Ride KC Regional Transit Plan and Workforce Connex

Burns & McDonnell/ Mid-America Regional Council


KC_transitMarlene Connor Associates is part of the Burns & McDonnell team and will be leading the transit planning efforts associated with the development of both projects, including the TIGER sponsored Workforce Connex and the KCATA Strategic Regional Long Range Transit Plan. By combining the new regional transit plan with the Workforce Connex study, the region is linking effective and efficient multimodal transit options to a growing workforce.

Working collaboratively with the Project Partnership Team, the study will reframe transit delivery from a system centric model to a customer centric model. Moving to a customer centric model reframes the question from “How do we improve the system?’’ to “What does the system need to do to accommodate employees, businesses and the community as a whole?”

The goal of Workforce Connex is to double the number of jobs accessible by public transportation in the next ten years.

Study elements include fully understanding the current job locations and origins and destinations of employees as they relate to the existing public transportation infrastructure and developing options and alternatives for that infrastructure that also includes job access to future employment. The shorter term elements of that public transportation system will then be incorporated into the longer term Ride KC Regional Transit Plan which includes work from the prior “Smart Moves” Plan as well as the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan.

The study will include developing performance metrics to monitor progress towards meeting goals and a significant public engagement process. The Plans will also include a sustainable funding framework and implementation strategy.

Julie Lorenz
Sr. Strategic Consultant
Burns & McDonnell
9400 Ward Parkway
Kansas City, MO 64114

Study Timeframe
July 2015‐Jan 2017