The Mid-America Regional Council’s Board of Directors recently approved the allocation of approximately $84.4 million in federal funding for 68 projects that will help improve air quality and public transportation; enhance roads and rehabilitate bridges; and support focused development in the Kansas City region during the coming years.
MARC works with the Missouri and Kansas Departments of Transportation, city and county governments and other local stakeholders to review funding applications that align with priorities and strategies established in the region’s long-range metropolitan transportation plan. The projects selected for funding will help make progress on a broad range of policy goals identified in Transportation Outlook 2040 ( www.marc.org/2040).
“We saw an impressive number of applications during this funding cycle — 152 applications totaling $290.5 million in requested funds, more than three and a half times the amount available,” said Ron Achelpohl, MARC’s director of transportation and environment. “We relied on evaluation of project benefits, local and regional priorities, public comments and equity considerations to rate each project and fund as many as we could.”
Three federal programs provide funding:
- Surface Transportation Program funds for fiscal years 2019-2020 are used to enhance roads, rehabilitate bridges, support livable communities, enhance bicycle and pedestrian options, expand public transportation options and improve safety and operations.
- Congestion Mitigation/Air Quality Program funds for fiscal years 2018–2020 are allocated for projects that help reduce congestion and improve air quality by decreasing vehicle emissions.
- Transportation Alternatives Program funds for fiscal years 2019-2020 are used to improve transportation alternatives, including on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, recreational trails and safe routes to school programs.
Forty-one percent of funds were apportioned to roadway capacity and operations projects and 19 percent to livable communities projects. The Kansas City Area Transit Authority will receive more than $10 million to create bus rapid transit service along Prospect Avenue, to purchase clean diesel buses for better efficiency and reduced emissions and to put technology in place to enhance fare collection and real-time monitoring. For a full list of funded projects, visit www.marc2.org/tr_cfp/browseprojects.aspx.
MARC is a nonprofit association of city and county governments for the bistate Kansas City region, which includes nine counties, 119 cities and more than 1.8 million people. As the federally designated metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for the bistate Kansas City region, MARC is responsible for guiding state and federal transportation dollars to projects that meet regional and local goals.