KC Streetcar hosts open house Tuesday to gather input on expanded service

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The KC Streetcar will hold the first of two planned open houses Tuesday afternoon to gather input from the public about extending the streetcar service. 

Plans are in place to extend the line from its southern end at Union Station to continue down Main Street to roughly the UMKC campus. 

The open house takes place from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Community Christian Church, located at 4601 Main Street. It is an informal setting, where you can come and go at any time within the two-hour block. 

Items designers hope to discuss with the public include:

  • Where the streetcar should stop
  • Whether the train should run along the curb or in the middle of Main Street
  • How to maintain easy access to driveways
  • How to coordinate the streetcar with east-west bus service

"We can't build a system that doesn't include community input because they are the ones paying into it, benefiting from it, and using it. So it needs to be something they want," Donna Mandelbaum with the KC Streetcar said. 

Tuesday is also the deadline for eligible voters to apply for a ballot in a mail-in election on how to pay for the expanded streetcar service. 

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