Kansas City Streetcar Timeline
In summer 2012 voters in downtown Kansas City approved a Transportation Development District (TDD) to raise funds for the construction and operation of a modern streetcar line. In December 2012, voters then approved a one percent sales tax and special property assessment within the TDD. These funds will allow construction of the streetcar line to begin summer 2013.
The line, operating primarily on Main Street between the River Market and Union Station, is scheduled for completion in summer 2015. Kansas Citians will soon have an exciting and modern rail transit alternative!
Here is the tentative timeline for the downtown Kansas City streetcar project:
- Early 2013 – Vehicles ordered
- March 2013 – Bonds sold to finance construction
- Spring 2013 – Groundbreaking
- April 1, 2013 – TDD sales tax takes effect
- May 1, 2013 – Rezoning takes effect
- June 2013 – Construction begins
- November 2013 – TDD special assessments billed by Jackson County
- 2013-2014 – Construction, testing
- 2015 – Operation begins
Expanding Beyond Downtown
The downtown streetcar has always been viewed as the beginning of something great, not the end. Kansas City officials have already invested in studying possible expansions of the streetcar from downtown. Expansions could include Independence Avenue, Southwest Boulevard, 18th and 12th Streets, and continuing south on Main Street to the Plaza area. There are also discussions between Kansas City and North Kansas City about the possibility of bringing the streetcar north of the river via the Heart of America Bridge. Be sure to check back for updates as these studies move forward!