3.5 million people. That’s how many riders have completed rides on the Kansas City streetcar to date.
It’s been called the “2016 Best Project” in transit, the Mid-America Regional Council declared it the 2016 Sustainable Success Story, and ACEC of Missouri awarded it the Missouri Grand Conceptor Award.
Even better, it’s a turbo boost for our economy. The streetcar has helped jumpstart hundreds of millions of dollars in new development and investment in downtown Kansas City, and, per a survey of downtown businesses in late 2016, 97% of businesses say the Streetcar has had a positive impact and 80% say they have experienced a positive revenue change.
That’s why the time is right to build on this success and expand the Streetcar down Main Street from Union Station to UMKC.
Kansas City voters have already approved the creation of a new transportation development district (TDD) and elected directors for the TDD. All that’s left now is to fund the expansion.
The streetcar’s success is Kansas City’s success. By spurring development, creating jobs, and expanding our economy and our tax base, the streetcar benefits the entire city!