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.

We are currently seeking public feedback on two transportation-related programs.

2015 Special Amendment #1 to the 2014–2018 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
(comments due by Thursday, May 7, 2015)

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 to the 2014–2018 TIP includes four projects:

One new project:

  • #996098 — Johnson County Transit:  Station stops, terminals and facilities.

Three modified projects:

  • #259193 — Unified Government: Kaw Point Park connector trail.
  •  #956004 — Johnson County Transit: Fixed-route line haul service.
  • #996097 — Johnson County Transit: Capital and operating assistance for The JO.

Details of the projects are available online at: www.marc.org/Transportation/Plans-Studies/Transportation-Plans-and-Studies/TIP/TIP-Amendment-Archive/Archive-assets/15SpecAmend1.aspx.

Amendment #1 to the United Planning Work Program (UPWP)
(comments due by Thursday, May 7, 2015)

The UPWP is an annual planning document that is important for creating a regional scope on achievement of area-wide transportation goals and objectives.

In short, the UPWP:

  • Details each major project 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 amendment includes:

  • Adjustment of the budgets in the document to modify the Missouri and Kansas shares of the overall reduction in available Consolidated Planning Grant  funding (totaling $107,284).

• Add new task E.9 — Route C Corridor Study.

Details of the projects are available online at: marc.org/Transportation/Plans-Studies/Transportation-Plans-and-Studies/UPWP/UPWP-assets/2015_UPWP_Amend1.aspx.

Proposed 2015–2018 Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goal
(comments due by Friday, June 5, 2015)

MARC’s policy is to ensure that DBEs, as defined in Part 26, have an equal opportunity to receive and participate in USDOT-assisted contracts.

In short, MARC’s DBE policy:

  • Ensures nondiscrimination in the award and administration of USDOT-assisted contracts.
  • Creates a level playing field on which DBEs can fairly compete for USDOT-assisted contracts.
  • Ensure that the DBE program is narrowly tailored in accordance with applicable law.
  • Ensure that only firms the fully me 49 CFR, Part 26 eligibility standards are permitted to participate as DBEs.
  • Help remove barriers to the participation of DBEs in USDOT-assisted contracts.
  • Assist the development of firms that can compete successfully in the marketplace outside of the DBE program.

The proposed goal suggests a 2015 – 2018 DBE Goal of 20 percent.

Details of the proposed goal are available online at: www.marc.org/Transportation/Public-Input/assets/Proposed_2015-2018_DBEgoal

Please submit your comments by Friday, June 5, 2015.

  • 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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