Kansas City Downtown Streetcar Project
The downtown Kansas City streetcar line is on the way.
Construction of the new downtown streetcar line takes place throughout 2014 and 2015. 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 Kansas City Streetcar Authority (KCSA) Board of Directors approved the preliminary operating schedule for the KC Streetcar system at their October Board meeting on Oct. 30, 2014. 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.
Check for the latest construction updates, including an interactive map at http://www.kcstreetcar.org.
The KC Streetcar brand was announced on August 28, 2014.
Main Street will remain open with full access to businesses although the lanes may shift as the rails are laid.
To help voters understand the issue, we have a map of the proposed district and a list of frequently asked questions.
NorthRail is a planning process involving the Mid-America Regional Council and North Kansas City to look at possible expansion into the Northland.
The proposed project includes the construction and operation of a streetcar line in Downtown Kansas City, Missouri, on Main Street. The alignment would begin with a loop around the City Market on the North and then run south on Main Street to the Union Station/Crown Center area, and then back to the City Market.
This video is from the streetcar in Zaragoza Spain, designed by the same company, CAF, that is designing KC’s streetcars. It shows what the modern streetcar looks and sounds like as it moves through traffic in a similar way as it will in Kansas City.
McCaskill Announces $20 Million TIGER Grant for Kansas City Streetcar
“This is fantastic news for families and businesses in Kansas City,” Senator McCaskill said. “This streetcar project will encourage housing, construction, and business development in the city-and that will mean more jobs across the region.” Read the news release.
Finding of No Significant Impact – FONSI
Initial Schedule as of December 2012
Environmental Assessment Appendix A: Agency Coordination
Environmental Assessment Appendix B: Environmental Justice Technical Memorandum
Environmental Assessment Appendix C: Noise and Vibration Technical Memorandum
Environmental Desktop Review Streetcar Route Technical Report
Attachment 1 Streetcar Route Location Map
Attachment 2 EDR Database Report
Attachment 3 Historical Aerial Photographs
Attachment 4A Sanborn Map Search (North)
Attachment 4B Sanborn Map Search (South)
Attachment 5 Historical Topographic Maps
Attachment 6A City Directory Searches (North)
Attachment 6B City Directory Searches (South)
Vehicle Maintenance Facility Candidate Sites
Advanced Conceptual Engineering documents
NextRail looked at extending the line along three corridors: East along Independence Avenue, east along Linwood Boulevard and farther south along Main Street.
The August 5, 2014 election defeated the ballot question concerning a proposed expansion of Kansas City’s streetcar system. The question asks whether voters approve of the formation of a Transportation Development District (TDD). If that election approves the TDD formation, then a second election in November would ask for voter approval of the exact funding streams- the sales tax and the special assessment. Only voters within the boundaries of the proposed TDD will see the question on their ballot.