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About Plans and Studies

As the MPO for the Kansas City region, MARC is responsible for developing and maintaining  key products of the metropolitan planning process.

Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP)

Plan covers a 30-year period and is updated every 5 years.

The MTP directs the transportation decision-making process in ways that help achieve regional goals. The plan, Transportation Outlook 2040, serves as a blueprint for the management of the region’s transportation system through the year 2040. It describes the current and evolving surface transportation needs of the metropolitan area and broadly categorizes transportation investments ranging from road and transit improvements to projects that enhance bike, pedestrian and freight movement.

Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP)

The TIP is developed by MARC in cooperation with Kansas (KDOT) and Missouri (MoDOT) departments of transportation, local governments and public transportation agencies. Under federal law, the TIP must:
  • Cover a period of no less than four years. 
  • Be updated at least every four years.
  • Be approved by the MPO and the governors of Kansas and Missouri.
  • Be consistent with the approved metropolitan transportation plan.
  • Conform with the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for air quality, if the region is designated a non-attainment or maintenance area.
  • Demonstrate that proposed transportation investments are financially realistic and achievable.
  • List all federally funded and regionally significant projects regardless of funding source.
  • Cover all modes of travel.

Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)

Plan covers one fiscal year and is updated annually.

The UPWP describes the transportation planning activities MARC and other agencies propose to undertake during the next fiscal year. The UPWP promotes a unified regional approach to transportation planning in order to achieve regional goals and objectives. It serves to document the proposed expenditures of federal, state and local transportation planning funds, and provides a management tool for MARC and funding agencies in scheduling major transportation planning activities, milestones and products. 

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)

Plan covers is updated every three years and updated as needed.

MARC's policy encourages all qualified businesses to actively participate in the procurement of all MARC-sponsored contracts. MARC does not discriminate based on race, color, sex, national origin, age, military status or disability. The DBE  program was created in accordance with regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation 49 CFR, part 26, with goals to:

  • Ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of USDOT-assisted contracts;
  • Create a level playing field on which DBEs can compete fairly for USDOT-assisted contracts;
  • Maintain narrowly tailored guideline in accordance with applicable law;
  • Verify that only firms that fully meet 49 CFR, part 26 eligibility standards are permitted to participate as DBEs;
  • Help eliminate barriers of participation of DBEs in USDOT-assisted contracts;
  • Assist the development of firms that can compete successfully in the outside of the DBE program.

Public Participation Plan (PPP)

Plan is updated every three years.

It is MARC’s goal to have a significant, ongoing public participation process that ensures early and continuous involvement in all major transportation decisions. The Public Participation Plan provides a framework that guides public involvement in MARC’s transportation planning projects and specifies goals,strategies and techniques that encourage successful public participation. 
MARC uses a range of public involvement strategies throughout the development of its core transportation plans. The plan sets a consistent standard across different planning efforts, but recognizes that strategies may vary by project. Early engagement and continuous participation are important goals that merit consideration in all transportation planning processes.