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East-West Transit Study

Take the survey! How would you use an east-west transit connection? Your feedback will help determine the needs and priorities for the RideKC East-West Transit Study. All survey responses must be received by June 17, 2022.

What is the KCATA East-West Transit Study? 

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). 

Who are the study partners? 

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).

Where are the study boundaries? 

East-West Transit Study project study area map

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.

What is the purpose of the study?

Building on the RideKC Smart Moves Regional Transit & Mobility Plan, the purpose of the East-West Transit Study is to consider the feasibility of additional transit investment in the corridor that would:

  • Put people first. The community will help guide the project team in determining how high-capacity transportation can best serve them.
  • Improve east-west connectivity by expanding high-capacity mobility choices - bus rapid transit (BRT), streetcar and other multi-modal transit options - to better connect existing and potential new riders to jobs and services.
  • Provide improved accessibility for transit users.
  • Provide more frequent transit service within the corridor.

Why is the study needed?

This study is needed for the following reasons:

  • To provide transit-dependent neighborhoods with more access to opportunity, businesses, and employment centers within the corridor.
  • To provide more frequent connections to the spine of Kansas City’s regional transportation system.
  • To support and enhance reinvestment in the corridor and its economic and community vitality.
  • To identify the best opportunities to connect communities east and west of the regional transit spine.

Why is this study being performed? 

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.

What makes the KCATA East-West Transit study different from past studies? 

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.

What corridors will be studied, specifically? 

Previous studies have established the corridors below as possible high-capacity transit opportunities: 

  • Linwood Boulevard
  • 31st Street 
  • Armour Boulevard/35th Street
  • 39th Street 
  • 43rd Street
  • U.S. 40 coming in north of the Truman Sports Complex 
  • Utilizing Stadium Drive through Leeds neighborhood

How can I participate in the KCATA East-West Transit Study? 

  • Survey: Take a survey and submit your feedback that will help guide the project team throughout the duration of the study. Hard-copy surveys will be available at multiple locations along the study corridor. La encuesta también está disponible en español.
  • Community presentations: The project team is eager to present to your community, neighborhood, business, or other group to answer questions and discuss the project. To submit a speaker request, please contact Alex Miller at alex@parsonkc.com or by phone at 816-601-0137. 
  • Public meeting: Check back for information.
  • Interactive map: Check back for information.

Why should I participate in this study? 

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. 

How long is the study? 

This study started in April 2022 and will take approximately one year to complete.

Who is the study contact for more information?

For language translation options and more information about the East-West Transit study or to request a project team member at an upcoming meeting, please contact Alex Miller at alex@parsonkc.com or by phone at 816-601-0137.