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Re: Union Station

Post by DaveKCMO » Sun Aug 23, 2015 5:42 am

ldai_phs wrote:Any news on Missouri's new Bi-levels train cars? Also, Amtrak came through Parkville today. Charter or testing a new route?
Was it all Amtrak equipment, or mixed?

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Re: Union Station

Post by normalthings » Sun Aug 23, 2015 8:12 am

DaveKCMO wrote:
ldai_phs wrote:Any news on Missouri's new Bi-levels train cars? Also, Amtrak came through Parkville today. Charter or testing a new route?
Was it all Amtrak equipment, or mixed?
Amtrak equipment.

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Re: Union Station

Post by DaveKCMO » Tue Jan 12, 2016 10:43 am

$7.5 million "western expansion" to begin: http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/b ... nsion.html

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Re: Union Station

Post by DaveKCMO » Tue Mar 22, 2016 11:32 am

moving the old KC streetcar to offsite storage until it finds a new home: http://www.unionstation.org/news/histor ... d-eventual

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Re: Union Station

Post by FangKC » Wed Mar 23, 2016 3:05 am

Does this mean that the restored streetcar might not return to Union Station? The article sort of implies that.

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Re: Union Station

Post by GRID » Wed Mar 23, 2016 7:30 am

Why not put it in front of the station in one of open grassy areas like:
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Kansa ... e66aaa51a2

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Re: Union Station

Post by FangKC » Wed Mar 23, 2016 7:47 am

Grid, that occurred to me as well. It seems that Union Station is the most appropriate place for it to remain. It always seemed to be hidden out of the way in that location behind the station.

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Re: Union Station

Post by DaveKCMO » Wed Mar 23, 2016 7:54 am

they're actually obligated to display it publicly during the station's operating hours as part of accepting it in the first place. the term is 99 years.

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Re: Union Station

Post by flyingember » Wed Mar 23, 2016 9:38 am

GRID wrote:Why not put it in front of the station in one of open grassy areas like:
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Kansa ... e66aaa51a2
I was thinking that at the old circle drive where the bike station is would make sense.

So everyone that gets off the streetcar can see the old streetcar

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Re: Union Station

Post by DaveKCMO » Wed Mar 23, 2016 1:25 pm

flyingember wrote:
GRID wrote:Why not put it in front of the station in one of open grassy areas like:
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Kansa ... e66aaa51a2
I was thinking that at the old circle drive where the bike station is would make sense.

So everyone that gets off the streetcar can see the old streetcar
that's an elevated structure and we're told it cannot support the weight. that's why they closed it to buses.

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Re: Union Station

Post by flyingember » Wed Mar 23, 2016 1:49 pm

It's probably more correct they don't want to spend the money to reinforce it just to hold a display piece, since the streetcar is on top of the same structure. That's completely fair.

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Re: Union Station

Post by longviewmo » Wed Mar 23, 2016 3:20 pm

I think you guys might be talking about two different areas.

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Re: Union Station

Post by flyingember » Wed Mar 23, 2016 3:40 pm

longviewmo wrote:I think you guys might be talking about two different areas.
When he mentioned a closed bus loop I knew he understood where I meant.

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Post by loftguy » Wed Mar 23, 2016 4:26 pm

flyingember wrote:
longviewmo wrote:I think you guys might be talking about two different areas.
When he mentioned a closed bus loop I knew he understood where I meant.
The streetcar does not run upon the closed bus loop.

It is nearby, but they are independent structures.

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Re: Union Station

Post by mgh7676 » Wed Mar 23, 2016 4:53 pm

It could work on the remaining section of the walnut flyover ramp on Main, but would probably just get tagged by Siren in that location...

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Re: Union Station

Post by FangKC » Wed Apr 06, 2016 10:15 am

Pouring of concrete for the bridge connecting the parking garage to the front drive area begins today.

http://www.kshb.com/news/local-news/uni ... w-underway

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Re: Union Station

Post by DaveKCMO » Wed May 11, 2016 8:55 am

a little tidbit i learned about the renovation: the east edge of the parking lot will be reconstructed to make a nice walkway directly from the streetcar platform to the front door of union station.

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Re: Union Station

Post by earthling » Wed May 11, 2016 9:22 am

Would like to see another coffee bar (perhaps same operator inside) on E end of building that has a counter near the streetcar stop and outdoor patio seating in what used to be a circle driveway. Or convert the old circle drive into a well manicured pocket park that has a coffee/drink/bagel stand.

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Re: Union Station

Post by Pork Chop » Wed May 11, 2016 10:41 am

earthling wrote:Would like to see another coffee bar (perhaps same operator inside) on E end of building that has a counter near the streetcar stop and outdoor patio seating in what used to be a circle driveway. Or convert the old circle drive into a well manicured pocket park that has a coffee/drink/bagel stand.
This is a great idea.

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Re: Union Station

Post by shinatoo » Wed May 11, 2016 10:55 am

Pork Chop wrote:
earthling wrote:Would like to see another coffee bar (perhaps same operator inside) on E end of building that has a counter near the streetcar stop and outdoor patio seating in what used to be a circle driveway. Or convert the old circle drive into a well manicured pocket park that has a coffee/drink/bagel stand.
This is a great idea.
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