Executive of the Year 2022: Patrick Ottensmeyer

Always on Track By engineering the nation’s biggest transportation M&A deal in 2021, Pat Ottensmeyer positions the new Canadian Pacific Kansas City for the next era in rail. Patrick Ottensmeyer tells the story of an early fling with entrepreneurship when he… more

Missouri lawmakers pass gasoline tax increase under statewide transportation investment bill

Republican lawmakers in Missouri have passed a bill to raise the gas tax for the first time since the 1990's. Now, it's headed to Governor Mike Parson's desk. The GOP-led House voted Tuesday 104-52 to raise Missouri's 17-cent gas tax… more

$600M requested for Johnson County Gateway road project

The city of Lenexa bypassed the Kansas Department of Transportation and instead requested about $600 million from the federal government to pay for the third phase of the Johnson County Gateway roads project. Funding has been requested to pay for… more

Metro Ford Motor Co. plant to remain closed through mid-May

A global parts shortage has forced Ford Motor Co. to temporarily close Kansas City’s biggest factory for at least a month. Nearly all of the 7,100 hourly employees at the Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo have been temporarily laid… more

Proposed Missouri transportation bill expected to reel in estimated $460M per year through 2025

[caption id="attachment_34218" align="alignleft" width="438"] Missouri Department of Transportation graphic[/caption] A broad coalition of transportation stakeholders, including the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Missouri AFL-CIO, have released a new study analyzing the economic impacts of a proposed transportation… more

New bidder raises offer on KC Southern

Kansas City Southern has been offered another bid, this time from Canadian National Railway with a cash-and-stock offer valued at $33.7 billion. The offer amount outdoes competing bidder Canadian Pacific's cash-and-stock proposal of $25 billion. Any deal would capitalize on… more

Missouri infrastructure scores low in White House report

 A new report from the White House shows that Missouri  received a grade of C- when it came to infrastructure. The report found Missouri has 2,190 bridges and more than 7,500 miles of highway in poor condition. By releasing state-by-state data, Biden’s… more

Yellow ushers in new president

Overland Park-based Yellow Corp. has named a new president.  The trucking and logistics company, formerly known as YRC Worldwide Inc., promoted Darrel Harris to the role.  Harris joined Yellow in November as executive vice president of strategic initiatives. The industry… more

Kansas City Southern sale to go under review

Canadian Pacific Railway Limited and Kansas City Southern today made a filing with the Surface Transportation Board asserting their right to have the STB review their combination under a waiver the STB granted to KCS in 2001. The filing was… more

KC area Ford, GM plants cut production once again amid continuing chip shortage

The global shortage of semiconductors has forced General Motors and Ford to further cut production at their North American factories as chip supplies seem to be growing tighter. The shutdowns likely will affect dealer inventory of vehicles made at the… more