Portion of Rock Island/Katy Trail connection to KC will open in October | KBIA

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After a decade of planning and development, [a portion of] the Katy Trail extension towards Kansas City is set to open. A portion of the trail will be open to the public this October and it’s news not only for cyclists, but also for business owners. The Missouri State Parks Department says the Katy Trail supports 367 jobs and generates about $18.5 million in economic impact a year, which could grow.

Over 47 miles will be added to the Katy Trail, expanding it from Windsor to Pleasant Hill. This means more land will be available for potential business to cater to the visitors to the soon-to-be largest railroad trail in the country.

“[The expansion] could double my revenue. Visitors can plan a day trip from Pleasant Hill to Cabooses,” said Damon Cruce, the owner of Cruce’s Cabooses—a bed and breakfast along the Katy Trail. Cruce says he’s mostly excited about the Katy Trail expansion and confident his business will improve with the increase in cyclists along the trail.

MoBikeFed comment: Work on the 47 miles of the Rock Island Trail connecting Windsor (on the Katy Trail) to Pleasant Hill, on the outskirts of the Kansas City metro area, is proceeding. Missouri State Parks indicates that the entire 47 mile section will be open to the public by the end of the year.

This article is announcing that a small portion of this 47 miles will be open this month.

An additional 17.7 miles of the Rock Island Trail was purchased this spring by Jackson County and KCATA. Work to convert that portion of the trail, completing the connection into Kansas City, is underway and will take several years.

This article also announces that Jackson County is planning to extend its connection to Union Station, so that travelers could take the train to Kansas City and then bike from Union Station to the Rock Island Trail. Presumably that connection will be partly via trail and partly on-street.

More information about the Rock Island Trail, including a map showing the various segments and progress towards completion, is here:

http://mobikefed.org/rockislandtrail