Heavy on transit study to Kansas City stadium this week

Kansas City, Mo — High capacity public transportation can come to the stadium in Kansas City’s Truman Sports Complex.

Tuesday night was the public’s first chance to weigh in on whether they’d like to see an east-west streetcar through Kansas City.

If you’re going north-south through Kansas City you can take the MAX bus to Troost Avenue and Prospect or the streetcar down Main. But public transport riders don’t have the option of greater capacity and often go east-west.

“What we need to do is connect our regional transit system better and make better connections east and west and what makes the most sense for the community,” said Kansas City Transit Authority Communications Director Donna Mandelbaum.

So RideKC and the Kansas City Streetcar Authority are studying to connect the University of Kansas Health System with the Truman Sports Complex.

While the idea of ​​bringing streetcars to Arrowhead may be appealing to some, the first public meeting about the proposal raised questions.

“Current transportation that we have limited capacity as many people go to the game I don’t know if everyone will fit on one tram? But I wonder how often it will run and if it goes to the stadium will we see a lot of use?” Tanner Gatlin asked .

The plan is still being developed. It can be a mix between MAX bus and tram. Phase 1 is figuring out which route to take.

“If you’re on the west side of KC and you want to connect to Midtown and east which route do you use? Do you use 39th and then connect to Linwood via Main? How are you going to use that to get to the things you need,” Mandelbaum listed the questions that is still on the table.

People had the opportunity to put a sticker on their favorite of the four potential routes between 31. and 39. Street (Linwood and 35. St. included) and in what factor a new east-west connector is important to them.

“We need to move people not cars that’s the idea,” said Wayne Copple.

There is no estimate on the cost of the project, federal funding may be available. And if you’re hoping to save on parking at the stadium, it could still cost you.

“It’s too early to say whether the East West connection will be free to ride. It all depends on how the budget works out,” Mandelbaum said.

There will be another meeting on Wednesday from 17:00 to 20:00 at the Linwood YMCA / James B. Nutter Center at 3800 Linwood Avenue.

Then Thursday from noon to 1 pm You can also enter the virtual meeting at eastwesttransit.org.

They expect results from the study by next spring.

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