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Legislation #: 130884 Introduction Date: 11/7/2013
Type: Resolution Effective Date: none
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBER JOHNSON
Title: Approving the corridor evaluation process implemented for the Phase II – Streetcar/Light Rail Expansion Analysis project; and endorsing the City’s preferred corridors for detailed alignment analysis.

Legislation History
DateMinutesDescription
11/6/2013 Filed by the Clerk's office
11/7/2013 Referred to PZE and Transportation Joint Comittee
11/21/2013 Immediate Adoption as a Committee Substitute
11/21/2013 Adopted as Substituted

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COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR RESOLUTION NO. 130884

 

Approving the corridor evaluation process implemented for the Phase II – Streetcar/Light Rail Expansion Analysis project; and endorsing the City’s preferred corridors for detailed alignment analysis.

 

WHEREAS, the City, working in collaboration with the Mid-America Regional Council, Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, Jackson County, Missouri, and numerous community stakeholders selected a consultant team led by BNIM to perform the Phase II – Streetcar/Light Rail Expansion Analysis project; and

 

WHEREAS, the consultant team was tasked with performing a systems level evaluation on eight corridors for potential service extensions to the City’s streetcar system; an extension to the east along Independence Avenue, an extension to the east along 12th Street, an extension to the east along 18th Street, an extension to the east along Linwood Boulevard/31st Street, an extension to the south along Main Street, an extension to the south along the Country Club Right-of-Way, an extension to the southwest along Southwest Boulevard, and an extension to the west along 12th Street: and

 

WHEREAS, the consultant team was tasked to present the evaluation results to the project’s Advisory Committee, joint Steering/Technical Committee, and City Council and seek a recommendation of which corridors to pursue detailed alignment analysis; and

 

WHEREAS, the consultant team evaluated and compared the costs, benefits, impacts, constructability, community support, compatibility with outside funding requirements and overall feasibility of a range of transit alignments along each of the eight corridors through a process approved of by the Advisory Committee, joint Steering/Technical Committee and City Council; and

 

WHEREAS, the consultant team undertook the project in a manner that included extensive input from the public, stakeholders and local, regional, state and federal agencies; and

 

WHEREAS, on November 4, 2013, the consultant team presented the corridor evaluation results to the projects Advisory Committee for consideration, where the Advisory Committee recommended that the three corridors with the highest overall score; an extension of Main Street to the south, an extension of Linwood Boulevard/31st Street to the east, and an extension of Independence Avenue to the east, respectively, and a combined alignment of Southwest Boulevard and 18th Street be advanced for detailed alignment analysis; and

 

WHEREAS, on November 5, 2013 the consultant team presented the corridor evaluation results and the Advisory Committee’s recommendations to the project’s joint Steering/Technical Committee for consideration, where the joint Steering/Technical Committee unanimously recommended that an extension of Main Street to 51st Street and a portion of the Country Club Right-of-Way to the south together described as “Main Street Plus”, an extension of Linwood Boulevard/31st Street to the east, and an extension of Independence Avenue to the east, respectively, be advanced for detailed alignment analysis and a combined alignment of Southwest Boulevard and 18th Street be studied for enhanced non-fixed rail transit services to integrate with and complement the streetcar system. It was further recommended that the study take strategic efforts to coordinate with all connecting transit options such as the Prospect MAX and other complementary transit services; NOW, THEREFORE;

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

Section 1. That the City approves the corridor evaluation process implemented for the Phase II – Streetcar/Light Rail Expansion Analysis project.

 

Section 2. That the City endorses the joint Steering/Technical Committee’s recommendation to advance an extension of Main Street to 51st Street and a portion or all of the Country Club Right-of-Way to the south together described as “Main Street Plus”, an extension of Linwood Boulevard/31st Street to the east, and an extension of Independence Avenue to the east for detailed alignment analysis and to conduct an enhanced non-fixed rail transit service analysis on a combined alignment of Southwest Boulevard and 18th Street.

 

Section 3. That the City endorses the recommendation to coordinate the implementation of the Prospect MAX as part of it streetcar expansion strategy.

 

Section 4. That the City reaffirms its commitment to work to integrate the City’s streetcar system and subsequent expansions with all modes of transit, including local and regional bus and commuter rail services, so that all forms of transit work in conjunction with each other to move people to and from their neighborhoods and a variety of activity and employment centers.

 

Section 5. That the City is committed to expanding its streetcar system in accordance with Federal Transit Administration requirements.

 

Section 6. That the City commits itself to take all reasonable steps necessary to secure appropriate additional federal and state financial support to expand the streetcar system, such as, but not limited to, federal New/Small Starts grant funding.

 

Section 7. That the City reaffirms its commitment to seek citizen input on streetcar expansion efforts throughout the process.

 

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