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Connected KC 2050 will impact all of MARC’s future transportation planning work. Here are highlights of what we will focus on in the next five years.

Near-term next steps

Other MARC planning processes

We will seek to implement plan recommendations in our recurring updates of the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and the Unified Planning Work Program

We will update data in the Coordinated Public Transit–Human Services Transportation Plan to align with the data time frames in Connected KC 2050.

Funding programming processes

We will seek to advance goals stated in Connected KC 2050 through funding allocations in these programs:

  • Destination Safe funds for safety education and enforcement programs.
  • FTA Section 5310 funds for projects that enhance mobility of seniors and individuals with disabilities 
  • Planning Sustainable Places funds that advance detailed local planning and project development activities that further the creation of vibrant, connected and green places
  • Various regional suballocated funds such as Surface Transportation Block Grant program (STP), Surface Transportation Block Grant program-Set Aside (TAP) and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ)
  • Other transportation funding programs which may be administered through MARC or included in the TIP or UPWP.

Federal and state legislative agendas

MARC will work with area legislators and other federal and state officials to promote sustainable funding for regional multi-modal transportation needs and priorities identified in this plan.

Complete streets network assessment

MARC conducted its last update of the Complete Streets policy in 2015. A Complete Streets handbook was produced in 2018. Several communities in our region have begun efforts to implement and enhance their roadways to advance complete streets elements.

We will conduct an assessment that would help answer the following questions:

  • How complete are our streets?
  • Are all complete streets equal? Is there a ranking that can be developed for street completeness?
  • Where are we doing well and where are we not? What lessons have we learned and what do we do to get to the next level of system improvements?

Climate mitigation and adaptation

MARC is supporting climate action on several fronts.  In partnership with Climate Action KC, we created a Climate Action KC Playbook. Development of a baseline greenhouse gas emission inventory and climate risk and vulnerability assessment are currently underway.

We anticipate the completion of the Regional Climate Action Plan by the end of 2020.  This plan will establish implementable strategies to address adaptation and mitigation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Invest in transit

The SmartMoves Transit and Mobility Plan for the region was completed in 2017.  SmartMoves included five-year investment strategies. Working with our partners, MARC will conduct an assessment to determine how much progress has been made on implementing these strategies and develop short-term investable strategies to inform regional funding discussions.

Mid-range next steps

Performance measures and additional target setting

We will continue to evaluate performance measures and set targets for those that don’t have them. Additionally, we will work with our various committees and stakeholders to draft new performance measures that better track the progress of the goals and implementation of strategies within this plan. 

We will explore:

  • Forecasting tools that allow us to examine a mix of projects and their anticipated effect on performance measures.
  • Ways to more directly link performance measures to our programming activity for FHWA funds.
  • Ways to more directly link performance measures to U.S. Department of Transportation regional project prioritization decision making processes.

Air quality and climate protection

  • MARC will pursue detailed air quality analysis to help target policies and pollution controls.
  • We will pursue a regional fleet study focused on vulnerable communities that are more highly impacted by poor air quality due to older vehicles in the fleet.
  • We will seek to further develop zero-emission mobility concepts in vulnerable communities.
  • We will update the Clean Air Action Plan will by 2023.

Land use and transit-oriented development

  • We will continue to facilitate integrated land use, transportation and environmental planning in areas with significant pedestrian activity and transit services.
  • We will seek to advance transit-oriented development (TOD) policies elsewhere in the region.
  • We will seek to understand issues around managing space along the urban curbside for different users (parking, freight deliveries, transportation network companies pick-ups/drop-offs, etc.) and assist cities with the knowledge to manage their curbs effectively.

Safety

We will update the Transportation Safety Blueprint by 2022.

  • We will expand efforts to diminish distracted driving.
  • We will support Vision Zero policy and education efforts as well as local and regional laws or ordinances.
  • We will focus intervention efforts on locations with the most severe crash types. For example — intersections and highways.

We will explore these additional areas of study:

  • How can we compare data and programs to other states or regions experiencing improved outcomes?
  • Are there behavior change studies that can be used to help address poor driving behavior? 

Freight

MARC will develop a freight planning study that will provide the current state and relative future of regional freight movement. The study will develop a proactive planning process that attempts to predict future of freight movement and its impact on the region; the plan will support that predicted future. The process will easily integrate into local, regional, statewide and national freight planning processes. It will be developed to be harmonious with an agency’s planning and project selection processes, allowing agencies an opportunity to identify, select and prioritize local, regional, state and national multimodal freight projects.

Long-range next steps

Collaborate with state departments of transportation

We will develop methodology to further align project prioritization and decision-making processes by state departments of transportation with regional goals and priorities. 

  • Focus on system preservation.
  • Broaden access to opportunities.
  • Expand transit services and bike and pedestrian infrastructure.
  • Pursue climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies through project prioritization.
  • Consider and elevate transportation demand management strategies on major congested and unreliable highway corridors.

Revenue and future investments

  • Identify revenue-generating potential from various sources.
  • Consider and explore pilot vehicle miles traveled study.

Green infrastructure and water quality

Evaluate application of green infrastructure and water quality protection measures associated with transportation system facilities, including integrating watershed-scale restoration strategies with transportation system planning, design and management.

Automated vehicles planning work

  • We have completed an automated vehicle whitepaper and identified strategies to pursue.
  • We will seek to update the Autonomous Vehicle Framework by setting goals, targets and establish strategies.   

Intercity travel

MARC will consider other intercity travel options as relevant studies advance:

  • Hyperloop
  • Amtrak Northern Flyer rail connection to Oklahoma City and Dallas.

Travel demand modeling

  • We will develop a more advanced travel demand model that would be an activity-based model. Ideally, it will be able to produce more model outputs such as bike and pedestrian activity, greenhouse gas emissions, etc.
  • We will develop a work plan for central modeling support for regional partners.   

Future corridor studies

Missouri

  • Interstate 35
  • Interstate 29
  • M-152
  • US-71/BRWD
  • I-70/US-40 ICM

Kansas

  • US-69

Bi-state

  • Managed lane network 
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