Any chance at all KC could have at least the first phase of some sort of I-70 corridor rail in place by 2026? I mean, that's eight years to build 8 miles of light rail or commuter rail. It may not open all the way to Blue Springs or Lee's Summit by 2026, but it could be under construction or design by then. I realize that major infrastructure improvements take a long time, especially in KC, but It really seems like this could be the thing that could get KC on the ball and have a reason to get some major transit infrastructure implemented outside of the urban core and into the most populous county in the metro. KC would likely be on a short list for super bowls etc if they improved access to the stadiums and cleaned up the areas around the stadiums and between the stadiums and downtown a little. I-70 between downtown and the stadiums look like hell. Even the highway just looks like it has barely been improved since the 60's.
I honestly see KC having a hard time competing without some pretty drastic infrastructure improvements between downtown and the sports complex and probably even the sports complex area itself such as developing a hotel between the stadiums. Modot still needs to do a complete rebuild of I-70 between downtown and the stadiums and if planned right, they could implement transit into that project similar to the I-25 rebuild in Denver.
There is nothing wrong with the location of Arrowhead. I hope it stays there forever, but KC should be able to do some of this stuff over the next decade. And if KC has some serious plans in place over the next year or two to improve the transit between the stadiums and downtown, I would think KC would shoot to the top of the list to host cup games.
It takes forever for KC to do anything, but there are few examples of when the city finally decides it does need to do something, they make it happen pretty quickly and do a pretty good job with it (Union Station, Sprint Center, KCI, Streetcar etc).
This might be the only opportunity to get something like this going in KC.