The Next Rail project team for the Phase 2 streetcar extension is having the second round of corridor workshops starting this week.
Corridor Workshops Round #2
Linwood Boulevard/31st Street Corridor MeetingWednesday, February 26 @ 6-8 PM Mohart Multi-Purpose Center 3200 Wayne Ave, Kansas City, MO 64109
Independence Avenue Corridor MeetingThursday, February 27 @ 6-7:30 PM Don Bosco Senior Center 580 Campbell St, Kansas City, MO 64106
Main Street Plus Corridor MeetingThursday, March 6 @ 6-8 PM St. Paul’s Episcopal Church 4041 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64111
Get the latest information, ask questions and express your concerns or undying support for the project. Some misinformation is already circulating about the proposed streetcar system. Don’t let bad information affect your judgment of the project.
Another way to get a deeper understanding of what is being planned is to read the System Wide Analysis that Next Rail published in November 2013. Next Rail KC System Overview
Last November this report provided the basis for choosing the three routes for further study. The information in this preliminary report is being used to advance the plan, including an amendment to the region’s Long-Range Transportation Plan at MARC, and developing the potential boundaries of the Transportation Development District (TDD). Read the Next Rail FAQ on the proposed TDD and information on the tax structure. Proposed-Expansion-TDD-FAQ
An important question for the workshops is “Has the subsequent detailed study of the three selected corridors changed any of the assumptions or outcomes from the preliminary report?”
The final report isn’t due until the end of March or beginning of April, so the plan is still in flux, and public input can make a difference.
Pages 10-11 of the Next Rail System Overview report have the evaluation matrix used to choose the routes. It includes summary information like projected cost and preliminary ridership numbers. It is clear why the city chose Main Street, Independence Avenue and 31st Street/Linwood for further study. However, since the numbers in this report are only preliminary, expect to see changes in the final report.
Although everyone wants to know which routes will go forward, you won’t hear that yet. Here is a table of the possible streetcar lengths, not including the downtown streetcar of 2.2 miles. The maximum length of all the streetcar routes being considered for the extension is 16.4 miles. Obviously the city isn’t going to construct all of this now. The city has talked about 8-10 miles of additional routes, but that depends on how much federal money it can get. Help the city determine the highest priorities for construction.
BUSES: We are concerned about how the streetcar will coordinate with bus service in the three corridors, particularly the extent to which riders might have to transfer between streetcar and bus to complete trips that do not currently require a transfer.
Starting on page 120 of the Next Rail System Overview there is a section titled Impacts on existing transit service that generally describes how the streetcar service would integrate with the current bus transit system. Keep in mind that this is a plan and can be changed.
Please attend the Corridor Workshops and bring your questions.
As discussions continue about streetcar extensions, don’t forget how exciting it is that construction has started on the Downtown Streetcar. Remember the journey to get to this point and watch TAN’s videos on the KC Streetcar Stroll and the party celebrating the election win, KC Streetcar Party, on TAN videos