The FTA, in partnership with the Smart Growth America visited Kansas City for a two-day workshop centered around Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) along Prospect Corridor. The focus was how to encourage more development in targeted areas along the corridor and at key proposed Prospect MAX bus stops to meet the needs of current residents and business owners and explore capturing new businesses and revitalizing neighborhoods who use transit.
The FTA selected Kansas City as a recipient of targeted technical assistance under the National Public Transportation/Transit-Oriented Development, Technical Assistance Ladders of Opportunity Initiative. The initiative focuses on supporting economically distressed communities across the country.
The Smart Growth America team focused on the Prospect MAX corridor, which City planners are actively planning. The corridor is characterized by a high concentration of minority and low-income residents and has experienced continual decrease in residents, employment and economic development over the past few decades. The two day workshop was filled with presentations, best practices and case studies to help implement TOD policy along the Prospect MAX corridor in Kansas City.