Government
7:34 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Kansas City Streetcar Phase II: East, South Or Both?

Artist's rendering of proposed Main Street streetcar line
Artist's rendering of proposed Main Street streetcar line
Credit Submitted photo / City of Kansas City, Mo.

Plans for Phase II of a streetcar system roll on. And though where the second stretch of track will be laid is not decided yet, the choices are narrowing.

The report the city council heard Thursday recommends one or more extensions of streetcar line, with the highest scores for routes south on Main to 51st Street, east on Linwood or 31st Street for several miles and/or east on Independence Avenue to Benton. Those selections rated highest on a combination of factors including potential economic development.

Mayor Sly James told the council the yet unbuilt Phase I is already paying off in that respect with 33 projects started or planned and more to be announced soon.

Among other factors included in the scoring were potential ridership and availability of funding.

The council will vote on gathering further data in two weeks.

 

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