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Upcoming KDOT Local Consult Meetings


Transportation stakeholders,

Economic Lifelines is pleased to announce the launch of KDOT’s Local Consult meetings next month!  These meetings will take place in eight different communities across Kansas.  These meetings represent a tremendous opportunity for stakeholders to advocate for continued funding and prioritization of transportation infrastructure in Kansas.  The message from KDOT Secretary Julie Lorenz below shares all the details, including how the meetings are structured.  Please note that they are requesting RSVPs.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend, but KDOT is trying to keep an eye on headcount for facility purposes. 

I hope you will give every consideration to showing up to share your story and show the broad support for transportation funding that will be crucial as Economic Lifelines works to continue the push for funding in the coming legislative session!

Scott Heidner
Executive Director
Economic Lifelines
825 S Kansas Avenue, Suite 500
Topeka, KS 66612
scott@economiclifelines.com


Message from KDOT.......

Dear Stakeholder, 

I’m pleased to invite you to attend Local Consult meetings in August. These meetings are an important opportunity for stakeholders, like you, to share information about needed transportation projects and help shape the future of transportation in Kansas. 

  • New projects.  During the first hour, we’d like to hear from stakeholders about new transportation projects that are needed. During the Joint Legislative Transportation Vision Task Force meetings held last Fall, participants testified about project needs that totaled more than $18 billion. A list of those projects is available here. If there are new projects you’d like to share with us or if you have additional information about one of the projects already on the list, please plan to participate during that first hour.  Additional details about logistics will be provided in the coming weeks.
  • Scenario planning.  In the second two hours, we’ll work with all stakeholders to envision the future of Kansas by reviewing facts and trends, discussing risks and exploring alternative future possibilities.  Using scenario planning approaches, we’ll examine long-term and emerging trends, how they could impact Kansas’ transportation system, and what infrastructure investments can be made to help future-proof our infrastructure and cultivate prosperous, healthy communities for all Kansans.  Scenario planning is at the forefront of national planning practices and these discussions will provide valuable information for the next Kansas Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP).

We will host another round of Local Consult meetings later this Fall. At those meetings, we will build upon the discussions this summer to determine regional priorities for future transportation investments.  Collaboration is at the heart of this process – just as it was for the development of the T-WORKS program. But a lot has changed in the last 10 years, and it’s time for the next transportation program to take full advantage of accelerating rate of change in technology and growing interest in transit, aviation, rail, broadband and economic vitality. 

Below are the dates and locations for the August Local Consult meetings. The same information will be discussed at each meeting, so please select the date and location most convenient to you.

Please let us know which meeting you plan to attend or if you have any questions by contacting Mike Moriarty, KDOT Bureau Chief – Transportation Planning, at 785-296-8864 or Michael.Moriarty@ks.gov.


Thank you. 

Julie L. Lorenz
Secretary of Transportation
Director of Kansas Turnpike Authority
700 SW Harrison St.
Topeka, KS  66603
Julie.Lorenz@ks.gov



Local Consult Meetings.pdf


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