This is just the beginning.
Jackson County's acquisition of the Rock Island Corridor was a transaction seven years in the making. But after he and Union Pacific (UP) officials signed a contract during a special ceremony today transferring ownership of the 17.7-mail rail line over to Jackson County, County Executive Frank White, Jr. emphasized, "Now we've got a lot more work to do."
Transforming the Rock Island Corridor into a hiking/bicycle trail will commence immediately. While crews clear trees and foliage that have overrun the old railroad tracks, the trail design will be finalized. Developing multi-modal transportation along the corridor, running parallel to the trail, is a long-term goal of both Jackson County and the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (ATA).
"This project is an investment in our county, in our residents and in our businesses," said County Executive White. "This is about one generation working to provide new opportunities for the next generation."