Jackson County and KCATA reach agreement with Union Pacific Railroad to acquire the Rock Island line for connection to Katy Trail State Park and future regional transit.
Kansas City’s vision for turning the old Rock Island rail line into a modern transportation corridor took a big step forward today with news that Jackson County and the KC Area Transportation Authority are partnering to purchase the 17.7 rai line from the Union Pacific Railroad. This agreement paves the way to begin developing the new Rock Island Trail from the Truman Sports complex to Lee’s Summit.
We applaud Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders for his vision and long-term commitment to make this dream a reality. Today he was joined by KCATA CEO (former KCK Mayor) Joe Reardon, KC Mayor Sly James, Independence Mayor Eileen Weir, Lee’s Summit Mayor Randy Rhoades, and Raytown Mayor Michael McDonough. Connecting the Katy Trail with the Flint Hills Nature Trail here in KC is part of BikeWalkKC’s ten year vision, and we are excited to see significant progress happening.
The new Rock Island Trail will end very close to the 47 mile western extension of the Katy Trail, scheduled for completion in Pleasant Hill in 2016. It will also form the western end of a proposed state-wide Rock Island Trail proposed for a southern corridor close to the Lake Area.
- Jackson County’s Rock Island corridor web site.
- Read more about the Rock Island announcement at the KC Star.
Keep the momentum going
This amazing step forward wouldn’t have happened without local leaders hearing loud and clear that investing in walking, biking, and transit is a top public priority. If you have ever written a letter, sent an email, or attend a public meeting – give yourself a pat on the back!
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