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To the right, you can find a summary document of your input so far on issues related to transportation in Kansas City. If you would like to add additional ideas, or react to some of the ideas you see in the summary, please provide your thoughts in the discussion forums (links below).

Below are discussion forums on the transportation issues you have provided input on so far. This page will be updated as needed throughout the comprehensive plan update process.

To the right, you can find a summary document of your input so far on issues related to transportation in Kansas City. If you would like to add additional ideas, or react to some of the ideas you see in the summary, please provide your thoughts in the discussion forums (links below).

Below are discussion forums on the transportation issues you have provided input on so far. This page will be updated as needed throughout the comprehensive plan update process.

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  • Networks

    6 months ago
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    Here's a summary of what we've heard so far on the Kansas City's transportation networks: 

    • Overall Network
      • Create a fast, extensive, efficient, convenient, safe, attractive, environmentally friendly transportation network for people with all levels of physical ability, at all income levels, using all desired modes of travel
      • Address auto travel (including trucks, vans, SUVs), alternative motorized travel, and non-motorized travel
      • Support carpooling, ride sharing, car rental, good delivery, goods pick-up, and work-at-home alternatives for those preferring to reduce driving or to say, or do more, at home
    • Between Modes
      • Provide better connections (e.g. park-and-rides) between auto transportation and alternative modes
      • Make it easier to connect and transfer between alternative modes, such as between walking or biking and transit
      • Create faster, easier connections to KCI
    • Between Areas
      • Ease transportation between neighborhoods and across the City
      • Make transportation more convenient within Downtown and between Downtown and toher areas
      • Improve east to west travel 
    • Complete Streets
      • Create complete streets whose auto transportation role is balanced with other transportation modes, greenery, human amenities, and features that enhance neighborhood livability
    • Environmental Protection
      • Limit developmental sprawl to reduce the distances that would needed to be traveled
      • Create more mixed us development to allow closer access to varying types of destinations
      • Encourage the use of vehicles which pollute less and reduce the use of fossil fuels
      • Provide a wider network of electric charging stations
      • Support options which reduce use of motorized vehicles, such as walking, biking, or working from home

    Is there an important issue related to transportation networks missing? Do you have some ideas on how to address these issues? Let's talk about it! Leave a comment below.

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  • Diverging Views on Auto Transportation

    6 months ago
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    Here's a summary of what we've heard so far on the diverging views of auto transportation issues: 

    • Vehicles
      • Continue to make Kansas City a place where it is exceptionally easy to get around by car
      • While at the same time...
      • Encourage smaller, more fuel-efficient cars and provide good alternative transportation for those without cars and encouragement/incentives to use it
    • Innovations
      • Create systems supporting electric cars, self-driving cars, and shared vehicles
      • While at the same time...
      • Create more opportunities to travel with bus rapid transit (MAX), streetcar lines, and light rail lines
    • Development Form
      • Serve the lifestyle choice of spread out, almost entirely residential neighborhoods with convenient connections by car to other uses
      • While at the same time...
      • Create denser developments with mixed uses easily reached by walking or bike, and transit nodes connected by corridors of development
    • Roads
      • Continue to provide a fast, extensive easily accessible street and highway system and monitor it to recognize and address changing needs for capacity through extension, widening, and the removal of underused bike lanes
      • Versus...
      • Stop expensive and unnecessary construction or widening of roads, implement road diets, and possibly go as far as replacing Downtown interstates with train tracks for commuter rail
    • Right-of-Way Sharing
      • Allow cars to operate free from the hazards and obstacles to traffic movement caused by bikes and transit vehicles
      • Versus...
      • When separate paths are not available, design and regulate streets so that the needs of all modes of transportation are balanced
    • Road Maintenance
      • Spend more on street resurfacing, fixing potholes, repairing bridges and overpasses, nd other road maintenance, not only for safety and convenience, but also to improve the image of the City
      • Versus...
      • Spend less on road maintenance and use the funding for alternative transportation or other purposes
    • Parking
      • Relive congestion, inconvenience, and stress by providing parking spaces to meet all existing or proposed demand
      • Versus...
      • Reduce provision/requirement of financially wasteful, unsightly, environmentally unfriendly parking; transform parking spaces to accommodate compact cars; and apply the unused space and money to create more vibrant, livable, affordable neighborhoods

    Is there an important viewpoint missing? What side of these discussions do you fall on? Do you have any solutions to propose? Let's talk about it! Leave a comment below.

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  • Traffic Management

    6 months ago
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    Here's a summary of what we've heard so far on the issue of traffic management: 

    • Traffic Lights
      • Synchronize traffic lights, especially during rush hour, and particularly Downtown
      • Improve traffic lights to use quick acting sensors
      • Better maintain traffic lights
      • Program traffic lights with more pedestrian friendly features and settings
      • Improve safety on Bruce Watkins Roadway by replacing the traffic lights with overpasses
    • Speeds
      • Reduce Speed limits in the Urban Core
      • Provide traffic calming features
    • Street Assignment
      • Remove traffic and some parking from curb lanes to allow easy drop-off from modes growing in popularity
      • Get rid of one-way streets or, conversely, create more of them, particularly Downtown
      • Add more inside turn lanes, particularly along N Oak
    • Street Management
      • Sweep streets to remove dangerous and unsightly trash, grit, sand, and glass, which is especially hazardous for cyclists 
      • Reduce flooding on streets
    • Street Lighting 
      • Create and maintain good lighting
    • Signage
      • Improve the amount and clarity of signage for traffic control and wayfinding

    Is there an important traffic management issue missing? Do you have some ideas on how to address these issues? Let's talk about it! Leave a comment below.

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  • Alternative Motorized Transportation

    6 months ago
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    Here's a summary of what we've heard so far on issues around alternative motorized transportation: 

    • Public Transit
      • Make transit more extensive, accessible, frequent, reliable, safe, clean, and amenable
      • Clear now and provide amenities at transit stops
      • Minimize the need to transfer between vehicles
      • Attract more transit users, including visitors to the City, through better design, more information about it, and making it easier to use
      • Improve the visibility of posted schedules
      • Create convenient lines to the stadiums, airports, outlying areas, and suburubs
      • Unify, or better coordinate, the separate systems within the metro area reagarding transfers, schedules, fares (e.g. a universal pass), and a central hub
      • During the pandemic, make it safer to be in transit vehicles
    • Buses
      • Increase coverage and efficiency of bus lines, or, conversely, add more bus stops
      • Prioritize neighborhoods that have high rates of zero vehicle households and connect them to employment centers, health care, and grocery stores
      • Increase frequency and expand weekend and night service
      • Consider having small circulator routes
      • Develop more bus rapid transit
      • Inform riders more effectively when routes are temporarily changed due to construction, accidents, etc.
      • Use electric buses
    • Streetcars
      • Extend the current streetcar line, especially to the Plaza and possibly to I-435, Johnson County, KCO, Liberty, or destinations short of those
      • Add cars to the current streetcar line for greater capacity and frequency
      • Create new lines, possibly east-west lines or lines fed into by commuter rail
      • Locate new lines on separate rights-of-way from car traffic
    • Local Rail
      • Consider developing a light rail, subway, elevated train, or commuter rail system
      • Consider developing light rail or commuter rail to outlying parts of the City, cities throughout the metro area, or along the I-435 loop
    • Transit Costs
      • Make public transit affordable to all income levels, and consider making it free
      • Provide adequate public funding
      • Involve states and other cities in funding and development
    • Paratransit
      • Ensure that needs are met by systems of taxis, transportation networking companies (e.g. Uber), and other forms of paratransit
      • Convert to electric taxis
    • Motorized Scooters
      • Better regulate where and how fast motorized scooters can travel 
    • Intercity Transportation
      • Create efficient, inexpensive travel to other cities by air and rail

    Is there an issue related to alternative motorized transportation that is missing? Do you have some ideas on how to address these issues? Let's talk about it! Leave a comment below.

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  • Non-Motorized Transportation

    6 months ago
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    Here's a summary of what we've heard so far on non-motorized transportation:

    • Walkable Areas
      • Create walkable neighborhoods for people of all types, where stores, services, facilities, and amenities visited frequently can be reached conveniently on foot
      • Provide walkable connections to adjacent neighborhoods
      • Create pedestrian-only areas, either occasionally or on a permanent basis, particularly in Downtown, in shopping areas and, in entertainment areas
    • Pedestrian Infrastructure
      • Provide a more complete, connected system of curbs, sidewalks, and crosswalks, partly by requiring developers to provide them
      • Widen sidewalks where pedestrian traffic is heavy
      • Repair or replace deteriorated curbs and sidewalks
      • Where there are no sidewalks, at least make walking safer, including reducing hazardous ditches
      • Make street crossings and traffic light settings more pedestrian friendly
      • Supply walkways with good lighting, benches, public art, and native plantings
      • Provide skywalks, underground passageways, and shade from trees or buildings to protect from unpleasant weather
      • Make spaces under highway overpasses into pedestrian/bike thoroughfares
    • Bikes & Scooters
      • Make jobs, education, healthcare, retail, parks, libraries, and other amenities safely reachable by bike/scooter through infrastructure design and construction, regulations, and land use planning
      • Expand citywide a system of dedicated bike/scooter lanes and paths, preferably ones which are totally separated from conflicting modes
      • Provide bike share facilities and bike/scooter parking where there is a desire for it
      • Enhance recreational biking with bike parks, a path along the Missouri River, and opportunities for mountain biking
      • Implement the Bike Plan, at least gradually, while giving due respect to existing neighborhoods and traffic patterns
    • Trails
      • Extend existing rails for walking and biking
      • Create a more connected system of trails
      • Improve the quality of nature trails for walking and biking

    Is there an important non-motorized transportation issue missing? Do you have some ideas on how to address these issues? Let's talk about it! Leave a comment below.

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