Causes: Consumer Protection
Mission: To educate the public on transit accessibility, gather public opinion, communicate, and advocate to expand, enhance, and improve today's transit options in the kansas city region.
Programs: The organization held a variety of transit education programs throughout 2014. On january 21, 2014, a luncheon was held and an audience of 55 heard from greg leroy of good jobs first. Greg spoke about economic development incentives and how they encourage job-sprawl while undermining transit's value and quality jobs. Kcrta's next event was held on april 3, 2014 and an audience of 97 heard from four developers: scott richardson from linden street partners, tom mcgee from vantrust real estate, jon copaken from copaken brooks, and george birt from consolidated development partners. The topic of this event centered on the streetcar lines under construction and in planning, as well as updates on individual projects along the starter line. On july 21, 2014, a luncheon was held and an audience of 44 people heard from jana lycott from aarp's public policy institute. Kcrta collaborated with kc communities of all ages on the topic of senior mobility. "active living for all ages: creating neighborhood around transit" showed how transit-oriented development facilitates the independence and mobility of older adults. In october 2014, jarrett walker, an international consultant in public transit planning and policy, spoke to an audience of 200 people regarding the links between transit and all aspects of community planning and urban structure. Other events throughout the year included several streetcar walking tours, transit oriented drinks where transit advocates gathered and discussed current transit issues, and a lecture by book author ben ross.