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:

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.

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