Transportation

Safe and efficient transportation is vital to the personal welfare, economic health, and security of our nation and the Greater Kansas City region.

The KC Chamber is working on a number of fronts to advocate for world-class transportation infrastructure and appropriate investment in Kansas City and throughout Kansas and Missouri.

World-class Infrastructure

Kansas Transportation Agenda

The KC Chamber supports appropriate investment in transportation infrastructure including Public- Private Partnerships (with supporting legislation) and other innovative ways to help capture federal investment and fund all modes of transportation throughout the state and region. The upgrade of roads, highways, waterways, rail, and air travel in an efficient and cost-effective manner will allow the state to meet its transportation-related local, regional and statewide safety, economic development and quality of life priorities. 

  • Support state and federal funding to assist the metro area in making needed improvements to the I-70/I-435 interchange near Village West, the I-70/Turner Diagonal interchange, and key transportation infrastructure projects in Johnson County. 
  • Oppose additional transfers from the State Highway Fund and support funding as outlined in the 2010 T-Works Plan. 
  • Support the implementation of an effective multi-modal transportation program aligned with the region’s economic priorities the use of alternative project delivery methods that accelerate schedules and increase innovation opportunities. 
  • Support measures to encourage regional approaches to public transit and transportation planning. 
  • Support policy and measures to enhance freight movement with all modes of transportation through the region. 
  • Support the practice of long-term, multi-year comprehensive transportation programs developed through a combination of KDOT technical analysis with local partner consultations and focused on meeting the state’s transportation-related local, regional and statewide safety, economic development, and quality of life priorities. 

Missouri Transportation Agenda

The KC Chamber supports both traditional and new/innovative ways to adequately fund all modes of transportation and transit throughout the state and region, including public-private partnerships (with supporting legislation). The upgrade of roads, highways, waterways, rail, public transit and air travel in an efficient and cost-effective manner will allow the state to meet its transportation-related local, regional and statewide safety, economic development and quality of life priorities. 

  • Support for increased state-wide transportation funding to enable key regional priorities like the replacement of the state-owned Buck O’Neil Bridge. 
  • Support the creation of a state-wide plan for a dedicated funding stream which includes funding for capital and operating expenses for public transit. 
  • Support providing state and local jurisdictions with new and innovative policy and tax tools, such as transportation districts, vehicle miles traveled (VMT)/fuel tax adjustments, user-based fees, mobility authorities and public/private partnerships, with revenues dedicated to meeting the funding jurisdiction’s critically important transportation priorities. 
  • Support policy and measures to enhance rail and freight transportation alternatives.

Federal Transportation Agenda

Safe and efficient transportation is vital to the personal welfare, economic health, and security of our nation and the Greater Kansas City region. The KC Chamber urges continued innovative and sustainable funding measures while supporting responsible infrastructure policies and regulation that give appropriate and strategic consideration to regional economic and mobility needs and priorities. Accordingly, the KC Chamber supports:

  • Funding: Sustainable and innovative investment solutions to fully fund the Highway Trust Fund through multiple appropriate revenue sources (including public-private partnerships, gas and alternate fuel tax increases, expanded tolling, user fees, price-managed lanes and networks, TIFIA program expansion or new local/regional tax or fee initiatives or powers) that protect and preserve our transportation system.
  • Delivery Tools: Expanded use of innovative delivery tools, such as public-private partnerships (P3s), design-build, dynamic-design-bid-build delivery, construction manager/general contractor, to support new transportation capacity and reconstruct existing facilities in ways that more quickly and broadly boost the economies of the area and the nation.
  • TIGER Grants: Continuation of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) discretionary grant program. 
  • Transit & Active Transportation: Identification of and support for adequate funding for transit (including USDOT Small Starts and bus-rapid transit), sidewalks and trails as a means for communities to improve local and regional mobility, increase long-term economic development and attract and retain residents and businesses for which these modes are a critical need or amenity. 
  • Airport Facilities & Aviation: Reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and measures to fund, maintain, improve, and modernize airport infrastructure at Kansas City International Airport.
  • Marine Highway Corridor: Efforts that would increase funding for commercial navigation projects such as channel, ports and harbor infrastructure throughout the Marine Highway Corridor system, with emphasis on the M-70 route between Kansas City and Pittsburgh, PA, and on the M-29 connector to Sioux City, IA. (PORT KC)
  • Multi-Modal: Create and implement a long-term, strategic plan of federal policies and investments that strengthens regional and national multi-modal surface and maritime freight investments and corridors, resulting in broader, more cost-effective access to national and global markets. 
  • Rail Service: Continued efforts to reduce freight and passenger train bottlenecks throughout the nation including support for the national rail passenger network and operation of the Southwest Chief Amtrak route, the Missouri River Runner and the proposed Heartland Flyer.
  • Connected and Autonomous Vehicles: Expanded funding and access to expertise for planning, designing and building policy and infrastructure frameworks to cope with likely changes induced by the expanding use of connected and autonomous vehicles. 

Big 5 Initiatives

Led by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, the Big 5 elevates the Kansas City region onto the world stage and makes the area one of America’s best places to work, live, start a business, and grow a business. These community-based projects take advantage of the area’s world-class organizations and the spirit of our citizens to inspire innovation in our region. Accomplishing the Big 5 initiatives promises to bring better health, improved education, more jobs, increased investment and a better quality of life to everyone in the region. Thus, creating a Greater Kansas City.