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Smart Moves 3.0 Transit Plan

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The RideKC Smart Moves 3.0 Regional Transit Plan will serve as an update to Smart Moves, the Kansas City region’s current long-range transit plan, and will expand on its scope.

Work on this new plan began in the spring of 2015 as a collaboration among MARC and the region’s RideKC transit providers — the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA), Unified Government Transit (UGT), Johnson County, the city of Independence and the Kansas City Streetcar Authority. The Smart Moves 3.0 Plan will paint a long-term vision for transit and include a blueprint for how to achieve this vision through an integrated package of investments designed to make transit a real choice for our region’s residents and visitors. Additionally, this new plan will include a specific short-range implementation plan that will help our region double the number of jobs accessible by transit in the region.

Last summer, transit planners working on the plan asked area residents how transit could better serve their communities. They heard several common themes through a series of public meetings, pop-up engagements and surveys. Residents want better connections to jobs, particularly in suburban areas. This could be achieved by increasing service hours on evenings and weekends, making transfers easier and connecting riders to other types of transportation services.

MARC and the RideKC transit agency partners have taken this feedback into consideration while creating Smart Moves 3.0, a plan that will guide system development during the next 20 years.

Smart Moves 3.0:

  • Focuses on more frequent service on key corridors.
  • Creates a network of mobility hubs where transit and on-demand mobility services connect and could attract new development.
  • Delivers new innovations in mobility.
  • Enables placemaking and vibrant communities.

Goals for the plan update

  • Develop strategies to double the number of jobs accessible by transit in 10 years.
  • Address land-use and growth challenges that impact the ability to provide transportation choices.
  • Create strategies and guidelines for better connection of transit to other modes of travel.
  • Develop policies and strategies to generate transit-supportive and transit-oriented development.
  • Engage a broad set of stakeholders, including those most impacted by transit access.
  • Create an implementation and funding strategy supported by the public and community leaders.

Get involved in the RideKC Regional Transit Plan process

There are many ways for you or your organization to get involved in the process, learn about the project and provide input.

  • Sign up to receive project updates by email or newsletter.
  • Request a presentation for your organization.
  • Host a MARC-facilitated discussion about transit services for your customers, employees or others.
  • Participate in public meetings during the process.

Project leader

Karen Clawson
Mid-America Regional Council