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Kansas City Streetcar extension project on track for this year

By | January 5, 2022

Rail arrives for welding project

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KANSAS CITY, MO. – Delivery of new rail for the Kansas City Streetcar Main Street Extension began this week. Delivery is anticipated to take two weeks, with four trucks per day delivering rail, for a total of 36 deliveries. The rail will be used on the 3.5-mile extension of the KC Streetcar System that will connect the current southern terminus at Union Station to the University of Missouri- Kansas City at 51st Street and Brookside Boulevard. The extension, which is estimated to cost $351 million, is fully funded with federal Capital Investment Grant funds and new local funding approved through the Transportation Development District.

The rail comes from Pueblo, Colo., and has recently been stored at a facility in Kansas City, Kan. The delivery will include 458 sticks of 115-pound rail. The rail will be stored near the intersection of 27th Street and Main Street where it will be welded into 400-foot sections.

While construction on the Main Street extension has been ongoing for more than a year, official groundbreaking for the project is expected in the first quarter of 2022. Construction is estimated to take two and a half years with the line opening in 2025.

Construction is being led by the KC Streetcar Constructors, a joint venture between Herzog Contracting Corp. and Stacy and Witbeck, and supported by Burns & McDonnell and JE Dunn Construction. The project is overseen by a joint partnership of the City of Kansas City (KCMO), the KC Streetcar Authority (KCSA) and the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA).

In December 2021, the Kansas City Streetcar service crossed the 1 million ridership milestone.

5 thoughts on “Kansas City Streetcar extension project on track for this year

  1. I honestly hope that St. Louis’ Missouri takes a good, long look at this project and learns from it. The KC Streetcar has been a success, while the St. Louis Delmar Loop Trolley has not been even able to fully function, with one of it’s three street cars never even entering service before the line shutdown a few years ago.

    Take note, St. Louis: this is how to run a streetcar line!

  2. One can tell it is a government project. $100 million a mile and a year a mile. I wonder how much over the $351 million price tag it will be.
    Two and half years should have it done in 2024 ???? Are they just going to admire it until 2025?

    1. Testing…testing…1…2…3…

      Also probably some construction contingency time in there, you never know when an unexpected utility discovery is going to wreck your schedule.

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