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On April 6, the KCSA issued a Request for Proposals for Design Services to study a southern extension of the KC Streetcar service. Click here for the full Request for Proposals (RFP). Proposals from qualified firms were due to the KCSA on May 2, 2017.
The KC Streetcar Authority (KCSA), in coordination with the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA), selected the team led by HDR to conduct a KC Streetcar Southern Extension study to assess multi- modal transportation needs. The KC Streetcar Southern Extension Technical Services will build upon the downtown streetcar service and will support work required to further develop and advance the southern extension towards the University of Missouri, Kansas City (UMKC).
In addition to HDR serving as the project lead, the team consists of members from Burns & McDonnell, HNTB, Trekk Design Group, Hg Consult, Parson + Associates, VSM Engineering and Architectural & Historical Research.
The KC Streetcar Southern Extension study will focus on following:
− Data collection (utilities, current conditions, etc.)
− Refining alignment details (curb-running / center-running)
− Station stop locations and terminus configuration
− Plan for coordinated regional transit service integration and improvement
− Updated cost estimates
− Initiation of federal funding process
The KCSA has developed a coordinated project development process with key project partners such as the City of Kansas City, Missouri; the KC Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) and the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC). This approach is inclusive of key project stakeholders in Kansas City and on the proposed route such as property owners, residents, neighborhood groups, community organizations, etc.
The Main Street extension proposal advances implementation of the strongest streetcar expansion corridor & long-standing regional transit vision as indicated in Kansas City Region’s Long-Range Transit Vision, “Smart Moves.” This extension proposal also builds on the success of the downtown streetcar starter-line, while further strengthening that route and extending benefits to a larger population and job centers.
Additional information about the Main Street Streetcar Extension can be found on the KC Regional Transit Alliance website.
A fact sheet about the proposed Transportation Development District (TDD) that will extend the KC Streetcar to UMKC and help fund the operations and maintenance of the KC Streetcar, can be found here: Main Street Streetcar Extension.
On September 28, 2016, the Jackson County Court ruled that the Main Street Extension TDD election is legal and can proceed forward in 2017. Read the full decision here.
Based on recent City Council discussions (September 2016), the TDD election schedule was modified slightly.
The KC Streetcar Authority, along with Port KC and the KCATA, will embark on a preliminary study to assess general feasibility, potential, and merit for northern extension of KC Streetcar to connect to Berkley Riverfront Park. Beyond the KC Streetcar, the feasibility study will look at all transit options to connect downtown to the Riverfront including biking, walking and on-demand transit. The Kansas City Streetcar Authority, Port KC and the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) will serve as partners during this preliminary study.
Berkley Riverfront Park is adjacent to downtown Kansas City and the existing downtown Kansas City Streetcar starter-line. The Riverfront district has long been planned for improvement and redevelopment but has been hindered by limited access due to topography, railroad tracks, and constrained transportation connections despite its close proximity (1/2 mile from current route).
A northern streetcar extension would link the downtown core at 3rd and Grand directly to our historic riverfront, providing valuable recreation and quality of life benefits, and serving as a catalyst for activating, densifying, and expediting development plans currently underway.
The feasibility study is expected to take approximately 6 months to complete. Any decision to advance the concept for additional detailed study or implementation would be made after completion of the feasibility study.
The estimated cost of the feasibility study is $225,000, and will be a shared cost between the Kansas City Streetcar Authority, Port KC and the KCATA.
In December 2016, the team lead by Burns & McDonnell was selected to conduct the Streetcar Riverfront Extension and Multi-Modal Feasibility Study to assess multi-modal transportation needs and a potential northern riverfront extension of the Kansas City Streetcar.
Want to learn more about various regional transit and streetcar studies? Find the info on our archive page here: Streetcar Studies