Kansas City area lawmakers are hoping to steer millions in federal money to the region for a fleet of electric buses and improved traffic flow on one of Kansas’ most congested highways as Congress revives earmark requests. Kansas Democratic Rep. Sharice Davids and Missouri Democratic Rep. Emanuel Cleaver Tuesday submitted a pair of requests for federal aid for the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority to purchase zero fare electric buses that would serve both sides of the state line. Cleaver asked for $6 million, which his office said his requested funding would support acquisition of up to seven additional electric buses on top of the two KCATA currently operates.
By Bryan Lowry and Sarah Ritter. Kansas City Star.April 27, 2021.