Congrats to Transportation, Technology, Math and Science Academy students!

The sixth cohort of students recently finished the Transportation, Technology, Math and Science Academy at Donnelly College. As the Kansas host site for the National Summer Transportation Institute, the program promotes awareness of educational and career opportunities in the transportation industry among disadvantaged and at-risk middle and high school students.

At the closing ceremony, four student groups — air, rail, roads, water — presented their final projects. The students also heard from representatives from the Kansas City Chapter of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) who spoke about the importance of higher education and the many career opportunities in transportation.

Read more on the COMTO Kansas City blog.

Green Commute Challenge selfie contest!

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Here’s what you need to know:

  • Tweet your selfie between July 11 and July 20 with #GCCKC2016 or @RideShareKC.
  • Include a quote about why you participate in the Green Commute Challenge. Entries will be judged on creativity of photo and originality of your quote. Judges decisions are final.
  • Go selfie crazy! You can enter a different photo and quote each day of the contest.
  • If you do not have a Twitter account, email your photo and a quote to rideshare@marc.org. (Try and keep your quote to 140 characters or less.)
  • RideShare reserves the right to use entry photos and quotes for promotion of the RideShare program, including social media.

Seeking feedback on changes to transportation plan

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Periodically, MARC seeks public comments on transportation planning efforts and major amendments to transportation plans. Our public input page provides details about how to submit your comments. All comments will be documented and reviewed by MARC’s Total Transportation Policy Committee.

We are currently seeking public feedback on one transportation-related program.

2016 Third Quarter Amendment to the 2016–2020 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

Comments are due by Friday, July 8, 2016.

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 2016 third quarter amendment to the 2016-20 TIP includes 51 projects:

  • 44 new projects to be added, including, but not limited to:
    • #257010 – Section 5311 Assistance for Bonner Springs.
    • #990257 – ADA Transition Plan Projects.
    • #990276 – Motorist Assist Operations and Staff.
    • #990279 – KC Scout Intelligent Transportation System.
  • Seven projects have been modified in scope, schedule or budget.

Details of the projects are available online at: http://marc.org/transportationinput

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: tip@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.

Five reasons why you should participate in the Green Commute Challenge

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The 2016 Green Commute Challenge kicks off today. During the next 12 weeks, employer-based teams will record the miles they commute by carpool, vanpool, bus, streetcar, bike and walking, as well as miles they save by telecommuting to earn points and become eligible for daily, weekly and monthly prize drawings.

Have you ever thought about using alternative transportation? Here are five reasons why you should:

You’ll be in good company
So far, 35 companies have signed up for the Green Commute Challenge this year. Some of Kansas City’s top companies like Hallmark, Cerner, HNTB and the University of Kansas Medical Center encourage their employees to participate because they realize the benefits of alternative transportation — reduced need for parking, on-time and less-stressed employees, less congestion on our roads and better air quality.

You’ll save money
A 15-mile round trip daily commute costs roughly $536 a month in gas and vehicle expenses. That will buy you 112 grande caramel macchiatos or 10 iPod shuffles.

You’ll take care of our air
That same commute emits 3,082 pounds of greenhouse gases. During the warm summer months, the chance for ozone pollution increases as emissions from vehicles and other sources react with heat and sunlight. Ozone is harmful for everyone — it can cause coughing, wheezing and difficulty breathing — but is especially dangerous for children or people with breathing conditions such as asthma. Fewer cars on the road means less ozone pollution, which means everyone can breathe a bit easier.

You’ll be less stressed
Alternative transportation gets you out from behind the wheel of your car. You can use that time to relax — read, check Facebook, play Clash of Clans or take a quick nap. And people who use active transportation, such as walking or biking, gain the benefit of more steps in their daily commute.

You could win prizes!
All of these alone are excellent reasons, but who doesn’t love to win prizes? Our prizes this year include:

  • iPad mini 2
  • Fitbit Alta fitness tracker
  • $100 gift card for Door to Door Organics
  • $100 gift card to Story Restaurant
  • Car-free night on the town that includes a one-night stay at a downtown hotel and movie tickets
  • Large flat screen TV

Visit ridesharekc.org to find out more and register for the Green Commute Challenge.

Call for public input: replacement of Grand Avenue bridge over I-670

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Periodically, MARC seeks public comments on transportation planning efforts and major amendments to transportation plans. We would like your feedback on a special amendment to the 2016-2020 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), which includes one project:

Replacement of the Grand Avenue bridge over I-670 in Jackson County due to structural issues that have closed the bridge. The project is expected to cost approximately $5.2 million which will be paid with federal and state funds.

View the details of this project

The TIP is an important, short-term planning document that helps budget funds for significant transportation improvements in the region. It identifies projects that receive federal funds and will be implemented during the next three to five years. All comments will be documented and reviewed by MARC’s Total Transportation Policy Committee.

Comments are due by Monday, June 6, 2016.

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: tip@marc.org

Additional information about the MARC transportation planning process can be found in A Guide to Transportation Decision Making and in MARC’s Public Participation Plan.

Dedicated MPO in search of data geeks with passion for public transit

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MARC is seeking participants for an upcoming focus group that will help RideKC develop a new public-facing dashboard that will visually display current transit metrics and performance trends. The dashboard will combine data from our region’s transit providers, track progress towards transit expansion goals, educate the public, and serve as a resource for policy-makers, news organizations, local municipalities, developers and beyond.

The new dashboard will serve as the official home for the region’s public transit performance measures and will be a part of the new RideKC.org website.

If you are interested, and free on June 10, 2016 at 11:30 a.m., email us at ridekc@marc.org with answers to the following questions:

  1. What is your name?
  2. Why are you interested in participating in this focus group?
  3. What insights do you have that will help shape the new public transit dashboard?

If it’s a match, we’ll provide further details.

Join us for our 20th annual Regional Assembly

Our programs and initiatives represent much more than the work of the MARC board and agency — these efforts involve the entire community. Dedicated people — like you — from local governments, nonprofit agencies, business and industry and educational institutions devote countless hours of time to the committees that guide our work to make the entire Greater Kansas City region a better place to call home.

Each year, we host a Regional Assembly to bring everyone together to recognize the hard work and milestones of the previous year. We hope to see you this year so we can celebrate together!

Thursday, June 9, 2016
11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Downtown Marriott-Muehlebach Hotel
1213 Wyandotte Street, Kansas City, Missouri

Details and registration

Keynote Speaker

greg_fischer_webMayor Greg Fischer of Louisville, Kentucky will be our keynote speaker. He is serving his second term, guiding the city on three key priorities — creating good paying jobs, improving education at all levels, and making Louisville a compassionate city. He was named the 2013 “Public Official of the Year” by Governing Magazine and serves as a trustee for the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Leadership Award Recipients

This year we honor these awardees who have worked to advance a vision of a strong, healthy region.