Summary of Regional Clean Transit Vehicle Program


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: Regional Clean Transit Vehicle Program
G8.2 Project description: KCATA, Johnson County, Kansas and Unified Government will purchase
approximately 20 new CNG, clean diesel and propane ADA-accessible buses to
replace diesel buses that have met their useful life. New regional transit vehicles will attract new riders, reduce emissions, improve air quality, improve operating efficiencies, and promote a more sustainable, domestically-supplied fuel.
G8.3 Project contact: Bill Spies
BJ Garcia
Justus Welker
G1. Project Type: Public Transportation - Transit Capital
G2. Funding Stream: CMAQ STP
G3. TIP Number:
G4. State: Regional (bistate)
G5. Project county: 1. Region Wide
G6. Project municipality: 1. Multi-City
G7. Multiple agencies / jurisdictions? Yes
KCATA, Johnson County, Kansas and Unified Government of Wyandotte County, Kansas
G8.4 Purpose and need: The new vehicles will significantly reduce emissions and air pollutants and promote transit usage by providing attractive and energy-efficient buses. This directly supports the Transportation Outlook 2040 vision, “A safe, balanced regional multimodal system that is coordinated with land-use planning, supports equitable access to opportunities, and protects the environment.”
G9. Origin and ending
  Length (Miles):
All routes
G10. Functional Classification: Interstate
G11. In Transportation Outlook 2040? Yes   Decade:   2040
G12. Muli-Agency Plan? Yes
This project implements projects included in the KCATA, JCT and UG strategic capital plans that recognize a modern, attractive, accessible and efficient bus fleet as fundamental to the provision of high quality transit service for the region. This is a Regional Transit Coordinating Council priority project.
G13. Included in a CIP? Yes
Bus replacements for KCATA, JCT and UG bus fleets are included in the agencies’ long-term capital budgets and Strategic Plans for transit improvements and part of the RTCC plan.
G14. Planning stage: Final Plan
G15. Reviewed by state DOT? Yes
G16. Right-of-Way acquisition: All acquired or none needed
G17. ROW by local public agency process manual? Yes
G18. Other unique local goals and objectives? Yes
This project supports RTCC goals and KCATA, JCT and UG system objectives to
develop, provide, manage and coordinate public transit options serving regional
customers and constituencies in a safe, courteous, efficient and innovative manner.
G19. Transportation Disadvantaged Population: Providing safe, convenient, accessible and reliable service to the transportation disadvantaged populations including the low-income, minority, older adults, disabled, persons living in zero-car households, and/or veterans will have a positive effect. Purchase of the CNG vehicles will provide access to jobs and job related activities, employment centers throughout the counties of Jackson, Clay, Plate, and Wyandotte. Supporting and enhancing transit service improves access to jobs, training, medical facilities, etc.
G20. Relevant Public Engagement: KCATA utilizes MARC’s public involvement process to gather public input on transit projects that is transparent and open to the public. KCATA also utilizes focus groups, public meetings, stakeholder meetings, community notices and other transit-related events to provide an opportunity for general community, business and neighborhood level areas to provide input on transit projects. The public feedback will be used in determining project feasibility, design and utilization of various aspects of the project. Strategies and Tools: • hold any public meetings at convenient and accessible locations and times; • employ visualization techniques to describe project plans; and • make public information available in electronically accessible format and means, such as the World Wide Web, to afford reasonable opportunity for consideration of public information. Feedback from the public will be utilized in determining project feasibility, locations, and other project logistics.
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.
G22. Sustainable Places Criteria: ---------------- Complete Street Design---Connected Street Network----------- ---------------- ---------------- ---------------- ------
G22.1. Describe CSP relationship: Complete Street Design: 1) Integrate transit facilities into street design on transit routes; prioritize pedestrian improvements around transit stops. 2) Apply complete street policies throughout a network and avoid one-size-fits-all complete streets that generically accommodate every mode but work well for none. Connected Street Networks: 1) Provide direct connections when possible; where connections are impractical, consider alternate/limited mode connections (i.e. pedestrian passages, etc.). 2) Designate certain routes within the network for different transportation priorities & urban design strategies.
G23. Implements Sustainable Places Initiatives? Yes
Build on previous investments and areas of citywide impact. • Livable – Revitalize neighborhoods 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 – Create a sustainable community.
G24. Serves Regional Activity Center? Yes
High-Intensity and More_Walkable Centers High-Intensity and More_Walkable Centers Transit provides significant economic
benefits and improving transit increases those benefits. KCATA, JCT and UG
support economic development by providing access to jobs and job related
activities, employment centers throughout the counties of Jackson, Clay, Platte,
Wyandotte, Johnson. Supporting and enhancing transit service improves access to
jobs, training, medical, facilities, etc.
G25. Environmental justice tracts? Yes
Present transit services are focused in and around EJ tracts. Providing new, cleaner CNG, propane and clean diesel buses will enhance service and improve air quality in EJ areas, connecting residents to jobs and opportunities.
G26. Reduces greenhouse gas emissions? Yes
Yes. CNG, clean diesel and propane buses are significantly cleaner with less Greenhouse Gas emissions than older diesel buses. Using fuels that emit less CO2 than the diesel fuels that they replace has a direct positive impact on the environment. This air quality improvement is even more significant when new STP and CMAQ funded CNG, propane and clean diesel buses are compared to the 12 to 15 year old diesel fueled buses that are being replaced.
G27. Natural Resource information: Improving transit and transit oriented development helps preserve and protect
sensitive lands from development.
G28. Community Links at Watershaed Scale: The transit system in Kansas City is regional in nature and transects multiple
watersheds. The transit system operates on existing right-of-ways and requires no further development of natural resources. Improving transit and transit oriented development in all aspects helps preserve and protect sensitive lands from development by utilizing existing infrastructure. This in turn, protects
environmental assets throughout all watersheds by not removing or manipulating
existing assets that assist in storm water runoff.
G29. Explain local land use or comprehensive plans: KCATA has conducted a Comprehensive Service Analysis (CSA). This CSA provided a
comprehensive evaluation to determine how to provide better transit throughout
the region including the purchase of cleaner, more efficient transit vehicles. The project also supports the transportation objectives of the RTCC, JCT, UG and
KCATAs capital investment and strategic plans.
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 3000  (Thousands of $)
CMAQ Match amount: 750  (Thousands of $)
CMAQ Year requested: 2021
STP Federal amount: 5000  (Thousands of $)
STP Match amount: 1250  (Thousands of $)
STP 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. The other funding partners will provide the local match from their capital and operating budgets. Johnson County, Kansas Operating Budget Unified Government- Kansas Toll Revenue Credit
Explain: This project financing supports Transportation 2040-5.6.5-Financial Strategies: KCATA, JCT and UG are pursuing new federal funding for bus system enhancements and continue to seek CMAQ and STP funds to support capital improvements such as the purchase of the CNG, clean diesel and propane buses replacements included in the application.
Scope Change: KCATA, Johnson County and UG will purchase as many vehicles as the approved grant allows.
Cost Breakdown:
Highway:   %
Transit: 100  %
Bike:   %
Pedestrian:   %
Other:   %

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