May 18, 2023

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Lafayette Transit and Carencro officials expand transit service


City officials in Carencro have wanted to bring Lafayette Transit Service buses to their city for a long time. They are now pleased to announce a new fixed route for the citizens of Carencro.

Carencro previously had two bus stops, one in front of Amazon fulfillment center and another right down the street from Walmart. Beginning on Monday, The Lafayette Transit System is expanding the bus route throughout the city. Read more


Final design and construction can proceed on ART North-South corridor with anticipated launch in 2027


North/South Corridor Project, setting the stage for the agency to begin operating an important new service by 2027.

Federal approval under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is a critical step in the project. Earning the approval means that VIA can proceed with the region’s first rapid transit corridor.

The project is part of VIA’s Keep San Antonio Moving Plan (KSAM) that voters overwhelmingly approved in 2020. The NEPA process began in 2021 and included significant technical analysis and public engagement. Read More


UMKC Accepting Proposals for Destination Development Near Streetcar Stop


The University of Missouri-Kansas City has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to develop a five-acre parcel of land next to the south terminus of the Kansas City Streetcar at 51st Street and Brookside Boulevard. The streetcar stop is expected to be operational in 2025. 

In his recent State of the University address, UMKC Chancellor Mauli Agrawal announced his intention to explore options to develop that parcel into a campus and community destination. The project could include a mix of retail, housing and a small arena perfect for campus and community events, concerts and, of course, UMKC Division I athletics, including basketball and volleyball.

“A destination development at the southern terminus of the streetcar is an appropriate addition to the community by UMKC, Kansas City’s university,” Agrawal said. “The development from this RFP will elevate the area for our city, our neighbors and our campus community.” Read More



Arkansas Center for Independence completes Newport disabilities facility


Jane Parnell was a longtime educator in the Newport area and when she died her family had a decision to make about her estate. She had a nephew with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and the family decided to donate $500,000 from her estate to the Arkansas Center for Independence, Executive Director Glenda Rutledge-May told Talk Business & Politics.

ACI has recently completed construction of its $2.5 million facility in Newport. Located on two and a half acres, the 8,750 square-foot building is centered in the heart of town next to the WRMC Medical Complex. Read more


New transit center will mean changes to bus routes


Changes are coming to Norman bus service in the fall that will affect local routes and a route that takes riders to downtown Oklahoma City.

In 2021, the Norman City Council unanimously adopted the Go Norman Transit Plan, which listed recommendations for transit improvements, which include adjusting frequency of service, Sunday service, expanded service, and expanded weekday and Sunday hours.

The plan included construction of the Norman Transit Center, 320 E. Comanche St., on the southwest corner of Porter Avenue. Read more


KCATA Board of Commissioners approves three affordable multi-family housing developments


The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) Board of Commissioners has approved three affordable multi-family housing developments, encompassing a total of 212 new and rehabilitated units and bringing numerous benefits to east side Kansas City neighborhoods.

"Our federal compact charges us with great responsibility," said Frank White III, president and CEO of KCATA. "Public transportation is only at its best when more people have access to it. Developing transit-oriented communities has become a best practice for connecting people to the things that matter most – housing, jobs, healthcare, education – and each other. These projects do just that." Read More

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