FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 24, 2015
This evening, Kansas City celebrated the installation of the first streetcar station stop, located at 16th and Main streets, with a party at the newly constructed streetcar platform. Presentations from Mayor Sly James; Tom Gerend, Executive Director for the Kansas City Street Car Authority; and Anton Kotar, owner of Anton’s Taproom, preceded official unveiling of Kansas City’s first streetcar station stop. The public was invited to a free outdoor celebration which offered food and drinks from Anton’s Taproom and Nara, and live musical entertainment from Frankowski. Future streetcar riders enjoyed the opportunity to sit inside Kansas City’s first streetcar station, explore the platform features, and snap ‘selfies’ in anticipation of the arrival of Kansas City’s modern streetcar.
“Just as we predicted, the streetcar has stimulated a tremendous amount of investment, economic activity and innovation in downtown,’ Mayor Sly James said. “This project is an example of what happens when a community decides to execute a bold vision. KC Streetcar is a physical manifestation of a new Kansas City attitude and approach to building a vibrant and connected city for the next 50 years.”
Kansas City’s streetcar is expected to be fully operational in 2016, and will feature 16 station stops along the 2-mile route. The streetcar has instigated $1 billion in new downtown developments, including 3,500 new housing units. As part of the streetcar construction, Kansas City invested $22 million to improve aging water and sewer lines. Kansas City’s Smart City initiative will be integrated into the operation of the streetcar.
About Kansas City’s Streetcar Station Stops:
Kansas City’s streetcar station stops include ADA-compliant level boarding for both streetcar and bus vehicles, which reduce the overall number of transit platforms along Main Street and reduce maintenance costs. Some of the 16 stops will have an artistic element as part of the City’s 1% for Art Program. The stops were designed by HDR Engineering and the shelters and markers were fabricated by Dimensional Innovations. The KC Streetcar Constructors are managing the construction of the 16 streetcar stops, and concrete and platform work was performed by Kissick Construction.
Media inquiries should be directed to Chris Hernandez, Director of City Communications, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 816-513-3474.