November 23, 2012

Tom Gerend, Mid-America Regional Council, Assistant Transportation Director,, 816701-8303
Dick Jarrold, Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, Senior Director of System Development and Engineering,, 816346-0356
Dan Ferguson, Jackson County, Mo., Public Information Officer,, 816881-3271

Open house to present potential public transit options for major Jackson County corridors

Attend interactive open house on Nov. 27 from 4–6 p.m.

WHAT: Jackson County, Mo., Mid-America Regional Council, Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, and Kansas City, Mo., are hosting an open house to present recommendations for enhancing transit service in the I-70 and Rock Island corridors, and receive feedback on the most recent analysis for the U.S. 71/Bruce R. Watkins corridor.

WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, from 4–6 p.m.

WHERE: River Market Event Place, 140 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO, 64106
Parking is located on the street in front of the facility or down the street at the KCATA park-and-ride lot at 3rd Street and Grand Boulevard. Bus routes to the park-and-ride lot include Main Street MAX, 110, 142, and 173. Visit or call the Regional Call Center at 816-221-0660 for route details.

WHY: The Jackson County Commuter Corridors Alternatives Analysis and U.S. 71 Transit Study have evaluated many options during the last year to identify the types of transit service the community wants and that are feasible in these corridors, the routes they should follow, and financial strategies to support construction and ongoing operations. The studies have been carefully coordinated with each other and the streetcar project in downtown Kansas City, Mo. All are part of a comprehensive effort to implement the region's Smart Moves vision for expanded and enhanced transit service.

Representatives from the Jackson County Commuter Corridors Alternatives Analysis and the U.S. 71 Transit Study will answer questions and discuss issues at the event. Representatives from the Kansas City Downtown Streetcar project and the Mid-America Regional Council's bicycle and pedestrian programs will also be available. Open house attendees will have a chance to win prizes and receive giveaways from local River Market businesses.

The consultant team for the two studies is led by Parsons Brinckerhoff with assistance from Olsson Associates, TranSystems, Taliaferro & Browne, KOA, and Shockey Consulting Services.

Visit MARC's Smart Moves website at for materials and updates on both studies, and share feedback on transit issues through Jackson County's MindMixer website at

Please notify MARC at 816-474-4240 at least 48 hours in advance if you require special accommodations to attend this meeting (e.g., qualified interpreter, large print, reader, hearing assistance). We will make every effort to meet reasonable requests. MARC programs do not discriminate against anyone on the basis of race, color or national origin, according to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. For more information or to obtain a Title VI Complaint Form, visit, or call 816-474-4240.



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