Summary of Tree planting at bus stops


Contact Information

Organization: MARC
Contact person: Tom Jacobs
Title: Director, Environmental Programs
Phone: 8167018352
Organization address: 600 Broadway, Suite 200
  Kansas City, MO    64105

General Information

1. Project name: Tree planting at bus stops
2. City(ies), County(ies), State: ATA service area
3. Routes, interchanges and/or intersections: All ATA routes
4. Primary project mode: Transit Active transportation
5. Supplementary project mode(s): * Active Transportation * Transit )
Tree planting at all ATA bus stops will encourage bus ridership by making bus stops more hospitable, especially during hot summer months. Trees will increase the walkability of streets adjacent to bus stops, facilitating active transportation.
6. Project Purpose: * Ecosystem Restoration )
7. Project sponsor: Tom Jacobs
8. Total budget in 2019 dollars: $2250000.00
9. Project description: Tree planting next to bus stops helps accomplish multiple goals: heat island reduction, climate resilience, public health, air and water quality protection, walkability, and transit access. Primary users are transit riders.
10. Scope: Trees will be planted at every ATA bus stop in the region. An estimated 4,500 bus stops would be planted with an average of one tree per stop, at an estimated cost of $500/tree. The cost includes planting and watering for three years. Issues of ongoing maintenance still need to be addressed through conversation with ATA and local communities. In those instances where trees already exist, additional trees could be planted. Given the stressors involved in urban environments, it is anticipated that funds would also be sufficient to replace trees as needed.
11. Project schedule: This project would be phased to align with other ATA investments and maintenance processes to ensure that, ultimately, every bus stop has at least one tree. The first ten year phase of the project would seek to achieve at least 50% of project goals.

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Submitted comments

Mary Kay McGinty said...

This is a vital step toward a healthy sustainable future for KC. There should be far more focus on innovative green infrastructure projects.

11/19/2019 8:52:27 PM


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