Thank you to everyone who joined us at an in-person or virtual public meeting for the RideKC East-West Transit Study! In case you missed it, the virtual public meeting recording, resources and materials are available below. Your participation is critical to ensuring the needs of transit riders and the community are heard.
For this round of public engagement the deadline to submit comments has passed, but you can still view alignment options online.
The online map displays alignment alternatives that are under evaluation, along with the criteria for which the alternatives are being evaluated. The project study area is divided into three segment alignments: west, middle, and east. Each segment alignment contains options for different routes.
The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA), in cooperation with several project partners, is evaluating an east-west, high-capacity transit connection between the The University of Kansas Health System and Rock Island Corridor/Truman Sports Complex (Kauffman Stadium and Arrowhead Stadium).
For the study, the KCATA is working in conjunction with the Kansas City Streetcar Authority (KCSA); City of Kansas City, Missouri (KCMO); Jackson County, Missouri; Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas (UG); and The University of Kansas Health System (KUHS).
The general project study area is from Rainbow Boulevard to the west and the Truman Sports Complex to the east, and 31st Street to the north and 43rd Street to the south.
This study will provide a roadmap to help fill existing east-west transportation gaps, connecting into primary north-south transit corridors, as well as give communities in Wyandotte County and Eastern Jackson County the opportunity to leverage regional assets.
To the west, The University of Kansas Health System is an ever-growing medical campus that is a regional resource and employment hub. The high demand to access this area has also created a growing parking challenge, and stronger multimodal connections could help to mitigate the parking supply problem.
To the east is the Truman Sports Complex. Although recent developments have substantiated past claims of potential relocation of the Kansas City Royals, this is still a high priority area for increased transit access. Regardless of speculation around a downtown baseball stadium, this area continues to be a significant node for the region.
No recent study has analyzed feasibility of high-capacity connections to the streetcar spine and existing north-south MAX services crossing the state line between Kansas and Missouri. The extension of the streetcar south to 51st Street and Brookside Boulevard and north to the Berkley Riverfront makes an east-west connection much more impactful to areas on both sides of the streetcar spine. This study is necessary to examine the technical and financial feasibility of an east-west connection and will help determine next steps to make it a reality.
Previous studies have established the corridors below as possible high-capacity transit opportunities:
Your participation will help guide this study to build a regional transit system that will better connect the greater Kansas City region. Your feedback is critical to ensure the future of high-capacity transit in Kansas City is equitable, transformative and sustainable.
This study started in April 2022 and will take approximately one year to complete.
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