Seattle is considering taking advantage of a new state law that would turn the entire city into one giant transportation benefit district to pay for transportation and infrastructure projects like roads, bridges, sea walls, and bicycling facilities.
It’s an idea that Kansas City may want to consider as we grapple with an enormous backlog of infrastructure repairs and dwindling transit funding. We already have something similar in Missouri, Transportation Development Districts (TDDs), where part of development’s sales or property taxes go to pay for transportation infrastructure like roads and parking garages. Existing TDDs include the Country Club Plaza, Zona Rosa, and 18th & Vine. St. Louis is already exploring the idea of a city-wide TDD to pay for transit, so let’s ask our City Council to start thinking outside the box as well.