Share your thoughts on MARC’s transportation planning process

As the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for the Kansas City region, the Mid-America Regional Council undergoes a certification review every three years conducted by our federal partners — the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

The primary purpose of a certification review is to:

  1. Formalize the continuing oversight and day-to-day evaluation of the planning process.
  2. Ensure that the planning requirements of 23 U.S.C. 134 and 49 U.S.C. 5303 are being implemented.
  3. Provide advice and guidance on enhancing the planning process and improving the quality of transportation investment decisions.

The review can serve as a catalyst to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the planning process and helps ensure the major transportation planning issues facing the metropolitan area are being addressed.

As part of the review process, we’d like to hear from you. Share your thoughts about our transportation planning process by taking this short survey.

Take the survey

Printed versions of the survey are available in the MARC lobby at 600 Broadway, Suite 200, Kansas City, Missouri.

Share your thoughts on two important regional transportation plans

We would like your feedback on an amendment to the 2016-2020 Transportation Improvement Plan and updates to the Public Participation Plan.

The Transportation Improvement Plan (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. MARC amends the TIP on a quarterly cycle to accommodate changes to projects in the TIP.

The proposed 2017 third quarter amendment includes 162 projects:

57 new projects to be added, including, but not limited to:

  • 159th St. — Reconstruction from Pflumm Road to Quivira Road.
  • M-9 — Scoping for pavement improvements from Mattox Road to I-635.
  • M-291 — Scoping for pavement improvements from I-435 to Orchard Avenue.
  • US-40 — Scoping for pavement improvements from I-70 to Sterling Avenue.
  • M-7 — Scoping for pavement improvements from I-49 to Independence Street.

105 modified projects, including, but not limited to:

  • Bridge improvements over the Missouri River (Broadway/Buck O’Neil Bridge).

Modifications to projects may address scope, schedule or budget.

Details of these projects are available for review here.


The Public Participation Plan (PPP) describes strategies and policies to engage the public in activities that MARC undertakes for the metropolitan transportation planning process, including development and maintenance of the Long-Range Transportation Plan, Transportation Improvement Program, Unified Planning Work Program and special studies.

View the current PPP

The updates to the plan support an identified need to make the plan more useful as a guide to MARC staff who carry out public participation activities. This includes modifications that streamline strategies and techniques identified in the plan and provide helpful information added in the appendix to assist staff.

You can view a draft of the PPP here [Word document]. The following is a high-level summary of the proposed changes.

General updates:

  • Changed federal language to reflect FAST Act, removed from Appendix (redundant).
  • Changed “citizens” to residents, community members, or people.

Section 3: Specific Plan Processes

  • Included a summary table of important information (comment period length, update schedule, webpage and contact email) for each plan.

Section 4: Strategies and Techniques

  • Removed organization by goals to reduce redundant strategies, added icons that represent each goal that is supported by each strategy.
  • Included “Other Web-based Strategies” which include social media, other digital media and email.
  • Consultation section merged with Email strategy to reduce redundant information. A more detailed section on Consultation is include as an appendix.
  • Social media table removed and replaced with link to MARC webpage for social media.
  • Public Interaction section included to group in-person engagement and information sharing strategies.
  • Added piggyback meetings as a strategy, merged with “Collaboration with Partner Organizations.”
  • Added online engagement as a strategy.
  • Added new section that expands on involving environmental justice populations.

Comments are needed by Monday, July 10, 2017.

Submit 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

MARC’s Total Transportation Policy Committee will document and review all comments. Find additional information about the MARC transportation planning process in A Guide to Transportation Decision Making and in MARC’s Public Participation Plan.

Are you ready to green commute?

The 10th annual Green Commute Challenge starts tomorrow! That means it’s time to log your trips using alternative transportation — riding your bike, taking the bus or streetcar, walking, carpooling, or telecommuting. You and your teammates compete with other organizations to see who can save the most miles — and maybe win a few cool prizes along the way.

This year, we’ve made it even easier to identify carpool partners, find bike and bus routes, and log trips using the RideshareKC smartphone app. Download from iTunes | Download from Google Play

Not only will you be contributing to better air quality, but you can save money on gas and vehicle expenses and gain health benefits from reduced stress and increased physical activity. It’s a win, win, win!

The Challenge runs from June 1 to August 31 and registration is open until July 7. Find out more and register at www.ridesharekc.org.

A Triple Play — DBE networking event offered by MoDOT, Bellewether & COMTO

An informative, relationship-building event will be held Monday, June 12 from 5:30 p.m to 8:00 p.m. at the Robert J. Mohard Multipurpose Center, 3200 Wayne Ave., Kansas City, Missouri. It’s geared toward primes in the construction trades and transportation professionals from MoDOT, KDOT, KCATA and FTA.

Not a DBE? That’s okay … join us and meet professionals from local, state and federal levels and learn how your business can benefit.

Presentations start at 6 p.m. and will cover 2017 Q3 and Q4 project opportunities and announcements.

Find out more and register today.

Share your thoughts on a roadway improvement project near I-49 in Grandview, Missouri

We would like your feedback on an amendment to Transportation Outlook 2040, the Kansas City region’s long-range, Metropolitan Transportation Plan. This blueprint describes how the region will manage, operate and invest in its multimodal transportation system during the next 25 years.

This particular amendment adds details, expands boundaries, modifies the total cost, incorporates phases and demonstrates financial capacity for an existing project in Grandview, Missouri.

Project details:

  • Convert the outer roadways of I-49 from one-way to two-way traffic.
  • Add improvements to the existing outer roads, existing city streets near the Main Street interchange, and construct a new roadway between East 129th Street and Highgrove Road.
  • Add roundabout interstate access on the north and southbound sections of I-49 near 140th Street.
  • This could require up to three phases of construction projects to complete.

Share your comments by Thursday, May 4, 2017.

Submit 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

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

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.

Engaging future transportation leaders

On Feb. 8, 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 students from the Topeka, Kansas; Kansas City, Kansas; and Kansas City, Missouri school districts to the work of transportation planners, engineers, architects and others.

The Garrett A. Morgan Shadow Day Program was developed under the Clinton administration by Rodney E. Slater, the former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation. COMTO KC hosts the Garrett A. Morgan Shadow Day each year 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, students visited the RideKC bus simulator, the KC Streetcar maintenance facility and the Charles B. Wheeler air traffic control tower. Burns and McDonnell hosted the students for lunch and an engineering panel featuring six different types of engineering professionals.

Read more about the Garrett A. Morgan Shadow Day.

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

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.