Public input needed on long-term and short-term transportation plans

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Periodically, MARC seeks public comments on transportation planning efforts and major amendments to transportation plans. 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.

Comments are due by Thursday, August 4, 2016.

Special 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 to be implemented over the next three to five years.

The proposed special amendment to the 2016-20 TIP includes one project:

  • Salem Street improvements in Oak Grove: This project will rehabilitate one of the most heavily traveled commercial thoroughfares in Oak Grove. Improvements will include milling, asphalt overlay, marking and pavement/curb replacement.

Amendment to the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)

The UPWP describes the transportation planning activities MARC and other agencies propose to undertake during the next fiscal year. The UPWP promotes a unified regional approach to transportation planning in order to achieve regional goals and objectives.

The proposed amendment to the UPWP includes:

  • Adding four projects:
    • Green Infrastructure Engagement: Engage interested stakeholders and community members in discussions focused on the nexus between green infrastructure and the transportation system, defining a scope for the overall approach and identifying goals, key implementation steps and organizational strategies to be considered in a Regional Green Infrastructure Plan.
    • Draft Integrated Ecosystem Framework (IEF): Based upon initial stakeholder input and existing plans and data, conduct a stakeholder charrette and generate a draft regional conservation and restoration priorities map.
    • Transportation Technology Forum: Conduct a forum that focuses on the future of transportation and how emerging technologies are rapidly changing the way we move people and goods, which has profound impacts for our cities, our infrastructure and our regional economy.
    • Transit Oriented Development Study: In partnership with the KCATA, procure consultant services to conduct an economic benefit study of bus rapid transit routes.
    • Removing two projects:
      • Surveys and Modeling Symposium.
      • Transportation Planning Data Self-Assessment.

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

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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