Public comments needed on projects seeking Carbon Reduction funding

Deadline: June 30

Twenty-six local projects are vying for funding from Mid-America Regional Council’s (MARC) new Carbon Reduction Program, many of which focus on walking, biking, and transit as priorities for decarbonizing the region’s transportation system. This month, MARC is taking public comment from folks like you, so this is your chance to voice support for sustainable transportation!

Two of the projects would expand RideKC Bike, the regional bike share operated by BikeWalkKC in partnership with the KCATA and local municipalities.

  • BikeWalkKC is applying for $365,000 to expand the fleet of e-bikes in the City of North Kansas City, MO - along with upgrading the e-bike batteries for faster charging and longer range of riding.
  • The City of Mission, KS is applying for $500,000 in partnership with the City of Roeland Park to bring bike share to Northeast Johnson County.

There are also great trail and bikeway projects proposed around the region in communities like KCMO, Independence, Lee’s Summit, Gladstone, and KCK/Wyandotte County. Be sure to take a look at the other projects in your community.

Let MARC’s Carbon Reduction Work Group know your thoughts about these projects and about other projects in your community.

View projects and comment!

At least half of the available funds will be awarded to bicycle, pedestrian, public transit or green infrastructure projects. The remaining funds can be awarded to any eligible project type.

The public comment period for the submitted projects is now open through June 30, 2023. Any interested stakeholder may share their thoughts on these projects.

About the Carbon Reduction Program

The Carbon Reduction Program funds projects designed to reduce transportation emissions, defined as carbon dioxide emissions, from on-road transportation sources. This program, established under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, provides $6.4 billion dollars to states and metropolitan planning organizations, like MARC, to then be distributed to eligible applicants. Funds are available for five years — from 2022-2026. Learn more about the Carbon Reduction Program.

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