I really don’t get this line. It doesn’t connect people to places and it’s missing a lot of details along the line. It also seems unnecessarily expensive
I-29 is the single worst place to take rail through the northland. It would be a massive eminent domain grab or be an elevated line. It actually avoids nearly every population center and all the jobs center with it’s stop placement. One example is it gets within 100 feet of Tiffany Springs and doesn’t have a stop there!
Just the intersection at I-29/169 could be a $250 project. I-29 is 8 lanes wide and it’s already three levels high. 169 south of I-29 is one of the freeway crunch points in the city. there’s homes so close in to the freeway on one side and a major water tower on the other that I don’t see where any earth work could be done to make it wider. This would be an expensive elevated segment above the freeway too.
It would mean a major design of the US 169 to MO 9 intersection or just go over it. it’s 7" too short for modern electric rail.
oh, and you took the line over the old mine at Briarcliff. I hope the fill in work is enough to take the extra weight of this plan. that could be tens of millions in foundation work to get to a usable point
the NKC line is the only really logical one. why a stop at Armour only? there’s 30,000 jobs in NKC and you put the stop as far as possible from most of them.
your routing into downtown is really strange. it would mean building a brand new bridge over I-70, which means going over the existing ramp. so that’s about 20 feet in the air. so you’re recommending shutting down the walnut overpass over I-70?
to get from Walnut to Main the path you take is gone. a hotel is going there.
the park route to 29th isn’t horrible though I don’t like it over going down Main to 31st.
why put a stop at 35th and not Penn Valley CC at 31st?
Broadway makes sense. and I’ll assume you don’t actually want to destroy the JC Nichols Fountain, that it’s really a
I guess you didn’t know about the cemetaries you just cut through near 435.
I don’t see this as the best way to the sports stadiums either. why not follow the existing rail line through to Leed’s Juncton and then cut down the former Rock Island line? would save hundreds of millions over that huge bridge you just put in to get over 435.