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!

Regional leaders discuss Advanced Air Mobility impacts and opportunities

Kansas City is known as the Paris of the Plains, but one day that could change to Paris of the Planes. This month, MARC invited regional stakeholders to hear from Brandon Naylor, legislative director for Rep. Sharice Davids, on the opportunities and impacts Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) may present for the Kansas City region.

This discussion occurred after legislation, co-sponsored by Rep. Davids, was passed by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to establish an interagency working group to more effectively engage and coordinate with industry in the AAM sector. Senator Jerry Moran co-sponsored the Senate version of the legislation that was passed by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.

Participating stakeholders included representatives of regional jurisdictions, departments of transportation, chambers of commerce, universities and others.

Participants heard legislative updates from Mr. Naylor and discussed regional information, opportunities, or concerns, such as potential transportation, economic or environmental impacts.

What is Advanced Air Mobility?

Emerging technologies in vehicle electrification, connectivity and autonomy are impacting all aspects of the transportation industry. One of the newest developments is the emergence of Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) in the aviation industry. AAM is defined by NASA as “an air transportation system that moves people and cargo between places previously not served or underserved by aviation – local, regional, intraregional, urban – using revolutionary new aircraft that are only just now becoming possible.”

Learn more about AAM from NASA

Share your thoughts on proposed projects for regional long-range plan

Earlier this summer, MARC solicited a call for new and updated projects for consideration in Connected KC 2050, the Kansas City region’s metropolitan transportation plan. This was not an application for specific funding. However, inclusion in the plan helps the region understand local agency priorities and can also be a step in the process to secure future federal funding.

A total of 14 agencies submitted 30 new projects for consideration of inclusion the Connected KC 2050 plan. These are undergoing review by staff and MARC stakeholder technical and policy committees. In the meantime, information submitted in support of each one of these projects is available for public review and comment.

In our role as metropolitan planning organization for Greater Kansas City, MARC maintains Connected KC 2050. This plan establishes regional priorities for future transportation strategies and investments and guides how federal transportation funds are used in our area.

Under current federal planning regulations, the plan must include a financially constrained set of project priorities. The current listing of Connected KC 2050 projects, formally approved in June of 2020, originates from a call for projects conducted in early 2019. Amendments are made to this plan as new projects, funding or programs arise.

The intent of the call for new and updated projects was to:

  • Identify any potential regionally significant new projects not currently included in Connected KC 2050.
  • Provide an opportunity to update project cost information or consider other changes to existing project listings. 

Please reach out to Martin Rivarola at mrivarola@marc.org with any questions or comments about this process.

Share your thoughts on the regional transportation planning process

MARC is the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for the bistate Kansas City region. Federal statutes require urban areas with more than 50,000 people designate an MPO to receive federal highway or transit funds.

As your MPO, MARC works with federal and local governments, state departments of transportation, transit agencies, area stakeholders and the public to ensure that transportation plans and projects help move the region toward achieving the goals outlined in our current long-range transportation plan — Connected KC 2050.

Every four years, the U.S. Department of Transportation reviews our processes to make sure they adhere to federal statutes and regulations. As part of this certification review process, we’d like to hear what you think about our transportation planning process.

Please take this short survey to share your feedback.

FHWA and FTA host virtual public meeting

In addition to the survey, you are invited to attend a virtual public meeting hosted by FHWA and FTA on Tuesday, Aug. 17 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. where you can share your thoughts on the transportation planning process.

Join the virtual meeting

If you can’t access the meeting at the link above, you can use the audio-only call-in number: 1-509-931-1572. The access code is 760784795. If you are unable to attend the public meeting or wish to provide comments directly, please contact Darla Hugaboom, FHWA – Iowa Division, at (515) 233-7305 or Eva Steinman, FTA- Region VII, at (816) 329-3931. Public comments will be collected through Aug. 19, 2021.

Our transportation planning process

Transportation planning is the process of identifying transportation problems and looking for solutions to those problems. We provide a forum for our stakeholders and the public to come together and ensure that the plans and projects developed — and funded through federal and state dollars — help achieve a rising quality of life for everyone.

MARC’s transportation planning work includes:

  • Evaluating the impact of development and land-use patterns on the region’s transportation system.
  • Working with committees to establish funding priorities and strategies for managing the region’s transportation system.
  • Developing plans for long- and short-term transportation investments.
  • Guiding state and federal transportation dollars to projects that meet regional and local goals.
  • Coordinating technical and policy studies.
  • Promoting transportation choices through supporting public transit, bicycle and pedestrian travel, carpooling and vanpooling.

Please take this short survey to share your feedback.