Kansas City Downtown Streetcar Project
Kansas City Announces Opening Date of KC Streetcar
During the first weekend of May, Kansas City will throw a series of street parties along the streetcar route as residents and visitors celebrate our dynamic downtown in a family-friendly environment. Together with Mayor Sly James and the City of Kansas City, Missouri, the KC Streetcar Authority announced Friday, May 6, 2016, as the first day of public ridership on the KC Streetcar.
Mayor Sly James said the grand opening of the KC Streetcar is more than a celebration of the end of construction. “This is the first step of what I believe will be a truly historic transformation of the entire city,” James said. “Building owners and developers have completed, started or announced more than $1.6 billion in construction in the KC Streetcar district since the route was announced three years ago. I’m confident the entire city will find new momentum as the KC Streetcar energizes the heart of our community.”
The grand opening marks the launch of the KC Streetcar system while highlighting all the wonderful things that make downtown Kansas City a unique and fantastic place to live, work and play. The KC Streetcar runs through the heart of downtown, connecting neighborhoods along the route: the River Market; the Central Business District; the Crossroads Arts District; and the Union Station and Crown Center area.
“For many Kansas Citians, this day is long in the making,” said Mike Hagedorn, Chairman of the KC Streetcar Authority and president & CEO of UMB Bank. “This weekend in May will not only be a time to celebrate the KC Streetcar but to also celebrate the people, businesses, and landmarks that make downtown so wonderful,” said Hagerdorn.
The streetcar line will feature free Wi-Fi coverage from River Market to Union Station. Over 300 Wi-Fi transmitters will provide coverage beyond the streetcar line.
Kansas City has more than one billion dollars in economic development underway within the boundaries of the KC Streetcar TDD, or Transportation Development District. As of April, 2016, this includes more than $1.7 billion in development projects completed, in progress or publicly announced since voters approved the streetcar in December 2012.
This economic activity is the result of a combination of initiatives, demonstrating real growth in downtown Kansas City.
The chart also shows the subtotal of projects where the developer directly attributed the project and its location to the KC Streetcar. That amount is currently $381 million and focuses on projects right along the streetcar line, or within a block or two.
View updated parking maps with parking lots and garages close to the streetcar line.
The KC Streetcar system will operate seven days a week, with service running from 6 a.m. to midnight on Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, and 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.
Respect the Rail! Streetcar safety program launched.
The theme of “Respect the Rail. Be Smart. Be Safe. Be Ready” encourages pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists to be alert as we introduce the streetcar into the fabric of our downtown environment. In line with the KC Streetcar Brand, the safety messaging and related imagery are informative, energetic and friendly. It speaks to all riders, potential riders and the surrounding community as well as pedestrians, motorists and cyclists. The safety messages are very clear, easy to understand and put a fun, positive spin on safety.
The City of Kansas City, Missouri operates its programs and services without regard to race, color, and national origin in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. Any person who believes she or he has been aggrieved by any unlawful discriminatory practice under Title VI may file a complaint with the City of Kansas City, Missouri.
To read the history of the KC streetcar, visit our archive page.