Downtown Streetcar Line

Client: City of Kansas City, Missouri
Completion Date: 2016
Location: Kansas City, Missouri


The Kansas City Downtown Streetcar opened in spring 2016 with a 2-mile starter line that runs in existing street lanes, largely on Main Street from Crown Center and Union Station to the River Market. This complex project required a multidisciplinary team to design the infrastructure. Burns & McDonnell provided the following services:

  • Waterline and sewer design, including assistance with final design of the water main system relocation/replacement and the sewer system rehab portions of the design. Tasks include relocation/replacement of more than 2 miles of water mains.
  • Utility research and coordination, including facilitation of meetings with 27 private and public utilities and numerous stakeholders to coordinate project details and analyze impacts.
  • Bridge inspection and design to document potential modifications necessary to accommodate streetcar tracks and final plans to accommodate streetcar track slab improvements and embedding of block rail in the bridge deck.
  • Public involvement, including local workshops, corridor walks, door-to-door meetings, email outreach, project website, social media outreach, key messaging, dedicated phone line, surveys, branding support and coordination with the Streetcar Authority and Kansas City Convention and Visitors Association.
  • Architectural assistance as an adviser and resource for design of the vehicle maintenance facility. In concept and schematic design, the team provided history and knowledge of the site in its relationship to previous studies in the area and the Greater Downtown Area Plan.


  • Waterline and sewer design
  • Utility research and coordination
  • Structural evaluation
  • Bridge design
  • Public involvement
  • Stakeholder outreach