In 2010, Olsson Associates was selected by the City of Overland Park, Kansas, on behalf of Johnson County Transit, to design transit-related improvements for the Metcalf Avenue/Shawnee Mission Parkway Bus Corridor. This wide-reaching corridor included multiple cities and jurisdictions – stretching as far south as 119th Street and as far north as 75th Street.
The final product included 20 enhanced transit stops, three park-and-ride facilities, and the E. Allen Roth Mission Transit Center. Transit Signal Priority systems will also be installed at key intersections. Other project elements included several miles of multi-use trail designs in Overland Park and Mission, Kansas; various sidewalk enhancements; landscape improvements along the corridor; and new service branding.
These amenities and improvements will benefit thousands of daily riders as well as bus operators. Specifically, benefits will include providing services to accommodate multiple bus transfers at once, shelters from weather conditions, rest facilities, and sidewalk extensions. Another benefit will be real-time, next-bus-arrival information.
This project was made possible from funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program in the amount of $10.7 million.
After the design was completed in December 2013, the Kansas City Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) selected this project for Project of the Year- Transportation category for projects $5 to $25 million.