Special allocation approved to help fund replacement of Buck O’Neil (Broadway) Bridge

At the October Total Transportation Policy Committee (TTPC) meeting, the city of Kansas City, Missouri, requested a special allocation of $40 million in Surface Transportation Program (STP) funds to help pay for a new bridge to replace the existing John J. “Buck” O’Neil (Broadway) Crossing of US-169 over the Missouri River between Clay and Jackson counties in Missouri.

TTPC convened a special joint meeting with the Missouri STP Priorities Committee on Nov. 13, 2017, to discuss the request. The group considered three alternatives:

  • Allocate all available FFY 2021-2022 STP funds, estimated at $35 million, to the project.
  • Allocate $40 million to the project over four years (FFY 2021 to 2024).
  • Consider the request with all other applications in the upcoming call for projects.

A majority of members present supported allocating $40 million for the project over the next two programming cycles, provided that the city of Kansas City, Missouri, does not apply for other STP funds during this period. Both TTPC and the MARC Board of Directors both reviewed and unanimously approved this recommendation at their November meetings.

The allocation of $20 million to the new bridge in 2018 will leave approximately $15 million for other projects during that round of funding (FFY 2021-2022). MARC staff will review the project in 2019 to ensure reasonable progress has been made in securing remaining funding and completing key project development activities prior to the 2020 call for projects (FFY 2023-2024).

Earlier this year, the Missouri Department of Transportation determined that major repairs are needed in the near term to address serious issues with the condition of the bridge structure. MoDOT initially proposed a $50+ million project to make these repairs, which would require complete closure of the bridge for up to two years and serve only to restore the bridge, with no upgrades to meet changing community needs.

Over the past year, MARC’s Beyond the Loop study of the bridge and its surroundings has revealed strong community support for replacing the bridge with a new structure that would strengthen connections to downtown and nearby communities. The study estimates a new bridge would cost approximately $200 million. MoDOT committed to pay half of the cost of a replacement bridge ($100 million) if the city of Kansas City could provide the other half. The $40 million STP allocation leaves a $60 million gap for the city to fund.

The city of Kansas City, Missouri, has submitted — and MoDOT has conditionally approved — a cost-share project to make immediate short-term repairs of the existing bridge and initiate environmental studies for a replacement. These repairs may require short-term full or partial closures of the bridge.

STP funds are suballocated to MARC, the region’s metropolitan planning organization (MPO), by the Federal Highway Administration in order to fund a variety of multimodal and roadway projects on federal highways. The Kansas STP Priorities and Missouri STP Priorities committees make recommendations to allocate these funds, with TTPC and MARC Board approval, through a programming process that occurs every two years.

Take our survey focused on transportation for seniors and individuals with disabilities

The Mid-America Regional Council is updating its Coordinated Plan, which establishes regional goals and strategies for transportation and mobility services for older adults and individuals with disabilities. It also guides decisions about federal grant funding for enhanced mobility services in the Kansas City region.

The short survey seeks to engage populations with mobility challenges, with the goal of learning more about how to tailor existing services and create new programs to meet the needs of these populations.

Take the survey in English  |  Toma la encuesta en español

Anyone can help MARC in this endeavor by distributing this survey to users of special transportation services, including older adults, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and low-income populations.

Visually-impaired survey takers may participate by calling 816-701-8247. Print versions may be obtained by contacting Drew Stiehl at dstiehl@marc.org. In-person tabling events will be announced soon.

You can get more involved in this process and learn about the results of this survey by attending the Mobility Advisory Committee meetings on Dec. 11 and Feb. 12 (locations TBA). To learn more, please contact Drew Stiehl at dstiehl@marc.org or visit the Mobility Advisory Committee website.

OGL strives to remain on cutting edge of evolving technology

Given recent interest in adaptive traffic signals, connected vehicle systems and other new technologies, here’s some background on MARC’s Operation Green Light (OGL) program’s interest in and capacity to support these innovations.

Adaptive Signal Control

  • The current OGL technology can support adaptive signal control.
  • OGL and local agency staff have worked with adaptive technology providers.  If you are interested in exploring the ability to deploy Traffic-Adaptive Signal Timing and/or Traffic Responsive Operations in your jurisdiction, please contact me or one of the OGL staff.

Connected Vehicles

  • Advancements in connected vehicles are happening now. As such, OGL staff have been part of discussions with vehicle technology providers, which we have shared with the OGL Steering Committee.  There are opportunities for the region to advance the technology that now exists that allows traffic signal information (Signal Phasing and Timing, or SPaT) to be shared with third party vendors that can be displayed on in-vehicle systems.

Transportation System Management & Operations

  • OGL staff are involved in real-time operations to respond to freeway diversions from a crash or managing signal changes due to non-reoccurring traffic.
  • OGL is highly involved with overseeing any traffic signal malfunctions and reporting them in an effort to speed repair work.

The OGL program continues to set the standard on a national level for regional inter-agency cooperation and technical innovation.  As technology evolves at an ever-increasing pace, OGL will continue to strive to integrate the best of these technologies into the program to benefit all who live and work in the Kansas City region.

Find out more about Operation Green Light

What statewide transportation issues are important to you?

MoDOT is updating the state’s Long Range Transportation Plan and wants your input. They want to concentrate on the needs that are most important to you, so now is your opportunity to share your thoughts. This online survey will let them know if the existing goals should continue to be the focus going forward. And it will allow you to give input on transportation priorities.

The online survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete and will remain open until Wednesday, Oct. 11. The goal is to collect feedback from across the state to ensure this planning process reflects the needs of Missouri’s travelers, citizens and stakeholders.

Please take a moment today to take the survey here:  https://modotlrtp.metroquest.com/.

Share your thoughts on MARC’s transportation planning process

As the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for the Kansas City region, the Mid-America Regional Council undergoes a certification review every three years conducted by our federal partners — the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

The primary purpose of a certification review is to:

  1. Formalize the continuing oversight and day-to-day evaluation of the planning process.
  2. Ensure that the planning requirements of 23 U.S.C. 134 and 49 U.S.C. 5303 are being implemented.
  3. Provide advice and guidance on enhancing the planning process and improving the quality of transportation investment decisions.

The review can serve as a catalyst to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the planning process and helps ensure the major transportation planning issues facing the metropolitan area are being addressed.

As part of the review process, we’d like to hear from you. Share your thoughts about our transportation planning process by taking this short survey.

Take the survey

Printed versions of the survey are available in the MARC lobby at 600 Broadway, Suite 200, Kansas City, Missouri.

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: transportation@marc.org

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.

Are you ready to green commute?

The 10th annual Green Commute Challenge starts tomorrow! That means it’s time to log your trips using alternative transportation — riding your bike, taking the bus or streetcar, walking, carpooling, or telecommuting. You and your teammates compete with other organizations to see who can save the most miles — and maybe win a few cool prizes along the way.

This year, we’ve made it even easier to identify carpool partners, find bike and bus routes, and log trips using the RideshareKC smartphone app. Download from iTunes | Download from Google Play

Not only will you be contributing to better air quality, but you can save money on gas and vehicle expenses and gain health benefits from reduced stress and increased physical activity. It’s a win, win, win!

The Challenge runs from June 1 to August 31 and registration is open until July 7. Find out more and register at www.ridesharekc.org.