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Funding programs make an impact on the progress of our region

2016–2020 Transportation Improvement Program

The Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) documents how the Kansas City region prioritizes the limited transportation resources available among the various needs of the region. It includes a staged, five-year list of surface transportation projects proposed for federal, state and local funding within the metropolitan area. Inclusion in the TIP represents a major milestone in the project development process that enables a project to receive and expend federal funds.

MARC, in partnership with key area stakeholders, designed the Guide to Transportation Decision Making to help area residents understand the complex process of transportation decision making and learn how they can more effectively provide input. It describes MARC's role in the process, as well as the roles of federal, state and local governments. Updated in 2011.

$84.4 million in federal funds awarded to local transportation projects

MARC's Board of Directors 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.

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.