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Regional Projects

The Green Impact Zone

The Green Impact Zone is a 150-block area in the Kansas City, Mo., urban core that has been devastated over the years by high rates of poverty and violence, high levels of unemployment and crime, and high concentrations of vacant and abandoned properties. For that reason, local and regional leaders have endorsed the idea of targeting resources in this area to jump-start its economic recovery and community revitalization by connecting a range of stimulus-funded programs. TIGER is one of many federal programs investing in this area.

Much of the transportation infrastructure in the Green Impact Zone is in poor condition and does not meet current engineering standards. Having a transportation system in disrepair contributes to the problem of declining neighborhoods and employment centers.

Planned Projects TIGER funds will be used to rehabilitate the infrastructure in the Green Impact Zone by focusing on the following projects:
  • Better transit-stop amenities.
    • Improvements may include: shelters, benches, real-time signs, bus pull-outs and pads, sidewalks, and solar lighting.
  • Traffic-signal improvements.
    • Interconnect and synchronize traffic-signals.
    • Replace outdated poles and controllers with modern equipment.
  • Arterial street resurfacing and sidewalk replacement.
    • Resurface at least three miles of major roads.
    • Replace broken sidewalks, curbs and driveway approaches along major streets.
  • Troost Avenue pedestrian bridge.
    • Build a pedestrian bridge under the Troost Avenue Bridge.
  • Neighborhood improvements.
    • Replace broken sidewalks, curbs and driveway approaches in select neighborhoods.
    • Repave select residential neighborhood roads.
Specific details about the project can be found in the draft scope documents and in the Green Impact Zone TIGER presentation.

View progress in the Green Impact Zone


Metcal Avenue/Shawnee Mission Parkway Corridor


The Metcalf/Shawnee Mission Parkway corridor received $10.7 million of a $50 million regional TIGER grant. These funds will be used to finance transit improvements along Metcalf Avenue and Shawnee Mission Parkway, which is an urban corridor network that is identified in the Smart Moves transit vision. The project will include: eighteen transit stations; two park-and-ride facilities; pedestrian access improvements along Metcalf Avenue from 87th Street to College Boulevard; pedestrian access improvements at Broadmoor and Martway; a transit signal priority system which will improve bus movement, timing and efficiency; and a transit center adjacent to Mission’s downtown.

Investments at park-and-ride lots will include monument signage, kiosks with route and schedule information, and digital displays of real-time, next-bus arrival information.

The traffic-signal priority system will improve bus movement, timing and efficiency.

The Mission Transit Center will be located adjacent to Mission’s downtown area. It will support existing transit service as well as planned enhanced service, and future local bus service.

A pedestrian corridor, located along Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park, will connect four of the enhanced stations. Amenities include sidewalks, crosswalks, bike-hike trails, and landscaping. Pedestrian and roadway improvements in the City of Mission, Kan. will be made at Martway and Broadmoor in the area of the Transit Station.

These infrastructure improvements, financed through TIGER, will make transit service more attractive to customers who currently use the bus; attract people who do not yet use transit; and connect transit to where people work and shop.

Specific details about the project are in the draft scope documents.

Resources:

Johnson County Transit TIGER Web page

City of Mission: Metcalf Avenue/Shawnee Mission Parkway Transit Improvements

City of Overland Park:Metcalf Avenue/Shawnee Mission Parkway Transit Corridor

Fact Sheet (January 2012)


Missouri Transit Corridor

Approximately $1.42 million in TIGER funds will be used for Missouri corridors transit improvements (North Oak Trafficway and U.S. 24 and U.S. 40 corridors in eastern Jackson County). The project consists of improving bus stops and increasing pedestrian access to and from these bus stops.

The bus-stop improvements generally consist of a concrete pad in the street, where warranted, and a concrete pad at the back of the curb that forms the passenger waiting area and provides for passenger amenities. The amenities — shelters, signs, benches, etc. — will vary depending on the needs at each location.

Pedestrian connection improvements will also be made to provide better access to bus stops in certain corridors. These will consist of new sidewalks and, where necessary, ADA curb-ramp installations. The specific locations for each of these transit stop and pedestrian improvements as well as the detailed list of amenities at each location are in the draft scope documents.


State Avenue Transit Corridor 

A total of $10.5 million of the $50 million TIGER grant awarded to the Kansas City region was allocated to the State Avenue corridor. TIGER grant funds in the east-west State Avenue corridor in Kansas City, Kan., will support existing transit services through improved stops, shelters, pedestrian connections and building two new transit centers.

The two new transit centers for the State Avenue corridor will be located at the corner of 7th Street and Minnesota Avenue and at the corner of 47th Street and State Avenue. These facilities will bring dedicated transit centers to downtown Kansas City, Kan. to facilitate transit connections and transfers.

The enhanced transit stations will have improved passenger waiting areas with high-quality finishes, and will be site adapted to fit each location.

Pedestrian improvements will be made to connect transit stations to the community and will include sidewalks and ADA compliant curb ramps where needed throughout the corridor.

Specific details about the project are in the draft scope documents.

See KCATA project website
See Unified Government project website