Summary of Smart Moves/RideKC - Burlington/North Oak Enhanced Transit

KCATA

Contact Information

Organization: KCATA
Contact person: Shawn Strate
Title: Planning Manager
Phone: 816-346-0349
E-mail: sstrate@kcata.org
Organization address: 1200 E. 18th Street
  Kansas City, MO    64108


General Information

1. Project name: Smart Moves/RideKC - Burlington/North Oak Enhanced Transit
2. City(ies), County(ies), State: Jackson and Clay counties Kansas City, Mo. North Kansas City, Mo. Gladstone, Mo.
3. Routes, interchanges and/or intersections: Improvements along existing 201 North Oak route, with adjustments recommended by the North Oak Transit Improvements Study to be completed in 2019 and additional planning and design efforts. Primary improvements are along Burlington Street in North Kansas City and North Oak in Kansas City, Missouri. Secondary improvements may occur on Barry Road in Kansas City, Missouri.
4. Primary project mode: Transit 
5. Supplementary project mode(s): * Active Transportation )
This project will provide for enhanced transit improvements along the existing transit spine of the Northland. This will enable new riders to be able to access and utilize the transit system, and provide faster and more reliable service to existing users. Mobility hubs will be integrated into the project to provide convenient connections to flex routes, ride-hailing services, paratransit, and bike share. In addition, just by choosing transit as a component of any given trip, a person most often must also take advantage of other modes.
6. Project Purpose: * System expansion (added capacity) * System preservation, rehabilitation or replacement * System operations and management )
7. Project sponsor: Shawn Strate
sstrate@kcata.org
816.346.0349
8. Total budget in 2019 dollars: $55800000
9. Project description: The enhanced Burlington/North Oak route is planned to be approximately 16 miles long, extending from Crown Center and Downtown Kansas City, Missouri to Boardwalk Square near I-29 & M-152 Highway in northern Kansas City, Missouri. Fast and Frequent transit service with enhanced amenities on the Burlington/North Oak corridor is a near-term recommendation of the Smart Moves 3.0 transit plan, which envisions a mobility landscape that includes efficient, high-ridership transit service linked by well-located mobility hubs where riders can transfer from one fixed route to another or connect with mobility services to get where they need to go. The project will enhance the existing transit spine of the Northland, with frequent bus service utilizing new transit stations with high-quality amenities. These facilities will vastly improve the ability for residents and employees to access the system in a safe and comfortable manner. These improvements will also improve travel time and service reliability on the corridor, as well as provide enhanced connections between routes and other transportation modes at mobility hubs. The ongoing North Oak Transit Improvement Study is currently evaluating the corridor to formulate specific recommendations. Collaboration with an additional study focused on streetscape and active transportation enhancements will improve other transportation modes as well. Existing transit users will be the primary users of these improvements, but will also allow non-transit users to begin utilizing the system. In addition, the current planning process is proceeding concurrently with a process to evaluate improved bicycle and pedestrian facilities on the corridor. It is anticipated that the future transit improvement project will incorporate the facilities recommended by this plan as well. The intent of this project is to make using transit and mobility services an attractive and viable option for more Kansas City area residents and workers. Expanding the region’s transit system (in terms of route options, frequency of service, and days of service) will not only benefit those who choose to or depend on transit (i.e. transit riders) but others as well. For instance, expanding the transit system and increasing ridership will take more cars off the road, thereby decreasing traffic for those that choose to/must drive. This decreased traffic will also benefit bicyclists and pedestrians in terms of making their travel safer and more pleasant as well as improving air quality. Decreased traffic/congestion will also benefit the movement of freight as well.
10. Scope: The enhanced Burlington/North Oak route is planned to be approximately 16 miles long, extending from Crown Center and Downtown Kansas City, Missouri to Boardwalk Square near I-29 & M-152 Highway in northern Kansas City, Missouri. High ridership segments and stops along the route will feature bus rapid transit characteristics and service profile. Based on current planning scenarios that are still in development, approximately 40-50 bus stops will be improved into enhanced stations with high-quality amenities such as shelters, smart kiosks, and potentially level boarding where site conditions allow. An additional 20-30 bus stops will receive a more basic level of enhancement with improved pedestrian access and waiting areas. These facilities will vastly improve the ability for residents and employees to access the system in a safe and comfortable manner. These improvements will also improve travel time and service reliability on the corridor, as well as provide enhanced connections between routes and other transportation modes at mobility hubs. Additionally, current scenarios recommend that bus service will be improved to 15-minute frequency throughout the day on weekdays, and to 30 minutes on weekends on the BRT portion of the corridor. Northern segments of the corridor with less ridership and less development density may have lower frequency. This improves overall travel time for users by reducing wait times at the bus stop, and more timely transfers to other services. The expected outcome is for a major improvement in transit service and creating a more inviting and useful experience for existing and new users of multi-modal transportation. New mobility hubs will provide a location for the community to gather and to access and transfer between transportation and community services. This corridor is a key component in implementing the Smart Moves 3.0 regional transit vision of Fast & Frequent, Supporting, and Express services that connect people to opportunities throughout the region. These corridor improvements were programmed for Phase I of Smart Moves and will also be in Phase I of the RTP 2050 Plan.
11. Project schedule: Phase I: 2020-2029: While specific years are not yet determined, the project is anticipated to be complete prior to 2030 if federal and local funding can be secured.

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Tim Zook said...

This project would serve to enhance the connectivity of the Northland to Downtown KC, further encouraging development without stressing current infrastructure with added auto trips, thereby reducing maintenance costs. It would also personally allow me to access farther north with more reliability than is currently existing.

5/17/2019 2:22:13 PM


 


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