Congratulations, Green Commute Challenge participants!

The MARC RideshareKC and Air Quality programs announced the 2021 winners of the Green Commute Challenge during an award show broadcast last month.

The first-place team championship was presented to the city of Kansas City, Missouri. Second place went to the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Third place went to UMB.

Daniel Raetzel, with UMB, was announced as the grand prize winner. He received the signature train trip to Hermann, Missouri, including two round-trip Amtrak tickets, a two-night stay at a bed and breakfast, trolly passes and more. The top individual commuter award went to Abby M., with the city of Kansas City, Missouri. Abby is an avid cyclist and logged 1,656 miles. She received a weekend getaway at The Elms Hotel & Spa in Excelsior Springs. The second-place commuter award went to Patrick Y., with the city of Kansas City, Missouri. He received a staycation in Kansas City, including a night at No Vacancy in the Crossroads and dinner.

The Green Commute Challenge is a regional competition to encourage the use of alternatives to driving alone, such as carpooling, riding the bus, bicycling, walking and telecommuting. Participants join a team of coworkers and earn points every time they log an alternative commute.

A total of 260 participants across 22 teams joined the 2021 Green Commute Challenge. From Sept. 20 through Oct. 31, participants traveled 34,741 miles, saved 1,514 gallons of gas, prevented 51,266 pounds of greenhouse emissions, and saved $6,246 in commute costs.

“The Green Commute Challenge demonstrates that every trip really does count,” said Natalie Phillips, RideshareKC and MARC employer outreach coordinator. “Every year, our green commuters carpool, take transit, bike, walk or telework toward a big impact on our community.”

MARC and RideshareKC thank this year’s sponsors of the Green Commute Challenge: Bird and Spin, and partners Soap Refill Station, Museum at Prairiefire, Midwest Cyclery, Charlie Hustle, Sequence, ROKC, Messenger Coffee Co., Zarda Hickory Pit Bar-B-Q, Waldo Pizza, Carolyn’s Pumpkin Patch and The National WWI Museum and Memorial.

Share your thoughts on an amendment to the region’s short-range program

The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is the region’s short-range program that identifies projects to receive federal funds and projects that are of regional significance to be implemented over the next three to five years. MARC amends the TIP on both a quarterly cycle and as needed to accommodate changes to projects in the TIP.

The proposed 2022 1st quarter amendment to the 2022-26 Transportation Improvement Program includes 25 projects.

It will add nine new projects, including but not limited to:

  • 4H Road & DeSoto Road roundabout in Lansing
  • Bridge replacement on Thorn Drive over Davis Creek
  • Quivira Road, 179th Street to 187th Street
  • Bridge replacement at Moonlight Road over I-35

It also modifies 16 projects in scope, schedule or budget

View details of the amendment

Submit comments by Friday, Jan. 7, 2022

You can reach us:

  • By mail: Mid-America Regional Council, 600 Broadway, Suite 200, Kansas City, Missouri, 64105
  • By phone: (816)474-4240
  • By email: tip@marc.org
  • By filling out the form on the Public Input page

MoDOT seeks comments on unfunded needs

Missouri’s statewide transportation system consists of 33,830 miles of roads and 10,399 bridges, both of which rank among the largest for any state in the nation. In addition to state-owned highways, the state’s multimodal transportation system also includes airports, public transit systems, ports and waterways, railways and facilities for bicyclists and pedestrians. The Missouri Department of Transportation, working with its statewide regional planning partners, has identified $1 billion in annual unfunded needs.

MoDOT has developed a High Priority Unfunded Needs list to guide the development of projects into funded projects as state and federal transportation funds increase. MoDOT collaborated with Metropolitan Planning Organizations and Regional Planning Commissions across the state to begin identifying specific projects within each category. The purpose of each project was defined — improve bridge condition, improve road condition, increase economic growth and improve safety, or reconstruct a major interstate — then projects were divided into three tiers based on priority.

On Tuesday, Dec. 7, Patrick McKenna, director of MoDOT, held a public meeting at MARC to gather feedback from the public about the list of unfunded projects specific to the Kansas City district. In the Kansas City district, there are $116 million worth of projects on the tier one list, $438 million on the tier two list, $432 million on the tier three list and $210 million in multimodal unfunded needs.

If you were unable to attend the meeting, you can submit comments or questions using this comment form until Wednesday, Dec. 22.

Share your thoughts on the 2022-2026 TIP

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

The Draft 2022-2026 TIP has been developed by MARC in accordance with regulations contained in the FAST Act, the most recent legislation governing the federal transportation program. In accordance with these regulations the draft 2022-2026 TIP includes:

  • A financial plan that accounts for inflation and includes system-level estimates of operation & maintenance costs and revenues
  • An environmental justice analysis that examines transportation investments and other considerations
  • Discussion about the effect of programmed investments on achieving performance targets
  • Visualization techniques to help convey information

View the draft 2022-2026 TIP»

Submit comments by Friday, Oct. 8, 2021.

You can reach us:

  • By mail: Mid-America Regional Council, 600 Broadway, Suite 200, Kansas City, Missouri, 64105
  • By phone: (816)474-4240
  • By email: tip@marc.org
  • By filling out the form on the Public Input page

Are you ready to Green Commute?

The Green Commute Challenge is back!

This year, RideshareKC’s award-winning Green Commute Challenge runs from Sept. 20 through Oct. 31, 2021. During the challenge, coworkers become teammates and compete against other companies and organizations to see who can log the most Green Commute trips. Participants log trips to earn points and are entered to win prizes and glory!

This year, the challenge has a renewed sense of purpose to reward the remote work revolution while encouraging new green commute habits as folks get back to the office. And with the recent rollout of the KC Regional Climate Action Plan, reducing the amount of travel and the use of fuel sources that produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions are ways to reduce the impact of the transportation sector on climate change.

Green Commute Challenge participants track telework, biking, walking, scooter, carpool/vanpool, or transit trips on the RideshareKC app or website throughout the course of the challenge and are entered to win prizes from partners like:

  • Soap Refill Station
  • Museum at Prairiefire
  • Midwest Cyclery
  • Charlie Hustle
  • Sequence
  • ROKC
  • Messenger Coffee Co.
  • Zarda Hickory Pit Bar-B-Q
  • Waldo Pizza
  • Carolyn’s Pumpkin Patch
  • The National WWI Museum and Memorial

Every trip counts

Commuters who use alternative transportation can save money and gain health benefits from reduced stress and increased physical activity.

In 2019’s challenge, 39 organizations and 470 participants logged 29,036 trips, saving a total of:

  • 256,858 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions
  • 13,069 gallons of fuel
  • $49,472 of gas money

And that’s not counting boosts in productivity, well-being and camaraderie.

So, are you ready to Green Commute? For details or to sign up, visit ridesharekc.org. You can also reach out to the RideshareKC team at rideshare@marc.org or (816) 842-RIDE (7433). May the greenest team win!