Rails-to-Trails provides great guidance for the Region

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s September 2013 report titled America’s Rails-with-Trails Report (http://www.railstotrails.org/resourcehandler.ashx?id=2982) provides helpful information in understanding transportation networks with both multi-purpose trails and active rail lines. The report includes examples and characteristics of rails-with-trails projects and when the report was released, it identified 161 rails-with-trails projects across 41 states with more than 50 such projects in…

Authority Decides on Downtown Streetcar Colors

The Kansas City Streetcar Authority, charged with developing and overseeing the streetcar project in downtown Kansas City, has recently decided on a color design for its vehicles. Pictured here, the approved design calls for a clean and sophisticated color palate, including white and platinum. The color choice was presented by Willoughby Design, a consultant hired…

Kansas City Streetcar CAF

Streetcar Expansion Moves Foward

The streetcar passed two of many hurdles today. A joint committee of the Kansas City Council’s Transportation and Infrastructure and its Planning, Zoning and Economic Development committees gave its blessing to a plan to extend the downtown starter line. A consultant team presented its results and recommendations, covering the study of half a dozen corridors…

Kansas City Streetcar CAF

Phase II Streetcar Expansion Advances

Ever since the downtown streetcar line was approved, advocates and elected leaders have been working hard to expand the 2.2 mile system. Yesterday was a major step forward in bringing the streetcar to more neighborhoods in Kansas City. A consultant team has been hard at work studying the best potential routes for expansion. This team…

Regional Rail Jackson County

Like Everything Else, Transit is Big in Texas

We recently had the privilege to spend some time riding the rails and walking the trails down in Texas. Specifically, we visited Dallas and Austin. These two metro areas have really robust transportation systems. If you have ever been to Dallas, you can attest to the monster interchanges and 10-lane highways. But if you look…

Music City Star Commuter Rail

Nashville Transit Free This Friday

Getting people to try transit can be difficult sometimes, especially during the holidays when everyone is running around shopping, visiting, and the like. That’s why transit agencies in Nashville, TN are making transit free this Black Friday. Nashville area residents will be able to board and ride commuter rail, express buses, and local buses to…

Kansas City Streetcar CAF

Streetcar Study Focuses on Four Corridors

This Monday, a group of transit and engineering consultants narrowed the list of future streetcar extensions from eight to four. The preliminary recommendation was based on a point scale that rated possible routes according to measures such as ridership, economic development potential, communtiy support, and connectivity with existing bus routes. The recommendation was shaped by a citizens advisory…

Jackson County Transit Plan

Leaders Continue Moving Transit Forward

Although plans for bringing commuter rail, bus rapid transit, and trails were slowed earlier this year, local leaders continue stressing the importance of transit to our community and the work that is being done to mke it a reality for Jackson County. The Examiner reports below on Jackson County leaders and their continued efforts for…

Regional Multimodal Transit

Multimodal Is The Way To Go

“My generation is more willing to use public transit and alternative transportation to have less effect on the environment, save money, and to be more engaged with their community“ The American Public Transportation Association recently released a study asking Millennials, those ages 18 to 34, how they preferred to travel. The study, Millennials and Mobility, reached…

KCATA MAX BRT

MAX Bus Rapid Transit Closer to Prospect Avenue

Prospect Avenue is one of the busiest transit corridors in the metro region, with over 6,000 boardings a day. This, along with the need for improved infrastructure, has prompted leaders to begin formally investigating the potential for MAX service along Prospect Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri. The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority is working with local governments…