In Progress: Rock Island Corridor Study
February 11, 2013
The Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), in conjunction with a number of local communities, created the Creating Sustainable Places initiative in 2012 which included six identified corridors within the Kansas City metropolitan region.· view full ·
The purpose of the Rock Island Corridor Study is to evaluate the potential economic development opportunities associated with anticipated short and long-term re-use of the inactive Rock Island rail line for trail and/or future transit use.
This corridor is currently inactive and privately owned, yet is being considered for acquisition to be transformed into a transit corridor linking numerous communities to each other, to the Truman Sports Complex, and eventually to Downtown Kansas City, Missouri. As part of a multi-disciplinary team, Confluence is assisting in studying potential station area locations in several locations, including Downtown Raytown, Knobtown (350 Highway + Noland Road) – Raytown/Kansas City, View High (Interstate 470 + View High Drive) – Lee’s Summit / Kansas City, Greenwood and Downtown Pleasant Hill.
The scope of our work includes assisting in facilitating a series of interactive community stakeholder and public meetings and charrettes, reviewing community input provided both in person and through online forums, analyzing existing conditions and review of each station area, and preparing future land planning and development concepts. These concepts include opportunities for short-term development of a trail connection along the corridor – which is anticipated to become part of Missouri’s Katy Trail network – as well as long-term transit-ready development in each of the proposed station locations. A series of meetings and coordination activities are being organized to integrate a wide range of community input from key stakeholders, agencies, and constituents along the entire corridor.