Business Journal cover story this week has the ULI group the city asked to study the north loop giving the recommendation for removal of the north loop. Group says the teardown could provide a “big bang” for the downtown area, though redevelopment could take up to ten years:
Make it a train station. Lots of available and relatively low lying land. Sounds like the perfect opportunity
Here’s the full ULI TAP report.
Continuing the discussion from Removing North Loop:
Here is the report from the North Loop TAP I served on with ULI. Just joined your conversation here. Looking forward to continued discussion!
Agreed especially since commuter rail cannot use Union Station of the BNSF track.
Good for you for serving. what has happened since? almost 1 year ago.
In general the report was informative. there are other macro options and raison d’etre here. Parking below is one as ingress from 3 directions. But multi-modal conversion is really a killer app and opportunity here. KC’s next big step in transit (past the UMKC connection) is commuter rail. Too sparse for light rial, commuter rail solves a few needs and it can only intersect the streetcar here and it must. As well as buses, and commuter parking. Commuter rail can reach Lawrence, etc (all spokes) on existing track and be the farm club for KC talent and labor force. Plus ingress into an urban core where cars (at least as we know them) will be obsolete someday and the Ballpark can sit just south of the ditch, west of main. Does nto have to be incorporated into this but definately takes advantage of it. Think big and think now.
i think union station is worth fighting for.
It looks like 3rd and Grand is supposed to be the transit hub for river market with commuter rail, streetcar, buses, etc. 3rd and Grand couldn’t really get an east/west commuter line, but I doubt they would put that line on the north loop area if 3rd and grand is to have commuter rail as well. I agree with Kyle, Union station is worth fighting for. Maybe an east/west/south line going into Union Station and a line going north from 3rd and grand.
KCATA announcement was just a dream. All kinds of reasons that does not work for a transit hub. Union Station is seemingly the right move but BNSF and the underpasses to widen is a non-starter unfortunately. Next best is the I-70 loop with under cover parking and ballpark above/adjacent. solves three things.
The Mid-America Regional Council has launched an effort to close the north loop called “Beyond the Loop”. They are hosting a kickoff event on February 23 at the central library: http://www.beyondtheloopkc.com/event/. The study area also encompasses the Broadway Bridge and the Lewis and Clark Viaduct. It looks like the study will take about a year.
Speaking of dreams: it seems to me like the North Loop could work nicely with the [very early] Hyerloop ideas.
If this were to become a reality, I’m sure there would be a big push to have Union Station as a hub. But the North Loop would become increasingly more attractive as it develops into the center of gravity for multimodal KC transit.
Here is a list of narrowed alternatives for the North Loop released by Beyond the Loop at last night’s Initial Alternatives Open House (available here, starts on page 8):
A.) No Build Alternative
B.) Safety Adjustment Alternative
Minor changes near Broadway; Highway 9 brought down to grade at Missouri Ave. and 5th St.
C.) North Alignment Compressed
Shift I-70 to north and reduce from three to two lanes; Highway 9 brought down to grade at Missouri Ave. and 5th St.
D.) South Alignment Compressed
Shift I-70 to south and reduce from three to two lanes; Highway 9 brought down to grade at Missouri Ave. and 5th St.
E.) Center Alignment Compressed - Option A
Center I-70 and reduce from three to two lanes with partial lid over highway; Highway 9 brought down to grade at Missouri Ave. and 5th St.
F.) Center Alignment Compressed - Option B
Center I-70 and reduce from three to two lanes with partial lid over highway; Highway 9 brought down to grade at Missouri Ave. and 5th St; removing 6th St. between May St. and Charlotte St., replacing with bridge across I-70 to Independence Ave.
G.) Full Removal
Re-designate I-670 as I-70; Highway 9 brought down to grade at Missouri Ave. and 5th St.
New Broadway Bridge is, apparently, coming soon.