Kansas City is one of seven finalists for a $40 Smart City Challenge Grant from the US Department of Transportation. KC’s application includes many sophisticated strategies to make the region a center of excellence in autonomous vehicle development and other transportation technologies. It also includes some very simple transportation improvements like biking, walking, and bus rapid transit.
Prospect Avenue MAX – A new rapid transit option connecting East Side residents to jobs, services, and higher education.
A Protected Bike Lane Network – Road diets allow for adding high quality bike routes on multiple streets to connect people with bike share, transit, work, school, and services.
Transportation Data – Integrating bike share GPS and usage data into the city’s open data catalog to help inform future transportation planning.
Transit Technology Integration – New ways to pay for transit across modes, including buses and bike share.
BikeWalkKC worked with the grant writing team to ensure biking and walking were included as important parts of the city’s future transportation vision.