KANSAS CITY, MO – The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced today that Jackson County, in coordination with the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority and Mid-America Regional Council has received $1.8 million in competitive federal grants to study a regional transit system.
“I want to express my sincere gratitude to the Federal Transit Administration, FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood for their generous support of regional transportation in the Kansas City metropolitan area,” said Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders. “I would also like to thank the Mid-America Regional Council, the City of Kansas City, Missouri along with the numerous elected officials, local communities, and civic groups that supported this effort. Today is the first step toward a future that makes our region more competitive, economically viable, and environmentally friendly.”
The grant funds will be used to study three corridors:
1.I-70 between downtown Kansas City and Odessa.2.Rock Island Railroad between downtown Kansas City and Pleasant Hill3.Downtown Kansas City between the River market neighborhood and Union Station
“This funding would not be possible without the support of the Missouri Congressional delegation,” said Sanders. “I want to thank Senator Claire McCaskill for her tireless work on this project along with her colleagues Kit Bond, Emanuel Cleaver, Ike Skelton and Sam Graves. Together they secured this funding for our community.
The FTA awarded $25.7 million in grants to communities in 15 states. Jackson County received the third largest grant amount, beating out cities including New York, Dallas, and Nashville. $2 million was the maximum amount awarded. The agency reviewed 67 applications from 30 different states asking for a total of $73 million in funds.
The “Alternatives Analysis” is a necessary step in the process of applying for and receiving federal transportation dollars which lead to the construction of new transit systems.