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President Biden talks about infrastructure during his visit to Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City subway is gearing up for the president’s first visit in three years.

On Wednesday morning, President Joe Biden is scheduled to stop in Kansas City, Missouri to promote his infrastructure package. Biden’s visit comes as poll votes continue to drop, and his social and climate package remains stalled.

Biden is scheduled to speak at the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority headquarters just east of downtown. Tens of thousands of people ride Kansas City’s public transit system every day. When Biden meets with city leaders Wednesday, they will discuss potential upgrades to the KCATA bus.

Mayor Quinton Lucas is one of those who see those big wheels as vital to the local economy.

Lucas told FOX4: “Our goal here in Kansas City is to make sure anyone anywhere in our area can get from one part of the city or area to another. is different.

Lucas explained that by providing affordable transportation to subway workers, it would stimulate the economy. KCATA’s buses started providing transportation services with a fare of 0 dong in 2015.

Leaders at KCATA hope to gradually replace current diesel-powered buses with eco-friendly electric buses. Much of Kansas City’s transportation is already electric.

“What we can do is start, as a city, where we buy these big rigs and other rigs. At the Kansas City government, we’re trying to switch to electricity. We’re doing more than that to make sure we’re leading the way in green and clean energy to make sure we’re ready for a city of the future,” said Lucas.

Leaders at KCATA hope to resume zero-fare trips, and perhaps, benefit from a potential grant that will help support that program. Robbie Makinen, CEO of Ride KC, says his company wants to take a bold step towards green initiatives.

“It’s better that everyone in this community has zero emissions and carbon emissions and things like that. Making our bus fleet zero emissions with a zero fare with a precise safety program is the right way to go,” said Makinen.

KCATA buses are estimated to have between 30 and 40,000 trips per day. Makinen said he wants to replace some of the current buses with some electric models.

Lucas said he also plans to talk to Biden about other infrastructure topics, including the “digital divide,” and new ways to make internet access available in low-income homes. lower input.

https://fox4kc.com/news/kansas-city-leaders-expected-to-discuss-potential-infrastructure-upgrades-with-president-biden/ President Biden talks about infrastructure during his visit to Kansas City

JACLYN DIAZ

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