Public invited to weigh in on proposed design for regional wayfinding signage system

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA), several local jurisdictions and MARC are hosting an open house to publicly display final draft designs for a regional wayfinding signage system for the Kansas City metro. The project team will share results from public surveys, meetings and field work observations. This input, as well as insights gathered from focus group meetings with a regional steering committee, informed the design of the life-size prototype signs that will be on display.

Attendees will have an opportunity to study the proposed designs in depth, review public input results and ask questions of the project team.

The open house will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, from 4-6 p.m. in the boardroom at the Mid-America Regional Council at 600 Broadway Boulevard, Suite 200, Kansas City, Missouri.

This work is the result of Connecting Our Region, an ongoing study across Greater Kansas City to create an inclusive wayfinding signage plan that enhances the visitor experience and fits the needs of pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users. The goal is to develop a system that helps users find logical and safe connections between key destinations and commercial districts in the region.

Connecting Our Region is the first bistate Planning Sustainable Places project. MARC’s PSP program works to advance detailed local planning and project development that promotes concepts consistent with sustainable communities — projects that further the creation of vibrant places that offer a mix of options for housing, jobs, services and recreation; connected places with a variety of transportation options; and green places that support healthy living and a healthy natural environment.

Wayfinding is simply a guide to get you from where you are to where you want to be. From a simple sign that says “turn left” to an interactive kiosk, wayfinding gets you to where you need to go. Our metro region is made up of nine counties, 119 separate city governments and more than 2 million residents. The goal of this project is to make it easy for residents and visitors to find all the interesting attractions across our diverse region.