New Task Force Begins Work on State Transportation Plan

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During the 2018 Legislative Session, lawmakers passed a bill that formed a new Joint Legislative Vision Task Force to put together Kansas’ next transportation plan. The current T-WORKS program is set to expire in 2020.

Their inaugural meeting was held on August 6 in Topeka, where goals were discussed and members received a thorough history on past Kansas transportation programs. The biggest hurdle for lawmakers will be to ensure a steady funding source for the next 10 years. The Kansas Department of Transportation has received approximately $2 billion less than what was anticipated in 2010, which has resulted in 21 delayed projects across the state.

Agriculture industry stakeholders are encouraged to submit testimony at one of the Task Force’s upcoming meetings. Below is a schedule. Directions for local input can be found here. If you have questions or need help submitting your comments, please call your government affairs team at (785) 234-0461.

Salina – September 6

September 12 – Wyandotte County

September 20 – Pittsburg

October 4 – Newton

October 11 – Garden City

October 18 – Wichita

October 24 – Hays

November 8 – Johnson County

November 9 – Manhattan

November 28-29 – Topeka

The 35-member group’s mission is to evaluate the progress of the current transportation program, make recommendations regarding the future needs of the state transportation system- including agriculture – and identify additional necessary transportation projects.

The Task Force is comprised of legislative leaders, Kansas residents, transportation industry stakeholders, local government representatives, and multiple cabinet secretaries. It will report its findings to the legislature by January 31, 2019.