Team appointed to conduct Kansas City light rail extension study

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A CAF Urbos 3 tram of the Kansas City Streetcar system. Credit: KC Streetcar/Wikimedia.
A CAF Urbos 3 tram of the Kansas City Streetcar system. Credit: KC Streetcar/Wikimedia.

The Kansas City Street Authority (KCSA) has chosen a team of architects, engineers and consultants to conduct a study for the southern extension of the city’s tram system.

Agreed in conjunction with the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA), the group will assess station locations, the integration of regional transit services and begin the federal funding process, among other focuses.

The team consists of members from HDR, Burns & McDonnell, HNTB, Trekk Design Group, Hg Consult, Parson + Associates, VSM Engineering and Architectural & Historical Research.

KCATA chief executive Robbie Makinen said: “Today people recognise that public transit is so much more than moving people from point A to point B.

“It is about creating jobs, providing jobs access and providing economic development opportunities. Whether it’s by bus, bike, paratransit, taxi, walking or streetcar, we are all working together to meet the dynamic travel needs of our region.”

KC Streetcar opened for service in 2016 and is currently 2.2 miles long.

The study area (pictured below in blue) stretches from the Union Station south to the University of Missouri, near to 51st street – the route of the proposed southern extension.

The proposed tram extension route. Credit: KC Street Car.
The proposed tram extension route.
Credit: KC Streetcar.

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