Most requests to the regional 2-1-1 hotline for transportation assistance go unfulfilled because there are so few resources in the community to help people access jobs, education, and healthcare. (Data from United Way of Greater Kansas City)
In 2024, BikeWalkKC is building a coalition of agencies and organizations serving individuals experiencing transportation insecurity. Transportation challenges create barriers to accessing opportunities for employment, education, health care, and other vital resources.
Together, we will create a policy platform that prioritizes the needs of the people and communities our agencies serve. Community engagement and data collection will be critical components of the project.
RideKC Bus’ current Zero Fare policy is up for review and renewal in 2024, and they are considering reinstating fares. Advocates and community leaders are also working on a plan for regional transit funding, a transformational opportunity to design and fund a transit system that better meets the needs of our neighbors and reduces the need for people to “drive to thrive” in our region. This coalition will help ensure the needs of the most vulnerable are centered in the design and funding of our transportation system.
Another goal of the Transportation for All Coalition is to document how the transportation challenges of our region impact the ability of organizations to deliver services to priority communities. Do funders understand the extent to which the regional transportation system limits our ability to fulfill our missions? How much of our grant funding goes to mitigate the shortcomings of the region’s transit system instead of going into mission delivery? The data and results of this project will be publicly available, and we especially want local funders to engage with the findings.
We are recruiting and meeting with interested organizations during January-February, and plan to hold our first group convening on February 22, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. The first meeting will be virtual. We anticipate holding four convenings in 2024 with all Coalition members, with smaller work groups and individual meetings held as needed throughout the year.
What to Expect
In addition to the Coalition meetings, BikeWalkKC asks members to participate in data collection and sharing. We have contracted with Porchlight Insights to collect and analyze quantitative and qualitative data. Each Coalition member will receive a survey asking about the transportation data that your agency already collects and asking you to share the data with us, if possible. Porchlight Insights will also hold several focus groups with community members and we ask that Coalition members help identify people among your constituents who would like to participate. We understand that not all Coalition members will be able to engage in all of these activities, and that is okay!
Email us at email@example.com to learn more about the Transportation for All Coalition and get involved.