Kansas City Streetcar Project Receives Envision® Platinum Sustainable Infrastructure Award
The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) announced today that the Kansas City Streetcar Project, owned by the City of Kansas City, Missouri and managed by the Kansas City Streetcar Authority, recently earned the Envision Platinum award for sustainable infrastructure, which is the highest level of the Envision rating system. This is the first transit project, and specifically the first streetcar project, to receive an ISI Envision sustainable infrastructure rating – and the 17th project overall to receive Envision recognition.
The Kansas City Streetcar was developed to support the city’s downtown revitalization after voters approved sustainable funding through local taxes in 2011. The area within two blocks on either side of the streetcar route is home to 65,000 employees and 4,600 residents; and more than 10 million people visit destinations of interest in the corridor annually. Since the streetcar project was announced, the area has welcomed more than 40 development projects totaling about $1.8 billion in economic activity, and ridership has far exceeded expectations.
Propelled by an active partnership between the City, Kansas City Streetcar Authority (KCSA), Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA), Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), Jackson County, Kansas City Downtown Transportation Development District, and HDR (as the lead planning and design firm), the streetcar project moved from the alternatives analysis phase to final design in less than two years. Design was completed in March 2014, and construction was completed at the end of 2015, followed by a period of testing before opening to the public in May 2016.
“Public transit is the type of infrastructure that inherently promotes sustainability,” said ISI President and CEO William Bertera. “Providing mobility options and reducing congestion improves quality of life and strengthens cohesion within a community. The Kansas City Streetcar has incorporated additional sustainability features throughout its planning and design – not only in the physical design features, but in its strategy for sustainable growth and economic development, and long-term management of stakeholder processes and community relationship-building.”