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East-West Transit Study

 

Pick one or all! Upcoming public meeting opportunities 

Your feedback is critical to evaluate transit connections for the RideKC East-West Transit Study. Join the project team at an in-person, open house or virtual public meeting to review proposed transit alignments and provide comments.

Tuesday, October 4 Thursday, October 6 Tuesday, October 11
In person
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Drexel Hall
3301 Baltimore Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64111
 
In person
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Linwood YMCA/
James B. Nutter, Sr. Community Center

3800 Linwood Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64128
Virtual
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
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View Alignment Options and Provide Feedback!

The KCATA and East-West Transit Study team would like your feedback to help narrow down alignment options. View an interactive 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. 

There are three surveys about segment alignments and one about screening criteria. Submit your feedback by Friday, November 4, 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? 

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.

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: An initial survey to guide the study's purpose and need was open through June 17, 2022. The survey is now closed. Thank you for your feedback!
  • 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.