Streetcar Officials Tweak Stops On Proposed Extension To UMKC | KCUR

Streetcar Officials Tweak Stops On Proposed Extension To UMKC

May 17, 2018

The team behind a potential southern streetcar expansion has refined the proposed stops. 

Voters who live near the streetcar have yet to decide whether to approve a 1 percent sales tax and special property tax assessment to help fund the $230 million dollar project. Notarized ballots are due to the Jackson County courthouse by 5 p.m. June 12. 

If approved, the extension would run along Main Street from the end of the current line at Union Station to 51st street near the UMKC campus. 

The changes include moving a stop originally planned at Linwood to 31st street and placing the Cleaver Boulevard stop between Cleaver Boulevard and Ward Parkway.  The 31st stop would connect the streetcar to an existing bus route. 

The revised streetcar stop locations along Main Street are 25th Street, 31st Street, Armour Boulevard, 39th Street, 43rd Street, Cleaver Boulevard/Ward Parkway and 51st Street. 

The map of the revised streetcar stops includes changes to the Linwood stop and the Cleaver Boulevard stop.
Credit RideKC

Streetcar officials did not change either of the stops near Westport. Some businesses in the entertainment district have voiced concerns that the stops are too far to justify the cost to them in taxes and special assessments. 

Streetcar proponents say the streetcar would improve walkability in the area and spur development along the line.

In a press release, streetcar officials say the changes are based on additional technical analysis and community input. 

Lisa Rodriguez is a reporter and the afternoon newscaster for KCUR 89.3. Follow her on Twitter @larodrig