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.

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