Economic Impact of Rock Island Trail on Jackson County's new 17.7 mile section | Jackson County, MO

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An Investment Paying Dividends

Developing the Rock Island Corridor is expected to be an investment that pays big economic dividends for the Jackson County and the Kansas City region.

Trails Development:

* Trail development in corridor will bring $1.3 million in economic activity per year
* Over 19,000 bicyclists will use the corridor
* 17.7 mile corridor connects cities of Kansas City, Raytown and Lee’s Summit
* Provides for potential of a Kansas City connection to the KATY Trail
* 40% of trail users are expected to be daily work commuters

Economic Impact:

* Hundreds of millions of dollars in public and private investments planned within ½ mile of corridor through 2020
* Trail development will increase property values by about $45 million for residents within ¼ of corridor
* A National Association of Realtors study found homes near trails sell up to 15% more than homes not near trails
* For every dollar invested significant benefits generated to the local community
* Trail and transit infrastructure projects, more labor intensive than material intensive, create more jobs per dollar spent than highway and bridge projects and are more suitable for small businesses and MBE/WBE enterprises.
* Within 1 mile of corridor:
- Over 25,000 jobs
- Over 23,000 households
- Over 56,000 residents

MoBikeFed comment: May 2nd, 2016, Jackson County and the KCATA purchased the westernmost 17.7 miles of the Rock Island RR corridor from Union Pacific.

This will connect with 47 miles of the Rock Island Trail State Park, where construction is underway, to be completed by the end of 2016. The two sections together will connect the Kansas City region to the 240-mile Katy Trail at Windsor.

Additionally, Missouri State Parks has announced plans to acquire 144 miles of the Rock Island corridor that will connect to the Katy Trail at Windsor and (with addition of a connecting trail) to the Katy Trail at Washington. This creates a 500-mile cross-state trail loop system connecting the Kansas City area with the St Louis metro area and many Missouri communities in between.

Trail construction for the Jackson County portion of the Rock Island Trail will start immediately--most likely taking some years to complete.

More information about the Rock Island Trail--which will eventually combine with the Katy Trail to create a 500-mile cross-state trail loop system, here:

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