and MARC always seeks public review and comment on these amendments. This proposed amendment involves three projects, as described below.

• Add Project #3014: I-435/State Avenue Interchange — Construction of a diverging diamond interchange at I-435 and State Avenue in Wyandotte County, Kansas. This will replace an existing interchange of a different design.

• Add Project #3015: I-70/I-435 Interchange: — Construction of a flyover ramp from I-435 NB to I-70 WB in Wyandotte County. This will replace an existing interchange ramp of a different design.

• Modify Project #3009: I-435/MO-210 Interchange —In Clay County, add an auxiliary lane to I-435 from Parvin Road to the Missouri River with construction of diverging diamond the interchange at I-435/MO-210. This will replace an existing interchange

Details of the projects are available online at http://www.to2040.org/amendmentprocedures.aspx

 2016 Special Amendment #1 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 that will be implemented over the next three to five years.

The proposed special amendment includes five projects:

  • Two new projects:

• #280133 – KDOT — I-435/State Avenue interchange

• #380151 – KDOT — K-7/K-10 interchange; High friction surface treatment

  • Three modified projects

• #349224 – KDOT–Johnson County Gateway Interchange Project

• #350222 – Overland Park – Prairie Trace – Hilltop Campus Trail

• #380127 – KDOT– I-435 from 87th St. East to Pflumm Road

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/16SpecAmend1.aspx

Please submit your comments by Thursday, May 5, 2016.

  • 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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A Call for Input

Which transportation projects should be funded? Let us know what you think.

As the metropolitan planning organization for the Kansas City region, MARC works with many partners to allocate funding for transportation improvements in the region. You have an important role to play in this process, too. Your tax dollars help pay for the federal and state programs that fund many of the transportation projects in our region, and the choice of which ones to fund may affect you and your community. We invite you to share your opinions about proposed projects across the Kansas City region.

We recently asked local governments and other organizations to submit projects for funding from the federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) program, Surface Transportation Block Grant Program (STP) and Surface Transportation Block Grant Set Aside funds (formerly known as the Transportation Alternative Program, or TAP). We received 124 applications totaling about $290 million, and there is only about $77.1 million available in this round of funding, so some hard choices will have to be made.

You can help by sharing your feedback about the projects that were submitted. Visit http://www.marc2.org/TR_CFP/browseprojects.aspx and browse the application summaries by organization, city or county, project category, or requested funding source. Please share your thoughts with us (using the forms found at the bottom of each project summary) by Friday, May 20, 2015. Our transportation planning committees will review your feedback as they evaluate all applications over the summer and make final funding recommendations.

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We Want Your Input

Public comment_ppt_March2016wordpressPeriodically, 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 2nd Quarter 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 that will be implemented over the next three to five years.

The proposed quarterly amendment to the 2016–2020 TIP includes 83 projects — 68 new projects and modifications to scope, schedule and/or budget of 15 projects.

The 68 new projects include:

  • #380146: -Toll Feasibility Study for the South Lawrence Trafficway and K-10 Corridors
  • #490152: -Pavement Improvements on M-152 from I-29 to US-169
  • #590225: -Pavement Improvements on US-169 from Barry Rd. to I-29
  • #690473: -ITS Message Board Installation on I-470 & I-49
  • #790094: -Bridge Improvements on Route A over Black Creek in Cass County
  • #867003: -Bridge Replacement on 347th St. in Miami County

Details of the projects are available online at marc.org/Transportation/Plans-Studies/Transportation-Plans-and-Studies/TIP/TIP-Amendment-Archive/Archive-assets/16Q2amend.pdf

Please submit your comments by Wednesday, March 30, 2016.

  • 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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