Kansas City Area Rock Island Corridor Coalition
The old Rock Island railroad corridor from Pleasant Hill to the Truman Sports Complex in Kansas City is protected for trail and transit use, and provides the primary connection for Kansas City to the Missouri KATY Trail State Park.
Mission of the coalition
Protect the Rock Island railroad corridor (connection to the KATY Trail State Park) from Pleasant Hill to Kansas City for the ultimate purpose of trail and transit transportation uses.
Organizational structure and membership
The coalition will be a membership organization consisting of local government officials and private sector supporters. The coalition will be led by representatives from the cities and counties along the old Rock Island Railroad corridor in the Kansas City area, including the cities of Lee's Summit, Pleasant Hill, Greenwood, Raytown and Kansas City and Jackson and Cass counties. One representative from each unit of local government will serve on an executive committee.
In addition to public representation, private sector supporters will be asked to join the coalition to demonstrate support for protection of the corridor owned by the Union Pacific Railroad. It is expected that private sector participants will include chambers of commerce, school districts, bicycle clubs, walking organizations, running clubs, health organizations, transit advocacy groups, environmental organizations, and businesses.
The coalition will work through the Mid-America Regional Council, the Kansas City area's association of city and county governments and metropolitan planning organization. MARC is organized as a public not-for-profit organization governed by a board of local elected officials. Both MARC and the MARC Community Services Corporation, a 501(c)3 organization, are recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as charitable organizations, and donations to either are tax deductible.
- Katy Trail Web site from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources
- Rock Island trail presentation (4 MB pdf)
Community Development Director
Mid-America Regional Council
600 Broadway, Suite 200, Kansas City, MO 64105