One runs on rails.
The other on rubber tires.
As different as the Kansas City streetcar is from a bus, the two are very much like family, depending on each other to form a successful transit system.
Transportation planners are working to integrate Kansas City’s bus and streetcar systems to ensure a smooth and seamless transition for riders that will be emblematic of our regional vision of transit.
The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority and the Kansas City Streetcar Authority are working in tandem so that both systems will feed off each other as part of a single transportation network when the streetcar begins operating next year.
While the downtown streetcar only stretches two miles from Union Station to the River Market, it will offer a fresh new look at public transportation in Kansas City.
“It’s a great opportunity for us to attract new riders to the bus system as well as the streetcar,” said Dick Jarrold, vice president of regional planning and development for the KCATA.
“The streetcar will attract new riders to transit,” Jarrold said. “We expect that many people will then give the rest of the system a try because it’s easy to use.”
There are a number of ways the new downtown streetcar will mesh with the bus service, creating a synergy benefiting both transit options. This is how the streetcar and buses will mix:
“We have a great promotional opportunity,” Jarrold said of the integrated bus and streetcar systems. “We want people to use this to get around not just downtown, but to make transit connections to other parts of the community as well.”
KCATA and the Streetcar Constructors examine bus access at streetcar stations.