KC Streetcar

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.

The public enthusiastically embraced this new mode of transportation, and ridership exceeded expectations. The Kansas City Streetcar Authority (KCSA) is now working closely with Port KC, the Kansas City Area Transit Authority, and the City of Kansas City, Missouri, to look at options for extending the system and integrating it more closely with the region’s overall transportation network. Our team led a multidisciplined team to help the KCSA address the financial and feasibility issues related to the first extension under consideration, which will extend the streetcar line along the Kansas City Riverfront area.


City of Kansas City, Missouri/Kansas City Streetcar Authority


Kansas City, Missouri




Transit Rail





Government, Military & Municipal



An economic engine downtown.

The project is expected to spur economic development in the Riverfront Park area and may include a multimodal hub to improve parking and access to the interstate. However, it also presents significant challenges as the alignment runs through areas that cannot be developed and will not generate property taxes. Our team brings together specialists in transit planning and engineering design, land use, NEPA, financial analysis, funding, ridership forecasting, and public engagement to help the KCSA develop conceptual plans, cost estimates and strategies for successfully implementing the new alignment.

The final report will cover overall feasibility, overall impacts, and necessary compromises and mitigation. The content will provide a path for KCSA to streamline financing and funding, holistically improve operations through proper staging and planning, increase property values along the alignment, and improve the region’s overall transportation network.

TIGER grant funding assistance.

Our team helped the city manage the complex starter line project with assistance in pursuing federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant funds. The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the city a $20,000,000 TIGER grant for the streetcar project, which was used for discretionary funding for the first phase of the $102 million project.

Our strategic communications team actively pursued more than 35 letters of support for the grant applications. They streamlined and managed the process by developing and executing:

  • Draft language for the request
  • Fact sheet explaining the grant application and why the project should be supported
  • Draft letter of support
  • Follow-up calls and emails