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Government
8:52 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Kansas Transportation Funding Might Help Balance State Budget

Kansas lawmakers may dip into highway funding to help balance the state’s budget.

The state Senate’s top budget officials say transportation money could help fill the gap. Andover, Kan., Republican Senator Ty Masterson chairs the Ways and Means Committee. He says transportation is a big expense to the state and Kansas has already built a healthy system.

"Pulling back to a point of preservation, and not this aggressive expansion, wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing," Masterson said. "And it wouldn’t be prolonged."

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Up to Date
12:05 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

The Impact Of Failed Missouri Transportation Tax

Lawmakers are searching for new ideas to fund Missouri's roads and bridges.
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Last week, Missouri voters solidly rejected Amendment 7, which would have increased the sales tax by three-quarters of a cent for 10 years to fund roads and bridges.

On Monday's Up to Date, we take a look at why voters reacted the way they did and what lawmakers might do to pay for those transportation items now.

Guest:

  • Rep. Dave Schatz, Chair of the Missouri House Transportation Committee
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Up to Date
11:37 am
Mon August 11, 2014

TEDxKC: Making Hitchhiking A Real Method Of Transport

CarmaHop seeks to increase hitchhiking to make car transportation more efficient.
Credit CarmaHop / Facebook

Next time you drive, look to your right, then in the back. Are your passenger seats empty? You may be alone in your car, but you're not the only one in this situation.

On Monday's Up to Date, we talk with TEDxKC presenter Jenny O'Brien about why she's advocating hitchhiking as a way to fill those seats and make our transportation more efficient.

Guest:

  • Jenny O'Brien, community manager for CarmaHop
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Election 2014
2:41 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Voter Guide To Kansas City Question A

This map shows the proposed transportation development district expansion and extended streetcar and bus lines that voters will make a decision on in the Aug. 5 primary election.
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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 its current line.

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. 

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.

Ballot language:

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Election 2014
1:53 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Voter Guide To The Proposed Missouri Transit Tax Increase

Amendment 7 would provide millions of dollars for transportation projects statewide.
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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.

Ballot language:

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Up To Date
3:57 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Should Rest Requirements For Truckers Be Relaxed?

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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.  Not long after that accident, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted to rescind some of the rest requirements for big rig drivers.

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Community
5:30 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Highway 71 And The Road To Compromise

Mamie Hughes in May took a walk on the Mamie Hughes Bridge at Meyer Boulevard and looked down on Highway 71.
Credit Suzanne Hogan / KCUR

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.

“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.”

The Mamie Hughes Bridge crosses Highway 71, or Bruce R. Watkins Drive as it’s also known, at Meyer Boulevard.

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Tell KCUR
1:26 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Tell KCUR: How Has Highway 71 Helped Or Hurt Kansas City?

How has U.S. Highway 71 helped or hurt Kansas City? Tweet us with the #TellKCUR hashtag.
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U.S. Highway 71 has become one of the most prominent north-south arteries of the Kansas City metropolitan area.

But when it was built on the east side of Kansas City, Mo., in the 1990s, the construction sparked controversy because of the way it bisected existing neighborhoods.  

Earlier this year, when we asked you what were Kansas City’s biggest dividing lines, Highway 71 emerged as one of them.

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Beyond Our Borders
1:52 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Prospect MAX Bus Decision Expected From Court Soon

An approval of a transit plan involving the streetcar and a new MAX bus line would send a taxing district question to voters.
Credit Kyle Gradinger / Flickr--CC

Any day now, Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Marco Roldan is expected to hand down a decision that would allow an election to create a special transit taxing district.

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Government
7:50 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Kansas City Council Closes Lyft Loophole

The city council says the ride-providers with the big pink mustaches are a rogue taxi company.
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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.

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Central Standard
9:47 am
Wed May 7, 2014

The Latest On The Lyft Situation In Kansas City

Lyft members attach a hot pink mustache to the front of their car so passengers can easily identify them on the street.
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There's a new kid in town, and Kansas City government officials are concerned about its unconventional arrival.

Lyft, a San Francisco-based transportation network company that connects people through a mobile app, started business in the area on April 24. Users request a ride and they are matched with a driver from the Lyft community. 

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Up To Date
9:00 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Public Transportation: Trends And Challenges

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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? 

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Government
7:43 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Streetcar Project May Prompt Kansas City Officials To Temporarily Move Bus Lines

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.

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.

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Tell KCUR
4:25 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Kansas Citians Call For Off-Hours Transit Options To Reduce Drinking And Driving

What services do you think are needed to curb drunk driving in Kansas City? Join the conversation online by tweeting your answer with the #TellKCUR hashtag.
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If Kansas City wants to get serious about reducing drunk driving, it needs to invest in more late-night and weekend public transportation services.

That’s according to your responses to our on-air and online question of the week.

We asked: What services should be provided to curb drinking and driving in Kansas City?

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Missouri Statehouse
3:12 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Missouri House Endorses Transportation Tax Vote

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.

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

“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.

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Tell KCUR
7:51 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Tell KCUR: Have You Ever Tried To Get Out Of A Speeding Ticket?

Have you ever tried to get out of a speeding ticket? What worked? What didn't? Tweet us your answer with the #TellKCUR hashtag. (KCUR doesn't condone speeding.)
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 An effort to increase speed limits in Missouri has us curious about your history with speed in the Show-Me state.

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.

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Transportation
7:39 am
Tue November 26, 2013

New Rail Bridge Opens Between St. Louis And Jefferson City

A new railroad bridge over the Osage River between St. Louis and Jefferson City is now open for both passenger and freight train use.

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.

“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.

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Central Standard
11:57 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Is Kansas City Bike Friendly?

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? 

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Central Standard
11:52 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Kansas City Prepares For The Baby Boomers

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We all know that the baby boomer generation is getting older. As the baby boomers enter into their  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?

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Central Standard
7:00 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Biking in KC

A recent study from the University of British Columbia found that installing bike infrastructure greatly reduces the likely hood of cyclist injury.  In fact, cycle tracks (bike lanes physically separated from motor vehicle traffic) alongside major streets had about 1/10 the typical risk to cyclists.  Our guests, Elizabeth Bejan, of Revolve KC, Aaron Bartlett, Bicycle and Training coordinator at MARC and Deb Ridgeway, Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator for Kansas City Public Works Department, explore these risks in Kansas City and how organizations and the city are working to address them.


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Government
10:01 am
Thu December 13, 2012

I-49 Opens From Kansas City To Arkansas

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Hundreds of new signs now line the highway formerly known as 71.  The signage follows the unveiling of Interstate 49 between Kansas City and the Arkansas border. 

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Up to Date
8:04 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Facing The Future Of Cities

Kansas City, Mo., skyline
Lasse Fuss WikiCommons

Technology can be a boon or a bust to cities, depending on how it's applied.

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Transportation
6:39 am
Mon June 11, 2012

I-70 Construction Detours Set To Start Mid-Week

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One of the heaviest-traveled Kansas City interstate highway connections will close on Wednesday morning, June 13th, after rush hours.

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Government
7:33 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Sanders Presents Regional Transit Plan

A map of proposed routes for Jackson County transit plan.
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KCMO City Hall
6:08 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Case Built For Streetcar Grant

Assistant City Manager Robert Langenkamp describes changes needed to build a K.C. startup streetcar line.

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.

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KCMO City Hall
2:29 am
Fri May 21, 2010

Council Endorses Sanders' Commuter Rail Plan

The regional commuter rail system County Executive Mike Sanders presented to the city council earlier this month.
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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.

There was no mention of Clay Chastain's latest petition drive for a competing Kansas City only light rail plan as the council endorsed Sanders' tri-county transit system proposal. Sanders says his can be done less expensively by routing commuter rail trains along existing unused or under-used right-of-way.

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KCUR News
5:21 pm
Mon May 3, 2010

Bus Benefit Drawn In State Budget

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 the Area Transportation Authority.

The Area Transportation Authority (ATA) has been operating on the edge, pumping in one-time federal stimulus money and drawing two and a half million dollars from reserve funds.

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KCUR News
4:34 pm
Wed March 31, 2010

Transit Breakthrough: Retro Style

Bicyclists gather to watch ground breaking for new bridge path.
photo by Dan Verbeck.

Kansas City, Mo. – 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. For the first time in at least a hundred years, Kansas City will have a bridge usable for non motorized traffic.

Planners picked the bridge over others based on safety, lowest environmental impact and cost. A concrete barrier will separate bikes and pedestrians from traffic.

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KCUR News
2:22 am
Thu March 11, 2010

Bus System Rumbling Toward Financial Void

ATA General Manager Mark Huffer wants regional transit tax.

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 this afternoon.

A major impact will come from loss of one-time federal stimulus money.

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