$5.6M RAISE Grant for Bi-State Sustainable Reinvestment Corridor

Published on August 10, 2022

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Today, U.S. Representative Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO) announced the Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded the Mid-America Regional Council a $5,600,000 Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability & Equity (RAISE) Grant for the Bi-State Sustainable Reinvestment Corridor project. Utilizing federal funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Bi-State Sustainable Reinvestment Corridor is a regional project that will connect three major cities in two states and two counties by implementing a 24-mile zero-emission regional transit route, including improved access to housing, health care, employment, and education for citizens in each city and surrounding area. The project was announced by Rep. Cleaver in February.

“We are beyond grateful to be a part of this grant opportunity,” said Mayor Tyrone A. Garner. The RAISE grant has the potential to open doors for enhanced cooperative regional connections, while also allowing residents and businesses in Wyandotte County improved opportunities for transportation, infrastructure, economic development, jobs, and desperately needed investment in the historically disenfranchised and disinvested areas of Kansas City, Kansas.”  

“Since the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law was signed into law by President Biden, I have worked tirelessly with the Administration to secure federal funding for the Bi-State Sustainable Reinvestment Corridor—and I’m thrilled to announce that the first piece of the puzzle has fallen into place today with this $5.6 million RAISE grant,” said Congressman Cleaver. “This week, I had the pleasure of speaking with Secretary Buttigieg about the possibilities of this project and the ways in which it will unlock opportunities for underserved communities throughout the region, and I’m pleased that he is as excited about these prospects as I am. With a concentration on sustainability, public transportation, and economic development, the Sustainable Corridor has an opportunity to be not just a major success in the Fifth Congressional District of Missouri, but a shining example of how the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law can create a sustainable, equitable future for an entire region. As this funding makes its way to Kansas City, I will continue to work with our partners on a federal and local level to ensure we maximize the positive impact this project will have on Missouri families.”

“By working with leaders on both sides of the state line, the Kansas City region can be a national example on how to leverage both federal funding and local engagement to create green, resilient infrastructure that lasts for generations to come,” said Rep. Davids. “This RAISE grant for the Bi-State Sustainable Reinvestment Corridor will jumpstart these investments by reducing energy costs, upgrading broadband equipment, creating affordable housing, increasing job opportunities, and so much more. I’ll continue working across all levels of government to get this done.”

The $5.6 million in federal funding will be used to fund planning activities for the east-west high-capacity transit corridor from Village West in Wyandotte County, Kansas through downtown Kansas City, Missouri to Independence, Missouri. The funding will help update transportation plans, complete project development and environmental documentation for zero-emission transportation elements, and complete advanced conceptual engineering design for one or more high-capacity transit routes.

A Fact Sheet on the Bi-State Sustainable Reinvestment Corridor is available here.