MARC's Role and the Transportation Process
The purpose of an MPO
MARC is the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for the bistate Kansas City region. Federal highway and transit statutes require urbanized areas greater than 50,000 in population to designate MPOs as a condition for spending federal highway or transit funds.
The basics of transportation decision making
Transportation planning is the process of identifying transportation problems and looking for solutions to those problems. MARC works with federal and local governments, state departments of transportation, transit agencies, area stakeholders and the public to ensure that the plans and projects developed help move the region toward the goal of achieving a rising quality of life for everyone. Transportation planners look at different transportation alternatives and work with the public to select those that make the most sense based on the long-term goals for the region.
Roles and Responsibilities Memorandum of Understanding (1.6MB, pdf)
The public's role
Without the public's input and ideas, state and local planners cannot have a true understanding of a community’s needs. MARC’s goal is to have significant and ongoing public involvement in the transportation planning process. A period for public comment is provided for the updates and major amendments to all of the primary transportation planning projects for which MARC is responsible (Unified Planning Work Program, Long-Range Transportation Plan and Transportation Improvement Program).
To follow the latest developments, citizens can:
See MARC's Public Participation Plan
MARC's committees provides an opportunity for local governments and citizens to interact in addressing transportation and air quality issues. Committees help establish funding priorities and strategies for managing the region’s transportation system.
MARC conducts studies
on issues such as congested corridors and future transit possibilities
in order to understand transportation needs and relationships in the Kansas
City region. Studies take into consideration land-use, environmental,
social and other impacts on the community.
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