The downtown streetcar line is awesome at seamlessly tying together the major downtown districts/attractions, it collapses everything into almost like an elevator ride to different floors of destinations. It can do the same for Midtown and will be great for visitors/leisure riders between Plaza/Downtown. Will be impressive if it can also effectively act as a commuter line, just not optimistic. Would expect an express bus line would complement, not compete - eventually.
With streetcar expansion likely increasing TOD along Main and eventually boosting population, adding a bus express that hits some but not all streetcar stops along Main (that hit crosstown lines) may be justifiable sooner than later, at least for rush hours
. The reality is that to bus riders who already have a pass, the streetcar is not really an improvement, it's a leisure service or good for local service once in the target area. But yeah, let's see what final streetcar expansion design and number of stops look like.
Would expect regular bus riders who already have a pass to increase Broadway usage after novelty of streetcar wears off and if considered too slow to get from Waldo/Plaza to downtown for commuters. There needs to be something from Waldo/Bside area to Plaza/downtown. The current 47 Bway line heads East to Blue Ridge. Tactically
: End 47 line to Plaza and create a new line that does current N/S 47 path down Bway and extends down Bside or Wornall to at least 75th (replacing MAX but not MAX branded). Or every other Broadway bus is toggled with a 47 bus and a Waldo bus. Strategically
: Eventually target an express bus along streetcar line that extends to Waldo and up to Barry Rd.
Current 47 line...http://ridekc.org/assets/uploads/route-maps/47mwk.png