That’s how much concrete has been poured to repair sidewalks and driveway entrances in the Green Impact Zone – along with 9.2 miles of new curbs. And we’re not done yet!

These infrastructure improvements are part of our TIGER grant — Transportation Improvements Generating Economic Recovery — for transportation infrastructure improvements. The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded this $50 million grant to the Kansas City region in 2010. The grant includes $26.2 million for improvements in the zone, including the sidewalk and curb replacements already underway, as well as street resurfacing, traffic signal and transit improvements and a pedestrian walkway under the new Troost Bridge. The remaining funds will support improvements to transit facilities in other parts of the region.

Visit our TIGER tracker at www.marc.org/tiger. And be sure to go to www.marc.org/TIGER/zoneprogress.asp to see the latest maps illustrating what projects are completed, underway, or still to come in the Green Impact Zone.

Image

It’s tough enough to get a job in these economic times and it’s even tougher for those who don’t have access to reliable transportation. A primary goal for The Green Impact Zone is to help increase employment rates in the area (which is as low as 50 percent in some locations).

As a part of this effort, The Green Impact Zone will host “Opportunity Road,” a transportation fair, at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 16, at the Green Impact Zone office (4600 Paseo, Kansas City, Mo.) to help show residents how alternative modes of transportation can help them extend their job search and get them where they need to go while saving money.

Local transit agencies and resource programs will be on hand to talk with residents about mobility options and ways to save money on transportation — the second-largest expense for most households.

The fair will stress to residents how they can don’t need a car to get where they need to go (a common misconception in today’s society). The Green Impact Zone wants residents to see that commuting to jobs across the metro is possible with different modes of transportation access.

  • Learn about bus routes operated by The Metro and The JO that connect to Green Impact Zone neighborhoods. Get answers to questions about planning a trip or riding the bus. Tour a hybrid MAX bus. Ride along on a JO bus route to see where new shelters, signs and a transit center are being planned for the Shawnee Mission Parkway corridor.
  • Find out how to register with the RideShare Program to search for carpool matches. Pick up tips for getting the most out of a carpool arrangement. Learn about RideShare’s Guaranteed Ride Home service that commuters can use in case of emergency.
  • Get information about how to commute safely by bicycle from RevolveKC.
  • Enjoy free refreshments and door prizes!