News from City Hall
City Communications Office
City of Kansas City, Mo.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 10, 2012
City schedules open houses seeking more input on KC Downtown Streetcar project
The City of Kansas City, Mo., will host a series of public open houses on May 15, 16 and 17 throughout the downtown area to discuss conceptual plans for the proposed Kansas City Downtown Streetcar project. During the open houses, the public will be able to review project exhibits that illustrate the streetcar route, explain construction timing, outline applicable studies and plans, and review the project’s funding strategy. City representatives and consultant team members will be present to answer questions and discuss issues or concerns.
“Now is the perfect time for community members to engage in the KC Downtown Streetcar project,” said Russ Johnson, Second District Councilman and chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. “We have a solid plan, but none of the details are set in stone. Now is the time to talk with project team members so we can consider and incorporate your suggestions during the engineering phase.”
The meetings are scheduled as follows:
Tuesday, May 15, 4-7 p.m.
KC Public Library - Downtown Branch, Helzberg Auditorium
14 W. 10th St., Kansas City, MO 64105
Wednesday, May 16, 4-7 p.m.
Steamboat Arabia Museum – Atrium
400 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64106
Thursday, May 17, 4-7 p.m.
Union Station - Arthur Stilwell Room (on C-level near the new Grand Gallery)
30 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108
Short, identical presentations will be given at 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.
The proposed downtown streetcar is a starter line for an expanded regional transit system that serves downtown. As recommended by the recently completed Downtown Corridor Alternatives Analysis, the streetcar will provide an attractive transit option to more conveniently connect people and places. It will also support regional and city efforts to develop downtown Kansas City as a more vibrant and successful urban center. The total project is estimated to cost $100 million. If the project is approved, construction is expected to begin mid- to late-2013, with an anticipated opening in mid-2015.
Additional materials and updates on the project, as well as other regional studies, can be found on the Mid-America Regional Council’s Smart Moves website at www.kcsmartmoves.org. Any person with a disability who desires reasonable accommodation to attend this meeting may contact the City’s 311 Action Center at 311 or 816-513-1313, or for TTY, 816-513-1889, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Media inquiries and other requests for more information about the Kansas City Downtown Streetcar project should be directed to Sean Demory, Public Works Department, at 816-513-0059.