Light Rail & Max
The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority is asking for public input as they develop a strategic plan for Downtown’s transit future. This vision to create a more intuitive, faster, and integrated system includes transit emphasis corridors along Grand Blvd. (north and south) and 11th and 12th streets (east and west); dedicated bus lanes and improved transit stations; and new transit hubs.
Kansas City's Downtown Streetcar is moving full speed ahead. The two-mile line will run largely on Main Street from the River Market to Union Station. The streetcar will run in existing street lanes, just like other vehicles.
In 2008, voters defeated a proposal to fund a light rail line from Vivion Road and North Oak Trafficway to Bruce R. Watkins Roadway and 63rd Street. KCATA has available documents related to the planning and evaluation of the proposal.
Bus Rapid Transit premiered with the MAX in July, 2005. In 2011, Troost MAX was added. Prospect MAX is the next MAX line KCATA is planning to build.
KCATA studying the possibility of enhanced transit service along Kansas City’s Prospect Ave. corridor from downtown to 85th St. The Prospect Corridor is served by KCATA’s second busiest route, 71-Prospect, with about 6,000 passengers on a typical weekday.
Questions about Prospect MAX? Metro Area Express (MAX) – is Bus Rapid Transit service providing faster, more frequent service, featuring the latest technology in the transit industry. The Prospect MAX will run between Downtown and south Kansas City on 12th Street and Prospect Ave.
KCATA and Unified Government Transit have secured federal TIGER funding to improve the existing Minnesota/State Avenue transit corridor. The improvements will be made along the transit route that begins at the 10th & Main MetroCenter in downtown Kansas City, Mo., travels through Downtown Kansas City, Ks., and ends at Village West at 109th and Parallel Parkway in Wyandotte County before returning in the opposite direction. The route will serve activity centers and neighborhoods along State and Minnesota avenues. State Avenue Connex will be complete in 2013.
TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) is a discretionary grant program of the U.S. Department of Transportation funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. In 2010, the Kansas City region was awarded, on a competitive basis, $50 million in TIGER funding to make transportation infrastructure improvements along several regional transit corridors and in the Green Impact Zone in Kansas City, Mo. To track the progress on these projects visit the TIGER Tracker.
The trail, for both bikers and pedestrians, runs six miles, from Volker to 85th & Prospect.
Troost MAX will travel from the 10th & Main MetroCenter through downtown, the Crossroads district, Hospital Hill and south along Troost to Bannister. The route will travel on Bannister Road, east to The Trails Transit Center at 89th & Hillcrest.