This month, the MARC Board of directors will consider a recommendation from the Total Transportation Policy Committee (TTPC) to fund more than $100 million in area transportation projects.
The process began in March with a call for projects for transportation funds from three sources: 2015–2018 Congestion Mitigation/Air Quality funds, 2017–2018 Surface Transportation Program funds and 2014–2018 Transportation Alternatives funds. MARC received 181 applications seeking $410 million — about four times the anticipated funds available.
Committee stakeholders participated in a June workshop to evaluate project applications and make recommendations. “This was a very competitive process and our committees spent many sessions deliberating,” said Missouri TTPC co-chair David Bower.
Programming committees made final recommendations with at least partial funding for 94 transportation-related projects around the region. A list is available online.
“These recommendations reflect a balanced distribution of modes, project types and geographical locations and are well-aligned with the planning committees’ priorities and regional policy goals,” said Kansas TTPC co-chair Chuck Adams.
The funding recommendations were announced in September, followed by a period for public review and comment before final decisions are made by TTPC and the MARC Board.