Transportation Focus Area
According to the City's Sustainability Action Plan (May 2012), transportation-related emissions make up the second largest component (38%) of the communitywide 2009 emissions inventory. These emissions are determined largely by the number of vehicle miles traveled (VMT) by residents and employees. Long vehicle trips between destinations and high numbers of trips create high emissions. Successfully reducing trips, either by making alternative modes of transportation (such as transit, bicycling, or walking) truly viable, or by increasing proximity of diverse land uses. Technological advancements in vehicle fuel efficiency will also reduce vehicular greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Current City Initiatives
- Installed bicycle parking racks at City Hall and other public City facilities.
- New Longview subdivision includes "smart growth" features to reduce car use.
- Collaborated with neighboring communities and Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) to purchase the former Rock Island Railroad corridor for reuse as a recreational trail and possibily a future commuter rail passageway.
- Synchronized traffic signals along arterial corridors.
- Adopted a Livable Streets Policy for the City of Lee's Summit.
- Applied for Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists and received Honroable Mention in Fall 2010.
- Applied for Walk Friendly Community designation by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center and received bronze dsignation in 2011.
- In the process of converting all pedestrian crosswalk lights to include countdown timers.
- Instituted traffic calming features as part of the Neighborhood Traffic Safety Program that addressed traffic speed and volume concerns in residential areas.
- Initiated Walking Safe Routes to School Day in 2011.
- Installed an electric car plug-in station at City Hall.
- Provided a weekday commuter bus service for those residents that work in downtown Kansas City as well as a weekday bus service for those needing transportation to keep appointments or run errands.
- School District bought electric delivery vans, which have resulted in over 4,000 gallons annually in fuel savings.