Summary of Kansas City Streetcar- Main Street Extension

KC Streetcar Authority

Contact Information

Organization: KC Streetcar Authority
Contact person: Tom Gerend
Title: Executive Director
Phone: 8166272525
Organization address: 600 E. 3rd St
  Kansas City, MO    64106

General Information

1. Project name: Kansas City Streetcar- Main Street Extension
2. City(ies), County(ies), State: Kansas City, Missouri, Jackson County.
3. Routes, interchanges and/or intersections: In-street running streetcar extension along Main St. from Pershing (Union Station) south to 51st and Brookside BLVD
4. Primary project mode: Transit 
5. Supplementary project mode(s): * Active Transportation )
The streetcar project will include reconstructed sidewalks, transit station areas and platforms, new crosswalks and ADA compliant curb ramps, new segments of shared use trails and bike facilities, and new pedestrian crossing accommodations at targeted locations along the 3.5 mile route.
6. Project Purpose: * System expansion (added capacity) * System preservation, rehabilitation or replacement * Other (Replaces Main Max which is at end of useful life)
7. Project sponsor: Tom Gerend
8. Total budget in 2019 dollars: $321000000
9. Project description: The KC Streetcar Main Street Extension will build upon the downtown streetcar service and advance a southward route extension serving Midtown, the Plaza, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). The Main Street Extension, together with the Downtown starter line and future Riverfront Extension, will form the long planned north-south spine of Smart Moves Regional Transit Vision. The fixed guideway transit project will serve existing and new transit riders in the Main Street corridor and the related pedestrian improvements along the route will benefit existing users while promoting and encouraging higher and more productive land uses.
10. Scope: The 3.5 mile rail project will construct the aforementioned transit route and related corridors improvements and is forecasted to serve over 7,000 passenger trips daily upon completion. Related work will include utility relocation, fixed guideway rail construction, overhead power construction, facility expansion, transit stop construction, intersection and signal improvements, sidewalk improvements, and transfer center improvements.
11. Project schedule: Completion of Construction and Operations Start-up - 2024

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Submitted comments

Lisa Kay Hummel said...

As a KC property owner and business owner, I am a strong supporter of extending the KC Streetcar per planned expansions. Connecting UMKC to Downtown/Riverfront (and everything in between) will establish a strong spine through the heart of our city. Id also like to express my support for continued investments in bike/bus infrastructure to accompany the streetcar investments. Prioritized investments in sustainable transportation modes will help create a more resilient city for today and future generations.

5/17/2019 12:33:14 PM

Tim Zook said...

I support the Main Street extension of the KCStreetcar. Extending the line through some of the densest areas of Kansas City will encourage connectivity and help reduce auto usage.

5/17/2019 2:30:52 PM

Kevin Carlyle said...

A Plaza extension is a natural decision. It would allow utilizing more existing resources along the corridor both in terms of existing destinations and better connecting users across multiple parts of town.

8/14/2019 11:51:09 AM

Liam Dai said...

This project is of the greatest importance for our regional transit system and will have a great positive social/economic impact on the community. As a member of the region,, I strongly support this project.

8/16/2019 9:46:59 AM

Evan Means said...

The Plaza is a marquee destination, if we want to keep it that way we must ensure high quality transit. It could also lessen the parking demand allowing for more community spaces or storefronts. This project is key to keeping kc competitive.

8/16/2019 10:07:03 AM

James Bibens said...

More streetcar is always a good thing. KC has been lucky to have a popular and successful starter system. We should keep the momentum going!

8/16/2019 3:06:39 PM

Jacob Lowe said...

This expansion of the Kansas City Streetcar system is incredibility important for the whole region. The current system has demonstrated the great transit capability of the streetcar as well as the economic development capability of the streetcar. This is a high return-on-investment initiative that should be funded!

8/18/2019 2:17:59 PM


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