Kansas City, Missouri Transit-Oriented Development Policy

The Kansas City Transit Oriented Development Policy was adopted as a guide for future development and public investments near transit stations and along transit corridors by the City Council on May 18, 2017, by Resolution 160364.

This website was created to help share the information in a more accesible format.


With two MAX bus rapid transit routes, and a new downtown streetcar starter line, Kansas City has seen tremendous investments in new enhanced transit technology and corridors in recent years. With the potential for new commuter rail on the Rock Island Corridor, and plans underway to expand the MAX system and the streetcar line, these investments seem poised to continue. To protect previous investments and as additional investments continue to be made, there is a need to ensure that public improvements and development around transit stations and along transit corridors support and ensure the success of transit. Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) is a development strategy that focuses development along existing and planned transit infrastructure. TOD ensures an appropriate density and focuses transit supportive activities in order to encourage and sustain transit ridership. TOD also seeks to maximize access to transit by providing adequate housing choices, connections and mobility options. And TOD design guidance ensures that both the public and private realm are thoughtfully designed. (Kansas City, Missouri Transit-Oriented Development Policy)

Growth coming to KC

Growth coming to KC

The Kansas City region has a projected need to accommodate 800,000 new residents by the year 2040. Recent demographic trends illustrate an aging population, shrinking household sizes, and a preference of younger generations for a more urban and walkable environment connected to transit. Meanwhile, over the past decade, downtowns across the country have been redeveloping to attract both empty-nesters, millennials, and others interested in an urban lifestyle. These groups have begun to shift development priorities, yet private investment has yet to fully catch up to that unrealized demand. The demand for transit-oriented, mixed-use, and multi-family housing options far outpaces supply.

By focusing growth in transit corridors, the region can save $5.3 Billion over the next 30 years

This shift in national priorities is coming to Kansas City with the Downtown Kansas City Streetcar, an expanding bus rapid transit system, discussions of a commuter rail network in Jackson County, and the increasing popularity of urban trails and bikeways. Increasing transit options is seen as an economic development tool as well as a means to increase accessibility and mobility. Building transit-oriented development around urban, suburban, and rural transit corridors is imperative to ensure the future prosperity and sustainability of Kansas City, its urban core, and our region.