Kansas City Streetcar Receives Top Honor at ACEC Missouri Engineering Excellence Awards

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Missouri recognized Kansas City Streetcar with the Grand Conceptor Award — the top Engineering Excellence Award given by the organization each year.

Staff from the city of Kansas City and the KC Streetcar project team received the award at the ACEC Missouri Winter Meeting and Awards Banquet in Chesterfield, Missouri. Project submissions are judged based on innovation, value to the engineering profession, social and economic considerations, complexity and successful fulfillment of client needs. The project will also advance to the national competition, winners of which to be announced April 25 in Washington, D.C., during ACEC’s national awards gala.

HDR served as the design team leader for Kansas City's $102 million starter streetcar line, which is the world’s first Envision-verified sustainable transit project. The project’s ambitious schedule made it one of the fastest, federally-funded streetcar systems ever delivered.

"With this ACEC recognition, the Kansas City streetcar project continues to be a testament to the overwhelming community support it has received,” said Tom Waldron, HDR transit director. "The city, our team partners, community stakeholders and residents have all played a role in its success.”

The city also advanced Smart City elements in concert with the sustainable streetcar system, such as kiosks at KC Streetcar platforms and throughout downtown. The interactive kiosks allow travelers to check the status and arrival time of the next streetcar. They also offer access to city services and information about local restaurants, activities and events.

Since the 2-mile streetcar opened in May 2016, its popularity has more than doubled initial projections with an average daily ridership of nearly 6,000 passengers. Business owners and developers have enthusiastically embraced the streetcar, as the corridor has seen roughly $1.8 billion in the related development and economic activity since it was approved in 2012.

About HDR's Transit Experience

Because transit is not one size fits all, we help clients with everything from navigating the Fast Act and other funding alternatives, to managing program development and design, to providing construction management for new and established systems. Our wide-ranging portfolio includes managing the San Diego Mid-Coast Corridor Transit project, the Government Center Station renovation design in Boston, the Downtown Rapid Transit Expansion Study in Toronto and consulting on every phase of the new Sun Link modern streetcar in Tucson. In addition to planning and engineering, our experts help clients with strategic funding, economic analysis, public engagement, real estate services, program/project controls, risk management, and operations and maintenance.

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