Summary of New Regional Job Access Services


Contact Information

Organization: KCATA
Contact person: Tracey Logan
Title: Finance Compliance Officer
Phone: (816) 346-0224
Organization address: 1350 E. 17th Street
  Kansas City, MO    64106

General Information

G8.1 Project title: New Regional Job Access Services
G8.2 Project description: Implement new connecting transit service in selected areas that will focus on improving regional access to jobs. Supportive governments, businesses and organizations may each contribute funding in a variety of ways.
G8.3 Project contact: Jameson Auten

Shawn Strate
G1. Project Type: Public Transportation - Transit Operations
G2. Funding Stream: CMAQ
G3. TIP Number:
G4. State: Regional (bistate)
G5. Project county: 1. Jackson 2. Wyandotte 3. Johnson
G6. Project municipality: 1. Multi-City
G7. Multiple agencies / jurisdictions? Yes
RTCC regional partners who provide service in the region.
G8.4 Purpose and need: Implement new service or expanded service in selected areas identified by the SmartMoves 3.0 plan or other planning efforts that will focus on improving regional access to jobs. The project will add service options providing more opportunities to access jobs and provide a great opportunity for inter-jurisdictional cooperation, as well as increased access for residents on both sides of the state line.
G9. Origin and ending
  Length (Miles):

G10. Functional Classification: Interstate
G11. In Transportation Outlook 2040? Yes   Decade:   2010
G12. Muli-Agency Plan? Yes
The project is endorsed by the Regional Transit Coordinating Council and is consistent with the long-term goals and strategies of the Smart Moves 3.0 Regional Transit Plan. The project is being coordinated between multiple transit providers in the region, and with the assistance of cities or counties within which the service operates. Opportunities for Public/Private partnerships exist, and the project also promotes MARC’s Creating Quality Places – Transportation and Public Places initiatives as well.
G13. Included in a CIP? Yes
The project is endorsed by the Regional Transit Coordinating Council and is consistent with the long-term goals and strategies of the updated Smart Moves 3.0 Regional Transit Plan.
G14. Planning stage: Preliminary Plan
G15. Reviewed by state DOT? Under Review
G16. Right-of-Way acquisition: All acquired or none needed
G17. ROW by local public agency process manual? No
G18. Other unique local goals and objectives? Yes
The project is endorsed by the Regional Transit Coordinating Council and is consistent with the near-term and long-term goals and strategies of the Smart Moves 3.0 Regional Transit Plan. The project promotes MARC’s Creating Quality Places – Transportation and Public Places initiatives. New and expanded transit service also promotes goals and objectives of local community plans, which often include improving transit access or expanding transportation choices.
G19. Transportation Disadvantaged Population: Disadvantaged populations will benefit from new transit services that provide expanded access to job and other opportunities throughout the region. This includes low-income, minority, older adults, disabled, persons living in zero-car households, and/or veterans.
G20. Relevant Public Engagement: KCATA utilizes MARC’s public involvement process to gather public input on transit projects. In order to provide an opportunity for general community, business and neighborhood level areas to provide input on transit projects, KCATA utilizes focus groups, public meetings, stakeholder meetings, community notices and other transit-related events.
G21. Planned Public Engagement: KCATA will continue to involve the public through focus groups, public meetings, stakeholder meetings, community notices and other transit-related events. As services are implemented, KCATA and regional partners will conduct public outreach and marketing, with a focus on disadvantaged populations that will most benefit from the service.
G22. Sustainable Places Criteria: Access to Healthy Foods---Active Transportation/Living---Age in Place------- Complete Street Design---Connected Street Network---Context Appropriate Streets------- ----Green Infrastructure----------- ---------------- ---------------- Transit-Ready Corridors-----
G22.1. Describe CSP relationship: Access to Healthy Foods: reduce barriers to grocery stores and edible landscapes. Active Transportation: transit use is associated with increased walking. Age in Place: target areas with greatest transportation choices, including on-demand services, and range of housing options. Complete Street Design: integrate transit facilities into street design; prioritize pedestrian improvements around transit stops. Apply complete street policies throughout a network and avoid one-size fits-all applications. Transit-Ready Corridors: integrate transit facilities into streetscape designs or as criteria for site design in areas with constrained rights-of-way. Green Infrastructure: improve air quality. Context appropriate streets fit the physical setting and better support our distinct places. Context Appropriate Streets: build a menu of streetscape elements, including lane widths, parking, landscape/amenities, sidewalks, bike facilities, and access spacing.
G23. Implements Sustainable Places Initiatives? Yes
RideKC partners have been involved in numerous PSP projects around the region. New regional transit services are anticipated to connect locations where PSP planning activities have occurred, including key nodes and activity centers. This program will build on previous investments and areas of citywide and regional impact. This project promotes the PSP and CSP themes in the following ways: • Livable – Revitalize neighborhoods through improved transit access and provide needed services and amenities. • Connected – Improve connections and improve transportation options. Thriving – Support enhanced areas of employment and create thriving business districts. • Sustainable – Provide multimodal transportation to reduce dependency on private vehicles and improve air quality.
G24. Serves Regional Activity Center? Yes
Highest-Intensity and Most-Walkable Centers RideKCs most successful services currently operate in the highest-intensity activity centers. This project will improve connectivity between these activity centers, as well as connect high-intensity areas to growing employment centers in less-intense areas that have traditionally had no or limited transit access. New transportation connections will enhance the vibrancy of these centers by providing more convenient and accessible transportation within and between them.
G25. Environmental justice tracts? Yes
Yes, new and expanded transit service will improve downtown transfer connections between multiple KCATA fixed-routes and streetcars that provide access and service to EJ tracts throughout the region and converge downtown. In particular, new services will help connect environmental justice tracts to job opportunities that are currently more difficult to access.
G26. Reduces greenhouse gas emissions? Yes
Yes, increased transit use reduces auto-dependency and emissions, as a bus has seating availability for 40 riders and decreases the need for single-occupancy automobile trips. Buses deployed on these services use clean fuel sources, specifically clean-diesel technologies and CNG. This air quality improvement is even more significant when considering KCATA’s current efforts to replace its current diesel fleet with new CNG and clean-diesel buses with the latest emissions technologies.
G27. Natural Resource information: By transporting people by bus instead of by single-occupancy vehicles, less space is required for streets and parking lots that consume vast amounts of land and damage natural resources.
G28. Community Links at Watershaed Scale: Reducing land area devoted to impervious concrete such as parking lots can reduce stormwater runoff and improve water quality within a watershed.
G29. Explain local land use or comprehensive plans: • Smart Moves 3.0 Regional Transit Plan
• KCATA Comprehensive Service Analysis
• Planning Sustainable Places plans completed across the Kansas City region
• Many municipal comprehensive plans include improving transit access and connectivity as a goal or objective
G30.1 Complies with MARC’s CSP? Yes
G30.2 Exception to the MARC CSP? No
Traveler Type (All Ages & Abilities)
Mobility Aids:       
Transit Riders:       
Green Streets:       

Project Financial Information

CMAQ Federal amount 600  (Thousands of $)
CMAQ Match amount: 150  (Thousands of $)
CMAQ Year requested: 2021
Source of Local Match: KCATAs local funding sources includes contractual agreements with local communities and 1/2 cent transportation sales tax and 3/8 cent ATA sales tax in Kansas City, Missouri.
Explain: Approximately three (3) new peak hour routes will be created costing a total of $250,000 per year for three years, resulting in a total cost of approximately $750,000.
Scope Change: The project will be phased and service levels will be adjusted based on demand and funding availability.
Cost Breakdown:
Highway:   %
Transit: 100  %
Bike:   %
Pedestrian:   %
Other:   %

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