transportation http://kcur.org en Voter Guide To Kansas City Question A http://kcur.org/post/voter-guide-kansas-city-question <p>A measure on the Aug. 5 ballot for Kansas City residents living south of the Missouri River will help decide if the downtown streetcar will expand beyond it's current line.</p><p>Kansas City Question A seeks to create a larger transportation development district that would allow Kansas Citians the chance to vote for streetcar and bus expansion taxes in the November election.&nbsp;</p><p>The proposed district is bounded north by the river, west by State Line Road, east by I-435, and south by the University of Missouri - Kansas City.</p><p><strong>Ballot language:</strong></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:41:58 +0000 Cody Newill 59599 at http://kcur.org Voter Guide To Kansas City Question A Voter Guide To The Proposed Missouri Transit Tax Increase http://kcur.org/post/voter-guide-proposed-missouri-transit-tax-increase <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Voters will be asked on the Aug. 5 Missouri ballot if they want to increase the statewide sales tax by ¾ of a cent for 10 years. The money will be used to improve statewide transit infrastructure including roads and highways, bridges and public transit projects. The money raised will not be allowed to be used on any other kinds of projects.</span></p><p><strong>Ballot language:</strong></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:53:20 +0000 Ben Palosaari 59567 at http://kcur.org Voter Guide To The Proposed Missouri Transit Tax Increase Should Rest Requirements For Truckers Be Relaxed? http://kcur.org/post/should-rest-requirements-truckers-be-relaxed <p></p><p></p><p>When New Jersey prosecutors charged the truck driver who crashed into comedian Tracy Morgan's limo, they said the man behind the wheel had not slept in more than 24 hours.&nbsp; Not long after that accident, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted to rescind some of the rest requirements for big rig drivers.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:57:10 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 58702 at http://kcur.org Should Rest Requirements For Truckers Be Relaxed? Highway 71 And The Road To Compromise http://kcur.org/post/highway-71-and-road-compromise <p></p><p>Mamie Hughes, 85, stands in the middle of a bridge that’s named after her, and she marvels at the power of the road below. The power of Highway 71.</p><p>“Sometimes I just like to stand here and look and watch the traffic,” she says as cars and semis zoom underneath. “Seeing how much goes, and it’s just kind of fun.”</p><p>The Mamie Hughes Bridge crosses Highway 71, or Bruce R. Watkins Drive as it’s also known, at Meyer Boulevard.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Suzanne Hogan 56713 at http://kcur.org Highway 71 And The Road To Compromise Tell KCUR: How Has Highway 71 Helped Or Hurt Kansas City? http://kcur.org/post/tell-kcur-how-has-highway-71-helped-or-hurt-kansas-city <p></p><p>U.S. Highway 71 has become one of the most prominent north-south arteries of the Kansas City metropolitan area.</p><p>But when it was built on the east side of Kansas City, Mo., in the 1990s, the construction <a href="http://www.pitch.com/kansascity/housing-boom/Content?oid=2165352">sparked controversy because of the way it bisected existing neighborhoods</a>. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 18:26:45 +0000 Alyson Raletz 56235 at http://kcur.org Tell KCUR: How Has Highway 71 Helped Or Hurt Kansas City? Prospect MAX Bus Decision Expected From Court Soon http://kcur.org/post/prospect-max-bus-decision-expected-court-soon <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Any day now, Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Marco </span>Roldan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is expected to hand down a decision that would allow an election to create <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kcur/files/201405/TDD_revisedmarch.pdf?__utma=91726592.806404577.1375215456.1400075675.1400080617.901&amp;__utmb=91726592.353.6.1400093609329&amp;__utmc=91726592&amp;__utmx=-&amp;__utmz=91726592.1399310270.868.33.utmcsr=google|utmccn=(organic)|utmcmd=organic|utmctr=http://kcur.org/&amp;__utmv=-&amp;__utmk=98672214">a special transit taxing Wed, 14 May 2014 18:52:23 +0000 Laura Ziegler 55713 at http://kcur.org Prospect MAX Bus Decision Expected From Court Soon Kansas City Council Closes Lyft Loophole http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-council-closes-lyft-loophole <p></p><p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Transportation company Lyft says it will find you a friend with a car via mobile device app. But, the Kansas City, Mo., City Council says the company is running a taxi cab service and trying to loophole its way out of city regulations covering drivers, vehicles and insurance.</p> Fri, 09 May 2014 12:50:56 +0000 Steve Bell 55451 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Council Closes Lyft Loophole The Latest On The Lyft Situation In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/latest-lyft-situation-kansas-city <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There's a new kid in town, and Kansas City&nbsp;government officials are concerned about its unconventional arrival. </span></p><p><a href="http://www.lyft.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Lyft</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a San Francisco-based transportation network company that connects people through a mobile app, started </span>business<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in the area on April 24. Users request a ride and they are matched with a driver from the </span>Lyft<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> community.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 07 May 2014 14:47:15 +0000 Kate Baxendale 55308 at http://kcur.org The Latest On The Lyft Situation In Kansas City Public Transportation: Trends And Challenges http://kcur.org/post/public-transportation-trends-and-challenges <p></p><p></p><p>A new era in public transportation is underway in Kansas City with the construction of the downtown streetcar system, but will the future needs of aging baby boomers and mobile millennials be met?&nbsp;</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 55271 at http://kcur.org Public Transportation: Trends And Challenges Streetcar Project May Prompt Kansas City Officials To Temporarily Move Bus Lines http://kcur.org/post/streetcar-project-may-prompt-kansas-city-officials-temporarily-move-bus-lines <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority is thinking about temporarily moving some routes off Main Street in Kansas City, Mo., while streets are congested with construction.</span></p><p>While lower Main street is torn up as workers lay streetcar lines, it comes as no surprise to anyone moving around there that traffic is a mess. So Mark Huffer, General Manager of the ATA, says officials are thinking it may alleviate some of the congestion to move peak-time routes off Main to Grand for awhile.</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 12:43:16 +0000 Laura Ziegler 55054 at http://kcur.org Kansas Citians Call For Off-Hours Transit Options To Reduce Drinking And Driving http://kcur.org/post/kansas-citians-call-hours-transit-options-reduce-drinking-and-driving <p>If Kansas City wants to get serious about reducing drunk driving, it needs to invest in more late-night and weekend public transportation services.</p><p>That’s according to your responses to our on-air and online question of the week.</p><p>We asked: <a href="http://kcur.org/post/tell-kcur-what-services-should-be-provided-curb-drinking-and-driving">What services should be provided to curb drinking and driving in Kansas City?</a></p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 21:25:24 +0000 Alyson Raletz 54728 at http://kcur.org Kansas Citians Call For Off-Hours Transit Options To Reduce Drinking And Driving Missouri House Endorses Transportation Tax Vote http://kcur.org/post/missouri-house-endorses-transportation-tax-vote <p>Legislation that would let voters decide if they want to create a temporary one-cent transportation sales tax has received first-round approval in the Missouri House.</p><p>The proposed constitutional amendment would be in effect for 10 years and would need to be reauthorized by voters to stay in effect beyond that. It’s sponsored by Republican Rep. Dave Hinson of Franklin County</p><p>“The people all across the state realize we have a transportation infrastructure need, no matter if you think it’s for roads, bridges, or any other type of multimodal transportation,” said Hinson.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:12:05 +0000 Marshall Griffin 53863 at http://kcur.org Tell KCUR: Have You Ever Tried To Get Out Of A Speeding Ticket? http://kcur.org/post/tell-kcur-have-you-ever-tried-get-out-speeding-ticket <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>An effort to increase speed limits in Missouri has us curious about your history with speed in the Show-Me state.</p><p>Missouri could become more lead-foot friendly if a proposal to increase the maximum speed limit on rural interstates, from 70 to 75 mph, makes it through the Missouri Legislature this year.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 13:51:43 +0000 Alyson Raletz 50363 at http://kcur.org Tell KCUR: Have You Ever Tried To Get Out Of A Speeding Ticket? New Rail Bridge Opens Between St. Louis And Jefferson City http://kcur.org/post/new-rail-bridge-opens-between-st-louis-and-jefferson-city <p>A new railroad bridge over the Osage River between St. Louis and Jefferson City is now open for both passenger and freight train use.</p><p>The new bridge cost $28 million, with most of the funds coming from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Federal Railroad Administrator Joe Szabo says the project came in under budget and ahead of schedule.</p><p>“We now have double-track running the entire stretch from Jefferson City to St. Louis, and delays caused by rail traffic funneling into a single track over the old bridge are now a thing of the past,” said Szabo.</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 13:39:05 +0000 Marshall Griffin 47412 at http://kcur.org Is Kansas City Bike Friendly? http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-bike-friendly <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For most of us getting around Kansas City is a matter of finding the road with the least traffic and no construction. But for some of us, the problems are more elemental than that: Is there a bike lane or will I have to dodge traffic? Can I walk to get my groceries or go to the doctor? What do I do if I don’t have a car?&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 16:57:25 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sydney Llewellyn 43857 at http://kcur.org Is Kansas City Bike Friendly? Kansas City Prepares For The Baby Boomers http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-prepares-baby-boomers <p></p><p>We all know that the baby boomer generation is getting older. As the baby boomers enter into their &nbsp;sixties and seventies, our population will experience a significant age shift. In fact, the number of residents over age 65 will double over the next 20 years, and community members over the age of 80 will be increasing at an even faster rate. But what happens when Grandma and Grandpa can no longer drive, or even live on their own?</p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 16:52:11 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sydney Llewellyn 43872 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Prepares For The Baby Boomers Biking in KC http://kcur.org/post/biking-kc <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A recent <a href="http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-10-bicycle-infrastructure-injuries.html">study</a> from the University of British Columbia found that installing bike infrastructure greatly reduces the likely hood of cyclist injury. &nbsp;In fact,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">cycle tracks (bike lanes physically separated from motor vehicle traffic) alongside major streets had about 1/10 the typical risk to cyclists</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. &nbsp;Our guests,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Elizabeth Bejan,</strong>&nbsp;of Revolve KC,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Aaron Bartlett</strong>, Bicycle and Training coordinator at MARC and&nbsp;</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Deb Ridgeway</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator for Kansas City Public Works Department,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">explore these risks in Kansas City and how organizations and the city are working to address them.</span></p><p><br> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Stephen Steigman, Matthew Long-Middleton & Claire McInerny 31082 at http://kcur.org Biking in KC I-49 Opens From Kansas City To Arkansas http://kcur.org/post/i-49-opens-kansas-city-arkansas <p>Hundreds of new signs now line the highway formerly known as 71.&nbsp; The signage follows the unveiling of Interstate 49 between Kansas City and the Arkansas border.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 16:01:53 +0000 Scott Harvey 28952 at http://kcur.org I-49 Opens From Kansas City To Arkansas Facing The Future Of Cities http://kcur.org/post/facing-future-cities <p>Technology can be <strong>a boon or a bust</strong> to cities, depending on <strong>how it's applied</strong>.</p><p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 02:04:00 +0000 Beth Lipoff, Brian Ellison & Stephen Steigman 28453 at http://kcur.org Facing The Future Of Cities I-70 Construction Detours Set To Start Mid-Week http://kcur.org/post/i-70-construction-detours-set-start-mid-week <p>One of the heaviest-traveled Kansas City interstate highway connections will close on Wednesday morning, June 13th, after rush hours. Mon, 11 Jun 2012 11:39:29 +0000 Dan Verbeck 19160 at http://kcur.org I-70 Construction Detours Set To Start Mid-Week Sanders Presents Regional Transit Plan http://kcur.org/post/sanders-presents-regional-transit-plan <p><a href="http://www.jacksongov.org/executive/" target="_blank">Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders</a> spoke at the <a href="http://www.modot.org/about/commission/index.htm" target="_blank">Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission</a> meeting regarding the progress his <a href="http://www.kcsmartmoves.org/projects/jacksoncounty-map.aspx" target="_blank">proposed regional transit system</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 07 Jun 2012 12:33:15 +0000 Eric Baker 18986 at http://kcur.org Sanders Presents Regional Transit Plan Case Built For Streetcar Grant http://kcur.org/post/case-built-streetcar-grant <p>Kansas City has moved a little closer to a startup streetcar line between downtown and Crown Center. A pair of measures have been approved to help toward a federal grant. Thu, 15 Mar 2012 23:08:03 +0000 Dan Verbeck 14293 at http://kcur.org Case Built For Streetcar Grant Council Endorses Sanders' Commuter Rail Plan http://kcur.org/post/council-endorses-sanders-commuter-rail-plan <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d887c41e9e0-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d887c41e9e0-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d887c41e9e0-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-903234.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, Mo. – The Kansas City, Missouri city council made it formal Thursday: They endorse the idea of a regional rapid rail transit system proposed by Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders.</p> Fri, 21 May 2010 07:29:09 +0000 Steve Bell 6645 at http://kcur.org Council Endorses Sanders' Commuter Rail Plan Bus Benefit Drawn In State Budget http://kcur.org/post/bus-benefit-drawn-state-budget <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d887c41d239-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d887c41d239-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d887c41d239-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-899701.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, Mo. – By unanimous vote the Kansas City Council and mayor will lobby the Missouri governor to keep $3 million in the state budget for ATA.</p> Mon, 03 May 2010 22:21:23 +0000 Dan Verbeck 6584 at http://kcur.org Transit Breakthrough: Retro Style http://kcur.org/post/transit-breakthrough-retro-style <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d85704289c0-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d85704289c0-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d85704289c0-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-893807.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, Mo. – For first time in at least a hundred years, a Missouri River crossing in Kansas City will be foot and pedal traffic-friendly. Work is about to begin retrofitting the Heart of America Bridge for bicyclists and walkers. The $3.4 million job is scheduled to be completed by the Fall.</p> Wed, 31 Mar 2010 21:34:32 +0000 Dan Verbeck 6468 at http://kcur.org Transit Breakthrough: Retro Style Bus System Rumbling Toward Financial Void http://kcur.org/post/bus-system-rumbling-toward-financial-void <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d887c41bb21-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d887c41bb21-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d887c41bb21-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-890290.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, Mo. – The Area Transportation Authority expects to be in a tough financial state by 2013. It faces possibility of cuts in service by one-third. The message was delivered to the Kansas City Council Thursday afternoon</p> Thu, 11 Mar 2010 08:22:43 +0000 Dan Verbeck 6408 at http://kcur.org Bus System Rumbling Toward Financial Void