The Regional Transit Coordinating Council (RTCC) is an advisory body made up of representatives from Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA), local jurisdictions and MARC that comes together to discuss regional transit planning, coordination and implementation of transit priorities. Every year, the RTCC sets an ambitious agenda by adopting a new work plan.
Much of the work plan this year focuses on the implementation of the newly adopted Smart Moves 3.0 Regional Transit and Mobility Plan. (Haven’t seen the plan yet? Check it out at kcsmartmoves.org.) MARC, KCATA, and area transit partners will work toward finding new solutions to job access challenges, expanding RideKC Freedom On-Demand service into additional areas within the region, as well as advancing mobility hub planning and Bus Rapid Transit corridor studies for Independence Avenue and North Oak Trafficway.
In addition, the RTCC work plan focuses on continuing to make the bus easier for riders to access. This includes expanding real-time trip planning and tracking information for the whole region, pilot testing off-vehicle ticket vending machines, and making the mobile ticketing app that is currently in pilot testing a permanent feature.
This year, there is an emphasis on funding in the work plan. In coordination with MARC’s 2018 Call for Projects, the RTCC will assemble a list of priority projects that will help to advance transit and mobility in the region. RTCC will confirm the list at its meeting on March 14, 2018. RTCC will then communicate this list of priorities to MARC’s planning and programming committees as they weigh in on which regional projects to prioritize and ultimately fund.
How will you support transit in 2018? That’s the question we asked RTCC members and other meeting attendees in January. See their responses below!
- “Successfully transition ADA eligibility from paper applications to in-person assessments for all regions.”
- “Better transportation to and within Liberty.”
- “Do my best in helping to facilitate implementation of Riverfront and Main Street extensions of the Kansas City Streetcar.”
- “Seek flexible and affordable opportunities to empower mobility-challenged suburbanites.”
- “Develop models for Transportation Management Associations for the region to facilitate job access to regional employment centers.”
- “Spread the streetcar gospel.”
- “Ride public transit services, at least once per week.”
- “Support megaregional travel across agency boundaries. Connecting KCMO to other major metros.”
- “I resolve to be ultra-fiscally responsible when designing and implementing transit related programs and services.”
- “I will plan a trip online (that includes at least one transfer) and will use the RideKC app to pay for the trip.”
- “Partner with the Chamber to move their Big 5 transportation initiative forward.”
- “Convene conversations with smaller communities.”
- “Look under every rock for money.”
- “Make a big ask for regional money.”
- “Free transit service for all!”
- “Improve the process to connect potential riders to service providers (on-demand services). Note: Update Link for Care and connect to RideKC Freedom.”
- “Advocate for regional transit funding/collaboration with friends, family and colleagues to help build consensus.”
- “Connections/rides/buses – more connections to employers in Clay Co. and Johnson Co. More conducive to shift work and closer to business hubs. Why not connections to Olathe and Lee’s Summit?”
- “Don’t talk about transit without talking about land use.”
- “Work on and support the streetcar extension.”
- “Support and help assist in Prospect MAX completion and autonomous transit.”
- “Ride the bus!”
- “Continue to educate the public about the importance of transit, elevate the conversation regionally and help move regional funding conversation forward.”
- “More frequency, better marketing, real-time info!”
- “Develop regional funding proposal for vote by region’s counties.”
- “Be mindful of moment but not at the expense of the future. Of course, I will do this riding transit.”
- “Social media campaign and fliers, etc. at stops for RideKC app to increase use and ridership.”
See the full RTCC work plan
To learn more about RTCC, visit their committee page