Connecting Swope Study

Connecting Swope Header

Project Overview

Prospect Avenue has some of the highest bus ridership in the region and in late 2019 was converted into a bus rapid transit (BRT) corridor - Prospect MAX.

U.S. 71 Highway runs a block east of, and parallel to, Prospect Avenue between Swope Parkway and 75th Street. For potential transit users, pedestrians, and bicyclists, there are few opportunities to cross the highway, high vehicle speeds, and wide intersections that all hinder accessibility.

The Connecting Swope Project will identify ways to improve connections across U.S. 71 Highway to the Prospect MAX line. Building on the needs expressed in past studies, the team will recommend projects and programs that address issues of access, safety, convenience, and comfort in the area.

The goals of the study were to:

Study Area

This study is focused on improving travel from Swope Parkway to 85th Street and The Paseo to Cleveland Ave.

Click map for PDF.
Connecting Swope map


This project is being closely coordinated with the KCATA Prospect MAX line and the KCMO Prospect Corridor Streetscape project.

Funding for the initiative is provided by the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) Planning Sustainable Places program.

This study will last from July 2017 through May 2018.

July 2018 Meeting Materials

KCATA and consultants met with neighbors in the study area to present possible solutions and gather feedback. 

Presentation and boards from the meeting 

Powerpoint presentation. [5 MB, PDF]

Click each image to view a PDF. 

Safe-Crossing Steps

Short-term Connectivity Steps

71 Corridor


Screening and Evaluation