The Kansas City Streetcar Project in Kansas City, MO, earned the Envision Platinum award for sustainable infrastructure from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure.
It is the first transit project, the first streetcar project, and the 17th project overall to receive an ISI Envision sustainable infrastructure rating. The streetcar improves local circulation, supports local development goals, strengthens urban centers, and maintains long-term sustainability standards.
“HDR designed the streetcar as a fully integrated transportation system to support the city’s focus on Main Street as a key corridor for sustainable economic development, and to foster a sense of community and identity,” said HDR Area Manager Joe Drimmel.
The area within two blocks on either side of the streetcar route is home to 65,000 employees and 4,600 residents. More than 10 million people visit destinations of interest in the corridor annually. Since the streetcar project was announced, the area has welcomed more than 40 development projects totaling about $1.8 billion in economic activity, and ridership has far exceeded expectations.
Design for the project was completed in March 2014, and construction was completed at the end of 2015, followed by a period of testing before opening to the public in May 2016.
The ISI Envision rating system measures sustainable infrastructure projects in five categories: quality of life, leadership, natural world, resource allocation, and climate and risk. Learn more about Envision and ISI at sustainableinfrastructure.org.