Downtown Corridor Alternatives Analysis
open house #1
More than 110 people attended the first open house for the Downtown Corridor Alternatives Analysis on June 21, 2011, from 4–6:30 p.m. at the Central Branch of the Kansas City Public Library. The study is evaluating a possible starter transit line for downtown Kansas City, Mo.
The open house allowed area residents, businesses and transit riders to review project exhibits and provide comment. Representatives and consultants from the study team were on hand to answer questions and discuss issues and/or concerns. Brief, identical presentations were given at 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. The display materials included the process and study schedule, a draft purpose and need statement, and the initial set of proposed alternatives for detailed analysis for the downtown starter line.
A modern streetcar service, similar to the those shown below, is being considered as a possible transit alternative for downtown Kansas City.
Modern Streetcar: In traffic
On-street parking is preserved and stops are simple curb extensions or "bulb-outs."
Modern streetcar: Passenger entrance
Passengers arriving and boarding through large double doors.
Modern Streetcar: Vehicle exit
The vehicles accommodate up to 120 passengers, standing and seated. Level boarding makes wheelchair access simple.