Kansas City Downtown Streetcar Project
The status of streetcar project was presented to the Council Business Session on Aug. 27. View the presentation, which includes photos of the City’s first streetcars and the construction of others.
The downtown Kansas City streetcar line is nearly here!
Construction of the new downtown streetcar line is expected to be completed in fall 2015 followed by a period of testing. Riders will be on board for free trips between the River Market and Union Station/Crown Center in early 2016.
Kansas City has more than one billion dollars in economic development underway within the boundaries of the KC Streetcar TDD, or Transportation Development District. This includes more than $1 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.
Check for the latest construction updates, including an interactive map at http://www.kcstreetcar.org.
To read the history of the KC streetcar, visit our archive page.