About Smart Moves




Smart Moves is metropolitan Kansas City's vision for expanded and enhanced regional transit service. Smart Moves planning team

How Smart Moves was created

Originally developed in 2002, Smart Moves describes how transit should serve the Kansas City metropolitan area in the years and decades ahead. It proposed a primarily bus-based system that would increase transit service in the region to a level comparable with transit service available in peer cities.

Smart Moves builds on extensive past plans and studies, reflects what residents and businesses say they want in a public transit system, and incorporates best practices from across the country. The vision expands on current transit routes and facilities, and recommends existing and new service types, vehicles and facilities to meet local and regional needs.

Getting on board

In the last few years, area communities have started to get energized about transit. Many are including a public transit element as they study transportation corridors and plan for new development in their cities. Transit can be an option for getting workers to new employment centers, a catalyst for community revitalization and increased density, and a tool for improving air quality and reducing energy consumption.

Recent transit successes include new commuter bus service between Overland Park and Lawrence on K-10, with heavy ridership; and MAX, the region's first bus rapid transit route, along the Main Street corridor in Kansas City, Mo. The passage of a citizen-driven light-rail proposal in Kansas City, Mo., in November 2006, sent a clear message that citizens want more options for how they move around the region.

Smart Moves was updated in 2007-08
Smart Moves Regional Transit Vision (2008 Update) (pdf)

Missouri Senate Bill 825
This act creates the Kansas and Missouri Regional Investment District Compact. Under the act, the compact between Missouri and Kansas allows the Kansas City metro area to pool funds raised across the region to pay for improvements that are regional in nature (and benefit residents throughout the metro area.


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