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Miami County residents have the opportunity to weigh in on two plans currently affecting the region’s future transportation and wayfinding goals.
Public input is currently being sought for the Connected KC 2050 long-range transportation plan. The plan can be viewed at www.kcconnected.org. Connected KC 2050, the Kansas City metro’s regional transportation plan, serves as a blueprint for managing the region’s transportation system. Required by the federal government, this plan identifies transportation improvements for the next 30 years. As the metropolitan planning agency for the Kansas City region, the Mid-America Regional Council is required to update the regional transportation plan every five years, according to the MARC website. Connected KC 2050 replaces Transportation Outlook 2040.
Public input on this plan is being solicited through early June. Residents may offer comments at: marc.mindmixer.com.
The second plan is the regional wayfinding plan, Connecting Our Region. This plan will work across the 9-county Kansas City metro to create an inclusive signage plan that enhances the visitor experience and fits the needs of bicyclists, pedestrians, motorists and transit users. The goal of Connecting Our Region is to develop a system that helps users find the logical and safe connections between key destinations and commercial districts in the region, according to the plan’s website. The draft guidebook for this plan is available at: https://www.connectingourregion.com/draft-wayfinding. Once approved this guidebook should serve as a reference for cities, counties or other entities wanting to establish wayfinding signage in their jurisdictions.
MARC is a nonprofit association of city and county governments and the metropolitan planning organization for the bistate Kansas City region. Member counties include Miami, Johnson, Wyandotte and Leavenworth in Kansas and Cass, Jackson, Clay and Platte counties in Missouri.