2 Days of Traffic

(The directions and background at right may prove useful before launching map)

June 12, 2017


On two days in the fall of 2016 the project team sent helicopters above Kansas City's Downtown Loop. High-definition video was taken to track traffic movements into and out of the Loop. The data, taken once in the morning rush hour and once in the evening rush hour, helps the team to understand how traffic moves through the Loop, where it turns and travels. For those passing through the Loop, the data cannot tell us where each vehicle's starting origin or final destination was, but it does give the team an idea of how residents, commuters, businesses, and freight use the Loop. This data is a snapshot in time that - along with other data - will help to ensure the projects traffic models accurately reflect current movements in the Loop. As we begin to look at alternatives, this data will help to better understand what effect each alternative may have on traffic movements around the Loop and throughout the region.

Interactive Data Visualization – See the Traffic Data for yourself!

We also know good ideas can come from anywhere. Below is a link to the single-day, morning and evening-peak hour traffic data captured last fall. 


  • This data visualization works best with Google Chrome or Firefox browsers.
  • ·Begin by clicking on the orange circle at the bottom of the dashboard to reveal the layers. The default is the "Total Traffic Counts", but you can deep dive into the data by clicking on the second "Traffic Counts" layer.

  • Once you have selected the AM or PM data set, you can determine one or multiple origins and destinations entering and exiting the Loop. (The arrows to the left of the labels trigger drop down menus with more data sets).
  • Clicking on the selected data's lines will allow you to see the individual traffic counts for each movement. There are 24 interstate entrances and exits in the loop producing dozens of potential traffic movements. It is a lot of data, but keep in mind it is just a snapshot of one day. More data is being added to make sure the team has a complete picture of how traffic moves now and could move in the future.

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Reminder:You can find the data layers by clicking the orange circle at the bottom of the page-the default is to show "Total Traffic Counts").

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