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On January 12, the official website of the KC Streetcar Main Street Extension construction was launched. This website is managed by the KC Streetcar Constructors, the Construction Manager-at-Risk for the construction of the Main Street Extension.
On Friday, January 8, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the City of Kansas City, Mo., officially signed the Full Federal Funding Agreement (FFGA) for the KC Streetcar Main Street Extension at a brief ceremony at the KC Streetcar Singleton Yard.
The milestone event was held on January 8 at 11a.m. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the event was closed to the public, but those interested in participating tuned in virtually on the KC Streetcar’s official Facebook page (www.facebook.com/kcstreetcar).
The FFGA signing event featured FTA Deputy Administrator K. Jane Williams, Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas and City Manager Brian Platt, local elected officials, members of the KC Streetcar Authority Board of Directors, the KC Area Transportation Authority, the City of Kansas City, MO, project partners, and more.
“FTA is proud to support the expansion of the Kansas City Streetcar, which will link riders with jobs and educational opportunities at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, along with access to community services along the line,” said FTA Deputy Administrator K. Jane Williams. “The project reflects our partnership with Kansas City to improve transit service and support economic development.”
On November 20, 2020, the KC Streetcar Main Street Extension project team held its quarterly Advisory Committee Meeting with community stakeholders. This group of individuals represent the stakeholders along the Main Street corridor and include small businesses, residents, students, educational institutions, art organizations, commercial & retail entities, and community advocates. They are the stakeholders that help to inform this project to make it the KC Streetcar service built by, and for, the community.
The KC Streetcar Main Street Extension project team held a public meeting on Thursday, February 21, 2019, from 4:30 – 6:30pm at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church.
If you missed the February 2019 public meeting, click here for the plot map of the entire Main Street Extension.
The KC Streetcar project team recently applied for federal funding for the Main Street Extension to University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), marking a crucial step in moving the street extension project towards construction.
Late last week, the KC Streetcar project team, consisting of the KC Streetcar Authority (KCSA), the KC Area Transportation Authority (KCATA), and the City of Kansas City, MO (KCMO), submitted the formal application to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for the New Starts Capital Investment Grants Program, seeking $151 million dollars in federal funding and inclusion in the federal 2020-year budget to support the estimated $316 million-dollar project.
The New Starts grant program funds transit capital investments including heavy rail, commuter rail, light rail, streetcars and bus rapid transit systems. Both federal and local funding are needed to move this project into design and construction. Local funding was approved by the voters in the establishment of the Main Street Rail Transportation Development District (TDD).
Read more about the CIG New Starts federal funding process here. Click the below links to review sections of the KC Streetcar Main Street Extension to UMKC New Starts Grant Application:
The KC Streetcar project team, consisting of the KC Streetcar Authority (KCSA), the KC Area Transportation Authority (KCATA), the City of Kansas City, MO (KCMO), and the consultant team led by HDR, Inc., has continued to advance the project planning for the Main Street Extension to UMKC, including work to refine streetcar stop locations, track alignments, and coordinated transit connections. Based on the technical analyses, public feedback, and detailed evaluation of the merits of each lane placement, or track alignment (outside-running vs. center-running), the project team will be advancing the outside-running alternative into the next phase of detailed project design. More information about the process can be found here. Click here for the full KC Streetcar Main Street Extension Track Alignment Analysis.
The KC Streetcar project team held the second public meeting for the Main Street Extension to UMKC on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Midtown. The materials presented are below:
The KC Streetcar Main Street Extension project is being planned through a data driven process through a partnership of the KCSA, the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority and the City of Kansas City, Missouri. In order to build the best streetcar extension for Kansas City, we need to be mindful of the following:
The Purpose and Need of the Main Street Extension is:
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 Main Street 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 Main Street 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. Next Main Street Extension TDD Election os Saturday, October 7, 2017. KC Streetcar Southern Extension TDD map: