June 13, 2008

David Bower, Mayor of Raytown, Mo., 816/737-6000
Kathleen Rose, Mayor of Riverside, Mo., 816/741-3993
Kendrick Blackwood, Assistant Director of Communications, Kansas City, Mo., Mayor?s Office, 816/513-3513,
Tom Gerend, Assistant Director of Transportation, Mid-America Regional Council, 816/474-4240,

Regional transit summit planned for June 20
Local officials developing a formal service proposal for Missouri counties

Elected officials in Clay, Jackson and Platte counties are moving forward to develop a formal proposal for expanded, multimodal regional transit service, following an agreement forged at a May 30 meeting in Raytown, Mo.

City and county representatives from the three Missouri counties will come together for a transit summit on Friday, June 20, from 9:00?11:00 a.m. The event will be held at the Riverside Community Center, 4498 NW High Drive, Riverside, Mo. Co-hosts include Mark Funkhouser, mayor of Kansas City, Mo.; David Bower, mayor of Raytown, Mo.; and Kathleen Rose, mayor of Riverside, Mo.

A steering committee chaired by Bower is leading the tri-county process. At the summit, subcommittees focused on technical, finance, governance and public input issues will report on progress from their initial meetings.

The eventual proposal will build on Smart Moves, metropolitan Kansas City?s vision for expanded and enhanced regional transit services. Smart Moves was developed jointly between area residents, local cities, the Mid-America Regional Council, the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, Johnson County Transit and Unified Government Transit.

More information about the regional transit committees is at


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