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)
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.