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Legislation #: 080809 Introduction Date: 8/7/2008
Type: Resolution Effective Date: 9/14/2008
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBER FUNKHOUSER
Title: Supporting the efforts of the Kansas City Area Rock Island Corridor Coalition to protect the Old Rock Island Railroad corridor for trail and future transit use and agreeing to participate as a member of the Kansas City Area Rock Island Corridor Coalition.

Legislation History
DateMinutesDescription
8/6/2008 Filed by the Clerk's office
8/7/2008 Referred to Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
8/21/2008 Be Adopted
8/21/2008 Assigned to Third Read Calendar
9/4/2008 Adopted

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RESOLUTION NO. 080809

 

Supporting the efforts of the Kansas City Area Rock Island Corridor Coalition to protect the Old Rock Island Railroad corridor for trail and future transit use and agreeing to participate as a member of the Kansas City Area Rock Island Corridor Coalition.

 

WHEREAS, the State of Missouri is working on an extension of the Missouri KATY Trail State Park from Windsor, Missouri to Pleasant Hill, Missouri alongside the tract owned by Ameren UE; and

 

WHEREAS, local officials, the business community and the public have continued to express support to connect the Kansas City metro area with the Missouri KATY Trail State Park for over a decade; and

 

WHEREAS, the old Rock Island Railroad corridor from Pleasant Hill to Kansas City near the Truman Sports Complex offers the best opportunity to connect the Missouri KATY Trail State Park to the heart of the Kansas City metropolitan area; and

 

WHEREAS, the old Rock Island Railroad corridor has been identified in local and regional plans as an important alternative transportation corridor for non-motorized and public transit purposes; and

 

WHEREAS, Union Pacific as the current owner of the old Rock Island Railroad corridor from Pleasant Hill to Kansas City (Leeds Junction) has expressed a willingness to negotiate access to the corridor with the cities of Lees Summit and Raytown; and

 

WHEREAS, representatives from the cities of Kansas City, Lees Summit, Raytown, Greenwood and Pleasant Hill and Jackson and Cass Counties have agreed to form a Kansas City Area Rock Island Corridor Coalition (Corridor to the KATY); and

 

WHEREAS, the Kansas City Area Rock Island Corridor Coalition desires to approach Union Pacific Railroad to negotiate on behalf of the interested cities and counties for the protection of the corridor for trail and future transit use; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

Section 1. That the Council supports the efforts of the Kansas City Area Rock Island Corridor Coalition to protect the Old Rock Island Railroad corridor (corridor to the KATY) for trail and future transit use, and to allow for a Kansas City connection to the KATY Trail State Park.

 

Section 2. That the Council agrees to participate as a member of the Kansas City Area Rock Island Corridor Coalition to support protection of the corridor.

 

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