Independence Avenue Corridor BRT Study
Kansas City, Missouri and Independence, Missouri
Connecting Downtown Kansas City and Downtown Independence, Missouri, this corridor is planned for the region's first east-west Bus Rapid Transit System.
This study assessed and evaluated the feasibility of deploying enhanced transit service along Independence Avenue, one of the oldest and most ethnically diverse public transit routes in the metropolitan area. Confluence developed a series of innovative analysis and mapping tools to evaluate existing conditions and expanded ridership opportunity areas, involving the clients in making informed route alignment decisions. Analysis included evaluating existing sidewalks and slopes, measuring neighborhood connectivity, exploring corridor redevelopment opportunities, reviewing crime statistics and overall demographic data to support increased access and ridership.
Building on the regional transit plan’s (Smart Moves 3.0) recommended mobility hub locations, our team also recommend BRT station locations to corresponde with potential transit-supportive redevelopment opportunities throughout the corridor. Confuence crafted station design prototypes to integrate new raised level-boarding platforms into the existing ROW while planning ahead for future bicycle lanes.