Mayor James joins Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to announce grant funding for Prospect Corridor

September 29, 2014 - KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI

Today Mayor Sly James joined Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to announce a $1.2 million grant for the the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA). The funding is a part of the Ladders of Opportunity grant, which will enhance transit-related amenities along a portion of the Prospect Avenue corridor, between 22nd and 28th streets, the second busiest transit corridor in Kansas City. The project will renovate curbs, sidewalks, benches, and shelters, make
other improvements to increase convenience for pedestrians and those with mobility issues.

In addition to facilitating access to new developments along Prospect Avenue, the project will better connect riders to major employers and medical centers in the Central Business District.

The City of Kansas City will match this federal investment with $300,000 in transportation infrastructure improvements. Design related to this grant funding will begin immediately and construction will begin in the second half of 2015.
KCATA will be working with the local neighborhood to ensure the community’s needs are met.

“I’m thrilled to welcome my friend, Secretary Foxx, to town again to announce additional funding for a more comprehensive local transportation system,” said Mayor James. “Many of the residents in this neighborhood rely daily on public transportation. This Ladders of Opportunities grant will allow improvements to the transportation infrastructure along
the Prospect Corridor that is so critical to their mobility around our City.”

Contact: Joni Wickham: 816-513-6582 or cell: 816-572-2152