Another round of meetings to take public ideas on transit plans is this week.

“The public has participated throughout the process,” says Tom Gerend of the Mid-America Regional Council.

MARC and Jackson County officials are drawing up plans for two lines that would form the beginning of an upgraded metro transit system, likely including commuter rail, light rail or both. One line would run from Oak Grove west through Grain Valley, Blue Springs and Independence and then into Kansas City. Another would run from Lee's Summit though Raytown and into Kansas City.

The first meeting is from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the St. Paul School of Theology, 5123 E. Truman Road in Kansas City. There also are meetings from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday in Places Restaurant at John Knox Village, 1001 N.W. Chipman Road in Lee’s Summit, and then 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Conway Hall lobby at Rockhurst University, 1107 Rockhurst Road in Kansas City.

More information on developing transit plans is at