In May 2010, the Kansas Legislature passed Transportation Works for Kansas (T-WORKS), an $8 billion 10-year transportation program. T-WORKS is designed to create jobs, preserve highway infrastructure, and provide multimodal economic development opportunities across the state.
More than 2,000 Kansans participated in the development of T-WORKS and helped create better business models for each transportation mode. Below is a list of some the key features of T-WORKS:
- A new highway project selection process that uses engineering data, local input and economic impact analysis to evaluate projects. Economic impact analysis helps Kansans get a good return on their investments.
- An expanded Economic Development Program, which will be more flexible and responsive (i.e. decisions made in 45 days or less) to help communities capitalize on emerging economic opportunities.
- A regional transit approach to make services more efficient and expand coverage across the state.
- More Kansans will have access to air ambulance services thanks to a more strategic selection process for aviation projects.
- An expanded Rail Program that will now allow shippers and industrial parks to be eligible for program funds along with local governments.
- And T-WORKS means that Kansas highways can be maintained at the performance level Kansans have come to expect.
T-WORKS provides the framework and the funding to make sure Kansas transportation services work for you.
Below is break down of how much funding each program will receive over the 10 years of the program.