In the Kansas City region and across the nation, we are standing at the brink of remarkable times for transportation.

New technologies are rapidly changing the way we move people and goods, with profound impacts for our cities, our infrastructure and our regional economy.

KINETIC is an energetic series of forums to help our community better understand and prepare for the future of transportation.


Coming soon: Outlook for 2050 — Using scenario planning to position the region for success

Look for details about an all-day scenario planning workshop scheduled for early 2017. This interdisciplinary exercise is the first step to review and refresh our long-term vision for the Kansas City region and will provide a policy framework for updating regional plans.


Related event
The Future is Now: Self-driving Vehicles Are a Reality

Thursday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m.
Linda Hall Library
5109 Cherry
Kansas City, Missouri, 64110

Hosted by Linda Hall Library, this lecture features Maarten Sierhuis, director of the Nissan Research Center. Dr. Sierhuis leads the center’s research efforts in the areas of autonomous driving, connected cars and human-machine interaction. He will discuss Nissan's roadmap for bringing autonomous vehicles to market, as well as how his team is researching the human-centered development of self-driving cars.


Past events

Oct. 6, 2016 —This workshop served as a primer on emerging technologies — such as smart infrastructure and autonomous vehicles — and their implications for our transportation systems.
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April 22, 2016 — A forum on the future of transportation infrastructure featuring keynote speaker Rosabeth Moss Kanter, author of Move: Putting America's Infrastructure Back in the Lead.
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February 17, 2016 — A dynamic series of community conversations on the future of transportation with keynote speaker William (Bill) Clay Ford Jr., Executive Chairman, Ford Motor Company
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Questions, ideas or comments?

Contact Ron Achelpohl or Amy Strange.



MoDOT’s Road to Tomorrow » initiative is exploring all options for building the interstate system of the future including infrastructure and technology innovations along with sustainable funding sources.

KC Rising » is a long-term vision for the greater Kansas City region to build capacity, bring existing businesses to scale and fully realize the region’s potential. KC Rising is regional in focus, but global in perspective targeting high growth in trade, people and ideas.

Series sponsors:

Presented in partnership with:
American Council of Engineering Companies of KansasAmerican Council of Engineering Companies of MissouriAmerican Institute of Architects Kansas City
American Planning Association — Kansas City Metro SectionAutomobile Dealers Association of Greater Kansas CityGreater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
Heartland Civic CollaborativeKansas City Area Development CouncilKansas City Institute for Transportation EngineersKansas Department of Transportation
Kansas Society of Professional EngineersKC RisingKC SmartPortMissouri Department of TransportationUrban Land Institute - Kansas City

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