As follow-up to the Smart Moves update in 2008, MARC is working with local elected officials and transit operators toward a regional transit system that offers more service and travel options for the public. The multiphase study will to further evaluate specific urban and commuter transit corridors, recommend implementation plans, and identify costs to build and operate new services.
An expanded transit network in metro Kansas City would promote livable communities by improving connections between activity centers and along major corridors, offering transportation choice to residents, and supporting local development and access to jobs.
The Phase I Urban Corridors Strategy will outline higher-capacity and bus rapid transit services for a set of major urban corridors that link two states, four counties and numerous municipalities:
- North Oak Trafficway
- U.S. Highway 40
- Main/Wornall (MAX service began in 2005)
- Troost Avenue (service begins in 2010)
- Metcalf Avenue/Shawnee Mission Parkway
- State Avenue
In early 2010, MARC received a $50 million award through the U.S. Department of Transportation's TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grants program to expand the region's bus rapid transit network and enhance transportation infrastructure in the Green Impace Zone. More about TIGER
MARC contracted with Olsson Associates to evaluate the urban corridors, and is coordinating with transit providers and local jurisdictions to guide the studies.
Regional Transit Implementation Plan Phase I: Urban Corridors Final Report (pdf, 4.6MB)
For more information, contact Tom Gerend at MARC.