Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders stressed the need for long-term planning, while Shawn Dikes, a project manager, gave a short presentation on the Alternatives Analysis process.
The public was given an opportunity to view several transit options under consideration.
To gauge where mass transit service may be needed, meeting organizers asked members of the public to use color-coded pins to indicate on a map where they live, where they work and where they "play."
Kansas City Area Transportation Authority Chief Engineer Dick Jarrold points out where potential regional rail lines would provide service.
||OCTOBER 5, 2011 -- The public's input was sought last week regarding future mass transit options along the Interstate 70 and Rock Island corridors in eastern Jackson County during three meetings conducted by the Jackson County Commuter Corridors Alternative Analysis Project Partnership Team.
Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders stressed the need to develop mass transportation for the long-term benefit of the region. "Let's start thinking and planning generationally," he said at the first of the three meetings held September 27 at the Ennovation Center in Independence. Also attending that meeting were Independence Mayor Don Reimal and Shawn Dikes, a consultant with Parsons Brinckerhoff.
Dikes gave two brief presentations to explain the Alternatives Analysis study, which is a requirement of the federal funding application process for transit projects.
The other public meetings were held September 28 at the Mid-Continent Public Library in Raytown and September 29 at Union Station in Kansas City.
At each of the meetings, members of the public were able to gather information about several transit options under consideration, including regional rail, express buses, bus rapid transit routes and streetcars. More information is available at the Mid-America Regional Council's Smart Moves website.
The open houses were hosted by the Jackson County Commuter Corridors Alternatives Analysis Project Partnership Team:
Regional rail is one of several options being studied by the Alternatives Analysis Partnership Team.