About KBT

Kentuckians for Better Transportation (KBT), a statewide transportation association, has a long history of educating and advocating for all modes of transportation in Kentucky.

KBT was formed in 1977 by a group of individuals representing the aviation industry, the rail industry, public transit,  the highway, road, and bridge construction industry as well as the barge industry. These individuals understood the importance of a multimodal, interconnected transportation network. Since 1977, the organization has grown to more than 290 members who continue to represent all modes of transportation across the Commonwealth including air, local streets and roads, highways, bridges, rail, public transit, and Kentucky's ports and river industries.

Additionally, KBT members include representatives of local governments, chambers of commerce, and major manufacturing and logistics companies that depend on a safe, efficient transportation network. 

A complete list of our members may be found by selecting the following link: membership directory.

Mission 

KBT educates and advocates for all modes of transportation to provide a safe, sustainable transportation network that brings economic growth and improved quality of life for all Kentucky communities.  

Advocacy

KBT advocates for a safe, sustainable transportation network at both the state and federal level. Advocacy initiatives include securing funding for air transportation, funding Kentucky's local road, highway and bridge network, funding for safety improvements to at-grade rail crossings, funding for Kentucky's public riverports, and funding for Kentucky's public transit providers. 

KBT also advocates for safety initiatives including measures that limit distracted driving and encourage restraint usage in personal passenger vehicles.

KBT's Legislative policies are developed by the organization's committees and approved by the KBT Board of Directors. 

Education and Events

Each year, KBT organizes and hosts the Annual Kentucky Transportation Conference, the only annual event of its kind in the Commonwealth. Held in January, the two-day event is attended by nearly 500 individuals. Legislative leaders, local elected officials, and modal representatives from across Kentucky come together to discuss issues relative to transportation infrastructure and to learn from nationally-recognized speakers. 

KBT hosts a two-day Washington, D.C. Fly-In in mid-May. Participation in the Fly-In is open to all KBT members, and provides members with unparalleled access to the Kentucky Congressional delegation, their staffs, and transportation officials. 

KBT also hosts a Mid-Year Review in June. This event provides an opportunity to hear from Kentucky's Transportation Cabinet Secretary and other special guests. All KBT members are invited to attend this event.

More information on KBT events may be found on our KBT Events Website at:  http://www.kbtevents.org/

Governance

KBT is governed by a Board of Directors whose members represent all modes of transportation, local elected officials, chambers of commerce, agricultural organizations, logistics companies, and major manufacturers. The KBT Board hosts quarterly meetings to discuss issues that impact Kentucky's transportation network.

Educating and Advocating for All Modes of Transportation.

Kentucky
  • Air

    Kentucky’s Air Transportation system includes a network of 53 public use general aviation airports and 6 commercial airports.

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  • Highways

    A robust, efficient local road, highway and bridge network provides safe, dependable access for our citizens, as well as Kentucky based corporations.

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  • Public Transit

    Transit provides access to education, employment, health care, and basic human needs for all Kentuckians.

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  • Rail

    Kentucky is home to both long haul and short line railroads. CSX and Norfolk Southern (NS) provide long haul services while RJ Corman Railroad and Paducah Louisville Railroad (PAL) provide short line or regional services.

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  • Waterways

    The inland waterway network includes approximately 12,000 miles of navigable waterways and some 240 lock sites. The "inland highway" is used to move freight between 38 states, and connects the interior of the country to the gateway ports located along the coast.

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  • Safety

    A safe transportation network requires continued improvements and enhancements.

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