On Monday, February 24, Jackson County announced that it reached an agreement with the Union Pacific Railroad to potentially purchase nearly 21 miles of rail corridor. “Today commuter rail becomes a possibility for the citizens of Jackson County,” said County Executive Mike Sanders at Monday’s Legislative meeting. The agreement gives Jackson County the exclusive right to purchase the tracks, when it comes up with the $59.9 million required for the deal. + more
The tracks on the table include the 15 mile Rock Island corridor running through Kansas City, Raytown, and Lee’s Summit, as well as two other lines primarily in Independence. Acquiring the Rock Island would open the doors to running commuter rail to eastern Jackson County, and would also help connect to the State-wide Katy Trail Park. This acquisition is vital to a multimodal regional transit future for our area.
The other two lines, known as the Pixley Spur and Independence Power and Light Spur, allow Jackson County to find other ways for running regional rail to eastern communities such as Independence and Blue Springs. This could provide ways around the disagreement between the county and the Kansas City Southern Railroad about a western terminus for commuter rail.
Although financing has not been secured, Federal representatives have already voiced their support for the project. The County hopes to have most if not all of the $59.9 million covered by Federal and State grants. Learn more about Jackson County’s vision for regional rail and trails.
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