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Corridors & Facilities

A variety of facilities can and should be constructed within these corridors, including trails, signage systems and public gathering spaces. More details about the design of these facilities is in the MetroGreen Design Guidelines, currently in Appendix D of the 2002 Plan.

MetroGreen will consist of three types of corridors throughout its 1,114-mile length:

Bicyclist on Indian Creek Trail

Stream and river corridors

The dominant MetroGreen corridor type is located adjacent to streams and rivers throughout the region. Stream and river corridors will comprise 57 percent (648 miles) of the entire MetroGreen system. These corridors will serve multiple functions, including the conservation of riparian (stream-related) habitat, stabilization of streambanks, preservation of historic landscapes, protection of water quality, and the provision of suitable land for trail development.

Bicyclists on Roadway

Roadway corridors

Another dominant corridor type will be designated roadways throughout the region. These corridors will comprise 30 percent (344 miles) of MetroGreen. The principal function of these corridors will be related to transportation and recreation. Other possible functions include scenic and historic preservation and water quality protection. Many of these corridors have the potential to be enhanced through landscaping and become aesthetic assets for the region.

Katy Trail Railroad

Abandoned rail corridors

The final corridor type is abandoned railroad corridors, which comprise 13 percent (152 miles) of the MetroGreen system. These are very important corridors for the future of the region. With the existing right-of-ways intact, they are valued linear corridors that provide continuous access across parts of the region that lack other corridor types. Their flat-to-gentle grades make them ideal for future trails. Historically and economically, rails-to-trails have proven successful throughout Missouri and Kansas. One of the most promising future projects is the extension of the Katy Trail into the heart of Kansas City. This would complete a cross-state trail through Missouri, linking the Kansas City region to St. Louis.