About metropolitan transportation planning
Transportation is part of our experience every day. It connects us to jobs, families, entertainment, the things we buy and other basic needs. It enables us to have a high quality of life. The transportation system is made up of many pieces that work together to move people and goods around and through the metro area — including vehicles, roadways, bridges, sidewalks, rivers, railways and traffic signals.
What is a Metropolitan Transportation Plan?
The Metropolitan Transportation Plan serves as a blueprint for managing the region’s transportation system. Required by the federal government, this plan identifies transportation improvements for the next 20 to 30 years. For the Kansas City region, the MTP is Transportation Outlook 2040.
Some considerations of the plan are:
- Projected population growth.
- Maintenance of transportation facilities.
- Quality of life.
- Preserving the human and natural environment.
- Current and future transportation needs (air, bicycle, bus, pedestrian, rail, roads, water and others.)
The plan identifies needs and budget federal transportation funds that the metro area expects to receive
over the next three decades. It contains:
- Vision: a long-term vision for the region’s transportation system.
- Goals and strategies: what the region wants to achieve by the year 2040 and how we plan to do it.
- Transportation projects: major regional transportation investments that help accomplish goals.
About Kansas City's Transportation Outlook 2040
As the Kansas City region’s federally designated metropolitan planning organization, the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) is required to develop and maintain a long-range metropolitan transportation plan for federal transportation investments over a 25-year plan horizon.
Transportation Outlook 2040 will guide an estimated $33.1 billion in multimodal investments in the bistate region over the next 25 years. For nearly two years, MARC committees and staff worked with local government planners, elected officials, regional stakeholders and the public to update the plan.
The Transportation Outlook 2040 update is built on an updated framework for a more vibrant, connected and green region. It includes a much more constrained financial forecast than past plans, anticipating that local governments will need to play a greater role in providing regional facilities and services as federal and state budgets tighten. The plan promotes mixed-use and centers-and-corridors development strategies, projects moderate growth in regional population and employment over the next two decades, and includes a list of priority projects.
The preparation of this report is financed in part with funding from United States Department of Transportation (USDOT), administered by the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) and the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT). The opinions, findings and conclusions expressed in this publication are those of the authors and not necessarily those of USDOT, KDOT and MoDOT.