KC Streetcar Authority

The Kansas City Streetcar Authority

The Kansas City Streetcar Authority (KCSA) is a not-for-profit organization formed for the purpose of managing, operating, and maintaining the streetcar once it is operational. In addition to overseeing streetcar operations, the KCSA supports system branding, marketing, public communication, and community engagement.


While the KCSA is a separate entity, it works closely with the City of Kansas City, Missouri and the downtown Transportation Development District (TDD) to coordinate service development and long-term management of the streetcar.


The day-to-day functions of the KCSA are managed by its staff with oversight from the Board of Directors.


For more information about the KCSA, please contact:

Ebony Jackson, Office Administrator, Kansas City Streetcar Authority

Donna Mandelbaum, Communications Director, Kansas City Streetcar Authority

Executive Director

Tom Gerend, KC Streetcar Authority


In August 2016, two new members joined the KC Streetcar Authority Board:  Jan Marcason, former 4th District City Councilmember and Jason Swords, principal with Sunflower Development Group. Michael Collins, Jeff Krum and Matt Staub also were reappointed to their positions on the KC Streetcar Authority Board.


In January 2016, the Kansas City Streetcar Authority awarded the title of Chairman Emeritus to Tom Trabon, the creator and founding chair of the KC Streetcar Authority.


Additionally, in January 2016, Mike Hagedorn, President and CEO of UMB Bank, was elected chairman of the KC Streetcar Authority; he previously served as the interim chairman as well as the vice chairman of the board. He was re-elected in January 2018. Susan Ford Robertson, Owner and CEO with the Robertson Law Group, was elected to be the vice chair of the board. Susan previously served as secretary. Jon Copaken, Principal with Copaken Brooks, was elected as treasurer and Teri Rogers, Owner and CEO of Hint, was elected as secretary.


Board of Directors

  • Mike Hagedorn, Chair (UMB Bank)
  • Susan Ford Robertson, Vice Chair (The Robertson Law Group)
  • Jon Copaken, Treasurer (Copaken Brooks)
  • George Guastello (Union Station)
  • David Johnson (KCATA)
  • Edward Merriman (Americo/DST)
  • Jason Swords (Sunflower Development Group)

Public Directors

  • (Port Authority of KC)
  • Russ Johnson
  • Jan Marcason

TDD Directors

  • Jeff Krum (Boulevard Brewing Co.)
  • Matt Staub (Proxima, LLC.)


Here is a map of the downtown Downtown TDD MapTransportation Development District boundary.








Revenue sources & maximum rates for the KC Streetcar

The downtown KC Streetcar operating budget is comprised mostly of funds collected within the TDD. Those revenues include:

  • A sales tax not to exceed 1 percent on sales within the TDD boundary
  • A special assessment on real estate within the TDD boundary, with maximum annual rates as follows:
    • 48¢ for each $100 of assessed value for commercial property ($1,536 for each $1 million of market value)
    • 70¢ for each $100 of assessed value for residential property ($266 for each $200,000 of market value)
    • $1.04 for each $100 of assessed value for property owned by the City (which would mean a total annual City payment of about $810,000)
    • 40¢ for each $100 of assessed value for real property exempt from property tax, such as religious, educational, charitable, etc. property, but only on market value more than $300,000 and less than $50 Million.
  • A supplemental special assessment on surface pay parking lots within the TDD boundary (not garages and not free parking lots). The maximum rate for the supplemental special assessment on surface pay parking lots will be $54.75 per space per year.