Streetcar service from Union Station to Berkley Riverfront Park is expected to be running by early 2024 following the unanimous approval by the Port KC board of an agreement with the KC Streetcar Authority and the KCATA Monday.
The half-mile, $20.2 million extension from the current north terminus in the River Market to a stop on the west side of Berkley Park is expected to begin construction next year. It’s the result of $14.2 million federal grant awarded last September.
The streetcar riverfront extension will utilize the Grand Viaduct to reach Berkley Park. A separate project funded by the city will build a pedestrian and bicycle bridge parallel to the viaduct. It’s expected to open in spring 2023.
Together, the new transportation options will substantially expand access to the downtown riverfront and its growing residential community and recreational opportunities.
In recent years, The Union at Berkley Riverfront apartment project opened with 410 units and the new Core apartment project now being built by Northpoint Development will add another 348 apartments when it begins opening this fall.