Goals were established, including increasing population and economic density in the urban core, connecting existing activity centers, and providing efficient, reliable transit service. Further, a foundational goal has been to ensure that this work could be used to secure both federal and state funding for the construction of the next streetcar. A vast collection of data points were evaluated in getting to this point in the planning process. Feasibility factors, specifically cost, funding potential and community support, were analyzed for each corridor. Separately, the NextRail Committees found consensus on weighting the matrix of quality of life criteria. These broader categories – Economic Development and Neighborhood Revitalization (50%), Land Use, Demographics and Social Equity (25%), and Transportation and Mobility Improvements (25%) – were each comprised of a series of impact measures. When compiled, these criteria define a level of priority for determining which corridors would be best to study further and in the long-term could be future segments of an expanded Kansas City Streetcar system. This report lays this information out in detail, including
In total, this report provides a solid overview of each of the eight corridor’s positive attributes, as well as areas that could be strengthened; all being informed by neighborhood narratives. The goal, however, has been to prioritize which corridors are best suited for detailed analysis. Thus, based upon the recommendation from the Advisory Committee and subsequent input from the joint Technical/ Steering Committee on this initial recommendation, the following corridors are being forwarded to the City Council for endorsement: • • •
Independence Avenue Linwood Boulevard/31st Street Main Street Plus
It is also being recommended that for the combined alignment of 18th Street/Southwest Boulevard, that an enhanced non-fixed rail transit service analysis be conducted. Even though the number of initial corridors has been prioritized for detail analysis, it is important to note that all of the corridors have benefited from the study. Specifically, essential aspects of each one have come to light that will inform the greater city planning process and future allocation of resources. As evidenced in this initial analysis – as it was a century ago – in order for all of Kansas City to thrive, there must be a resilient form of connectivity for all people. That’s what a streetcar system can do. This is just the next step.
Streetcar Expansion Project
To best determine which of the eight corridors under study are most suited for more in-depth evaluation requires a data driven process. Input has been provided by a wide range of Kansas City constituents – an Advisory Committee of corridor stakeholders, a Steering Committee of public officials, a Technical Committee of experts, and a broad cross-section of the public – resulting in feedback from “all voices” in the community. This invaluable contribution has occurred through a vigorous community participation process ranging from old-fashioned hands-on interactive engagement to a targeted variety of new technologies intended to reach those not typically heard from using conventional methods.
providing additional back up data in the Appendices. After being provided direction by the Committees and City Council, the project team will undertake the next steps of this process, which will be primarily two-fold. First, recognizing that limited resources require prioritization, and a more detailed analyses of the corridors will determine preferred alignments by evaluating their commensurate lengths/termini, constructability constraints and overall costs. This will define where and how much infrastructure investment will have the highest rate of return for the community as a whole. Second, the initial work on funding strategies will be assessed to determine the breadth of funding necessary for the system’s corridor extension, and what configuration will maximize the ability to secure federal and state funding. This combined local and federal/state funding figure will determine exactly how much can be built in the next phase.
The time has come. The idea of streetcars is now the reality of streetcars. Beginning with the initial investment in infrastructure stretching from the River Market to Union Station, a foundation is being laid to establish a 21st Century fixed rail transit system to eventually serve all of Kansas City. Charged by the City of Kansas City, Missouri to examine potential corridors to extend beyond the Downtown Streetcar Starter Line, this report reflects the first level of analysis of where best this capital investment should occur.
Published on Nov 25, 2013