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Plans & Studies

Plans and studies help guide the policies for the Kansas City region

Study researching impact of MAX buses

Work began in 2016 to understand what the impacts of bus rapid transit have been along the Main Street MAX and Troost MAX corridors. There has been a significant amount of national research on the benefits of light rail, commuter rail and streetcar but very little research on the benefits of bus rapid transit.

A variety of variables including demographics, average rents, lease rates, and urban form to name a few, will be examined to understand what has changed since the service began in each corridor. The analysis will assist in understanding the development stage of the various segments of any corridor and identify if public and/or private investment could catalyze further development.

The study is to be completed in 2017. The results will then be integrated with the Smart Moves 3.0 plan to assist communities in the future development of mobility hubs to best address a communities needs and to assist in illuminating and maximizing the benefits of transit oriented development. The study is a partnership between KCATA, City of Kansas City, Mo., City of Independence, Mo., Unified Government, Johnson County, Kan. and MARC.

Update to Regional Aviation System Plan

With Federal Aviation Administration funding, the Mid-America Regional Council, Kansas Department of Transportation, and Missouri Department of Transportation updated the Regional Aviation System Plan (RASP) for Greater Kansas City. The study focused on 13 general aviation airports that serve MARC’s nine-county jurisdictional area.

Findings and conclusions from the system plan feed into state aviation system plans for both Kansas and Missouri when these plans are next updated.

What's the recipe for the Transportation Improvement Program or TIP?


Transportation projects are developed by the Missouri Department of Transportation, the Kansas Department of Transportation, local governments and area transit providers for inclusion in the TIP. The TIP contains all major surface transportation projects planned to receive federal, state and local funding within the metro area that will be carried out in the next five years. Amendments to the TIP are made quarterly, with special amendments as needed.