Maximize mobility and access to opportunity for all area residents
Being able to access goods, services and destinations is influenced by many factors, including the range and quality of travel options, how well the system is connected, and how easy it is to move between where we live, work and play.
Currently, 17% of adults in the metro region don't own a car, the population aged 65 and over will nearly double in the next 20 years, and transit service meets less than half the demand for people with disabilities.
1. Eliminate barriers to transportation.
Mobility for all
Work with local stakeholders to develop a senior mobility plan that outlines expanded, coordinated and accessible transportation services for seniors.
2. Fund expanded bicycle and pedestrian facilities and networks.
Regional Bikeway System
Develop regional bikeway system to plan and fund major bicycle and pedestrian facilities, such as bike lanes and sidewalks.
3. Integrate transportation and land-use planning.
Linking our streets
Designing grid-like street networks with multiple routes and connections serving the same origins and destinations provides better access and options to travelers.
4. Expand regional transit service.
Smart Moves is metro Kansas City's vision for expanded and enhanced regional transit service.
"Improve transportation options to help older, disabled people stay in their own homes and be more self-sufficient."
"Trails and bike lanes create a sense of community and provide options for bike use as a mode and not just recreational."
"Transportation is a top barrier to employment. Expanding options for low-income and minority neighborhoods would be great."
"Add connector streets and infill streets in already incorporated areas."
"Train and bus systems go together in order to build regionally integrated transportation."
- Level of Transit Service
- Environmental Justice
- Existing growth patterns in certain areas of the region make providing a wide range of mobility choices difficult and costly.
- Geographic disconnects between housing and employment limit current transportation options in many areas.
- Mobility options are only as good as the physical access to those options — poor sidewalk conditions, information deficiencies, lack of curb cuts, etc. can limit accessibility.
- Current plans and past practice have been centered on capacity expansion and performance of our street and highway network. A "mode-neutral" philosophy, when compared to past practice, may raise questions.