One RideKC Initiative
RideKC is starting a new initiative to build consensus and social equity in a comprehensive regional transit and funding plan called One RideKC. The One RideKC plan will bring together regional community members to establish a vision and financing plan for the future of mobility in the Kansas City region. The hope is to improve access to transit and positively impact the lives of people in multiple jurisdictions by increasing connectivity between regional communities. Transit is key to RideKC’s four core pillars of access: jobs, housing, healthcare and education on a foundation of social equity.
RideKC aims to take an intentional and holistic approach to regional transit planning. Significant work has already been done and continues on the issue of regional transit and transit funding in the bi-state Kansas City area. Many of these efforts can be found here. One RideKC builds on previous work, stitches together existing efforts and projects, and incorporates new ideas and innovations to develop an integrated regional plan and financing strategy. This effort is not intended to start from scratch, but to leverage previously completed work with adaptations for new multi-modal connectivity.
This includes recommendations for:
A regional transit service plan
A financial model and strategy
“Making the Case” documentation as part of a communication strategy
Partners in Collaboration
KCATA is leading this initiative with collaboration among several partners including the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), RideKC Regional Partners, and RideKC Regional Transit Providers, with engagement from regional county and city governments, Greater KC Chamber of Commerce, and representatives from Kansas and Missouri. The process is supported by proven transportation planning consultants who have delivered similar initiatives in peer regions throughout the United States.
Phase I: April - October 2021
The first phase starts with the formation and engagement of three committees with involvement from community members in specific sectors such as: major employers, finance/banking, education, regional government entities, and community partners. Each committee will meet twice during this time frame to assist in the development of a proposed plan and funding strategy with a specific focus.
The Stakeholder Advisory Committee will provide thought-leadership insight to the overall process.
The Financial Task Force will review funding strategies, testing financial assumptions and validation of the financial model.
The Citizens Advisory Committee will ensure voices from the community are heard.
As this phase is completed, RideKC will engage in a more robust public engagement process starting in the late Fall of 2021 and into 2022.
Sign up for more information and a briefing tentatively set for Fall 2021.
See updates on https://ridekc.org/planning/one-ridekc-plan.
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