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 regions 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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Shadow day encourages the planners of tomorrow

by Whitney Morgan, MARC Transportation Planner

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On Feb. 4, the Kansas City Chapter of Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) honored the legacy of Garrett A. Morgan and his contributions to the transportation industry by exposing some students from Topeka and Kansas City, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri schools to the work of transportation planners, engineers, architects and other related fields. The Garrett A. Morgan Shadow Day Program was developed during the Clinton administration by Rodney E. Slater, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Each year, local professionals host a shadow day 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 Mid-America Regional Council offices to learn about MARC’s role in urban and transportation planning from Ron Achelpohl (director of Transportation and Environment). The students heard from Lamin Nyang (Taliaferro & Browne) and Vernal Stewart (SE3) about the range of engineering fields and career opportunities. Students from UMKC talked about their experiences at college and discussed the benefits of professional organizations and pursuing unique internships.

Read more online about this year’s Garrett A. Morgan Shadow Day.

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2016–2020 TIP approved

TIP_2016cvrIn October, the MARC Board of Directors approved the 2016–2020 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The TIP is an important planning document that helps budget funds for significant transportation improvements across the region. It identifies significant projects that receive federal funds which will be implemented over the next three to five years. MARC updates the full TIP every two years. In between updates, the TIP is amended quarterly to allow for the addition of new project and changes to existing projects. Amendments may also occur on a special basis if necessary.

The 2016–2020 TIP was developed in compliance with MAP-21 regulations, the most recent legislation governing the federal transportation program. It contains:

  • A financial plan that accounts for inflation and includes system-level estimates of operation and maintenance costs and revenues.
  • An environmental justice analysis that examines transportation investments and impact on EJ communities.
  • Visualization techniques, maps and diagrams that help convey information.
  • An updated interactive, online map display of project locations and information.

Prior to its approval, the draft TIP document was made available for public review and comment. The next amendment to the new TIP is expected in December 2015.

The adopted TIP documents are available for review online at www.marc.org/20162020TIP.

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Kansas Consolidated Planning Grant (CPG) projects selected

This summer, MARC applied to the Kansas Department of Transportation for  Consolidated Planning Grant (CPG) funds awarded through a competitive process. KDOT received project applications from six regions across the state totaling approximately $500,000. KDOT selected three of MARC’s projects, listed below, for funding. All work on these projects will be completed during the 2016 calendar year.

The RideKC Data Insight Tool will create a dashboard of performance measures that will be housed on www.ridekc.org. This project proposal emphasized the expansion of public transportation as part of the strategic direction outlined in the Kansas City region’s metropolitan transportation plan (MTP), Transportation Outlook 2040. Through this project, the RideKC regional transit providers and partners will provide information to riders and the public, using transparency to build trust and confidence.

The Air Quality Project Evaluation Tool will develop a consistent method of evaluating air quality impacts across all project types for future rounds of funding. Consistent evaluation will allow for the setting of air quality targets and track performance over time. This project evaluation tool will serve as a model for other metropolitan planning organizations in Kansas and can be used to create consistent evaluation across projects in the State Transportation Improvement Programs (STIPs) and MTPs.

I-35 Integrated Corridor Management will lead to better management of system performance, another policy goal of Transportation Outlook 2040. MARC will lead this effort, partnering with the Kansas City Scout and Operation Green Light programs and others, to develop advance incident scenarios. The additional coordination will help manage congestion on the busy corridors that run through Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas and into the downtown Kansas City area. Development of this plan will run concurrent with KDOT’s ramp metering plans for the corridor in 2016.

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MARC’s Planning Sustainable Places program receives two statewide awards

As part of the Quad States American Planning Association (APA) conference held in October, MARC’s Planning Sustainable Places (PSP) program was honored with two awards: the Missouri chapter’s Outstanding Public Outreach, Program, Project, Tool, Community Initiative Award, and the Kansas chapter’s Pioneer Award for urban areas.

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The PSP program was recognized for its wide-reaching planning and implementation activities, which help local governments make progress toward the region’s long-range transportation and placemaking goals. The program provides grant funds for both planning and implementation activities, using a centers-and-corridors framework. This framework focuses development and redevelopment energy in existing activity centers — the places where people live, work, shop, gather, learn and play — and the transportation corridors that connect them.

Over the past three years, the PSP program has distributed more than $4.5 million in HUD Sustainable Communities and Surface Transportation Program funds to 31 projects across the bistate region. Recipients provide a minimum 20 percent funding match for each grant. MARC plans to solicit applications for the next round of PSP grants in May 2016. Approximately $1.2 million in surface transportation funds will be available on the Kansas side of the region (Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami and Wyandotte counties) and $600,000 on the Missouri side (Cass, Clay, Jackson and Platte counties).  More information about the program is available online at www.marc.org/psp.

The Kansas APA chapter also honored MARC’s long-time Government Innovations Forum Director, Dean Katerndahl, with its Sod Buster Award, which recognizes an individual who has advanced or promoted the cause of planning in the public arena. Katerndahl retired from MARC in June 2015. He was instrumental in launching MARC’s Creating Sustainable Places initiative, a groundbreaking regional effort that led to the creation of the PSP program.

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New ozone standard announced

CAAP-cvr2Federal law requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to review air quality standards periodically to ensure that they reflect the latest scientific research for health and environmental protection. In September, EPA lowered the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for ozone from 75 parts per billion (ppb) to 70 ppb. EPA’s announcement launches a multi-year process in which EPA and state air quality agencies will begin incorporating the new standard into their monitoring and planning work.

While the region experienced mild summer weather this year, three of the 2015 ozone readings would have been categorized as orange alert days — unhealthy for sensitive groups — under this stricter standard. EPA uses a three-year rolling average to determine whether a metro area is in attainment with the ozone standard or not. Early indications are that Kansas City’s 2015 ozone readings meet the new standard, while 2014 readings did not. Next summer’s ozone levels, as part of a 2014/2015/2016 average, will likely be used to determine whether the region is in attainment with the new standard.

The Kansas City region continues to employ voluntary strategies to reduce ozone-forming and greenhouse gas emissions.6 average, will likely be used to determine whether the region is in attainment with the new standard.

The participation in the EPA’s Ozone Advance program and implementation of MARC’s award-winning Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) both leverage local community actions to reduce ozone levels and pollutants.

Learn more about the Kansas City region’s air quality program at www.marc.org/airq.

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We want your feedback

comment bubblesThroughout the year, MARC seeks public comments on various transportation planning efforts. We are currently seeking feedback on the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP). All comments will be documented and reviewed by MARC’s Total Transportation Policy Committee.

The UPWP is an annual planning document that promotes a regional approach to transportation planning in order to achieve Greater Kansas City’s transportation goals and objectives.

In short, the UPWP:

  • Details major transportation projects, 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 UPWP is available online using this link: Draft 2016 Unified Planning Work Program

A summary of major transportation planning initiatives proposed in the Draft 2016 UPWP can be found on the transportation public input webpage.

Please submit your comments by Thursday, Nov. 5.

  • 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 MARC’s transportation planning process can be found in A Guide to Transportation Decision-Making and our 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.

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

Draft of the 2016–2020 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
(comments due by Thursday, Oct. 1)

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 updates the full TIP every two years. In between updates, the TIP is amended on a quarterly basis to allow for the addition of new projects and changes to existing projects.

The 2016–2020 TIP was developed in compliance with MAP-21 regulations, the most recent legislation governing the federal transportation program. It contains:

  • A financial plan that accounts for inflation and includes system-level estimates of operation and maintenance costs and revenues.
  • An environmental justice analysis that examines transportation investments and impact.
  • Visualization techniques, maps and diagrams that help convey information.
  • An updated interactive, online map display of project locations and information.

The draft 2016–2020 TIP document and project lists are available online at http://marc.org/Transportation/Plans-Studies/Transportation-Plans-and-Studies/TIP/2016%E2%80%932020-TIP.

Please submit your comments by Thursday, Oct. 1.

  • 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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