- Environmental Assessment/Conceptual Engineering for Phase II of Streetcar System
Burns & McDonnell is providing advanced conceptual engineering (ACE) and environmental assessment (EA) services for Phase II of the Kansas City Streetcar System. This phase supports the city's vision for a comprehensive streetcar system by extending the current 2-mile downtown starter line with three new corridors:
- Main Street extension from Pershing Ave to 51st Street (3.5 miles)
- Independence Avenue from the River Market to Benton Boulevard (2.2 miles)
- Linwood Boulevard from Main Street to Prospect Avenue (1.8 miles)
Burns & McDonnell is leading the ACE and EA for the Independence and Linwood corridors, and leading public involvement services for all three corridors. Each corridor presents unique challenges related to infrastructure, economics, and cultural and social characteristics.
- Track design
- OCS/power distribution analysis
- Best lane analysis
- Station stop siting
- Vehicle maintenance facility siting
- Environmental assessment
- NEPA documentation
- Stakeholder engagement
- Federal funding application preparation
- Signalization analysis
- Traffic control plans
Advanced Conceptual Engineering
Burns & McDonnell has teamed with Parsons Brinkerhoff to complete the ACE, which will support the EA and develop the proposed project that will advance into final design. This effort involves conducting a detailed best lane analysis, developing alignment geometry, determining limits of impact, coordinating complex utility protection or relocations, mitigating traffic conflicts and signal timing in a congested urban environment. This effort will also include evaluation of several existing bridges and the required power distribution system. The team, which is co-located to expedite and improve the design process, is also evaluating the system's vehicle maintenance facility to accommodate an expanded fleet.
Burns & McDonnell completed the award-winning EA for the starter line and is using that experience to conduct the EA for Phase II, reflecting the Federal Transit Authority's (FTA) guidelines for more concise and user-friendly documents. The work involves consulting with the city and FTA to finalize approach and schedule, managing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process, defining alternatives, completing technical studies, and preparing the EA and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for FTA approval.
Public Involvement/Stakeholder Outreach
Robust outreach is essential to the NEPA process and to achieving successful final design and construction of the expanded streetcar system. Burns & McDonnell has been delivering successful engagement services for the starter line since 2012, and we are teaming with corridor-specific experts in this next phase to effectively connect, engage and collaborate with stakeholders. To assess social justice impacts of the proposed routes, the team is implementing a place-based public engagement approach to increase stakeholder participation.