Take it to the River: Extend KC's Streetcar

Photo Courtest of Aaron Lindberg Photography

Photo Courtest of Aaron Lindberg Photography

The Kansas City Streetcar is a great asset to our city, in fact I've written about why I value it and how to ride it like a pro here.

And I'm not alone, as of January 31st, 2017 the Streetcar had hosted nearly 1.4 million riders.

Expanding North to the Missouri River

The Kansas City Business Journal recently reported that the Streetcar Authority, along with PortKC and the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, are exploring the possibility of extending the line north to Berkley Riverfront Park on the Missouri River.

I'm a fan! I've written about the importance of the Missouri River in Kansas City's history (it's why we're here today) and I have been an active user of the Berkley Riverfront Park for a decade. Nick and I love it so much that when we got two kittens in 2010 we named one Berkley (her name has since been changed to Mary... don't ask).

Extending the Streetcar South

Also brewing in 2017, are plans to expand the Streetcar 3.75 miles south on Main Street to 51st Street and Brookside Boulevard, near the UMKC campus.

Throughout 2017, Kansas Citians who live within the proposed district boundaries (from the Missouri River to about 53rd Street and from State Line roughly to Campbell Street) will have the opportunity to vote by mail and in person on whether a transportation development district should be formed for the new line. 

Extending the Streetcar will continue to cement Kansas City as a destination and a world-class city while creating value for our citizens and businesses.

Learn more about the possible streetcar expansions here.