Rail corridor to be bought to connect with Katy Trail

Written by Muleskinner Staff

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — The Kansas City area would be closer to connecting to Missouri’s cross-state Katy Trail under a newly announced plan.
The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/1JDAQue ) reports that Jackson County and the area’s transit agency announced Wednesday the purchase of a rail corridor from Lee’s Summit to near the Truman Sports Complex. Should the $52 million deal go through, the new link would make it possible to someday hop on a bike almost anywhere in the metro area, connect to the new trail on existing paths and ride all the way to St. Louis.
County Executive Mike Sanders says he expects the purchase to be finalized within four weeks. It will take another six months to a year to get federal approval, allowing work to begin.
Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com