KCMO Applies for Fed Streetcar Grant

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. —  The City of Kansas City has applied for a federal grant to help build a proposed downtown streetcar line, the city announced on Tuesday.

The $25 million grant would go towards building the $101 million, 4.1 mile streetcar line that would run along Main Street from the River Market through downtown and the Crossroads District to Crown Center.

The remainder of the project would be paid for through $76 million in approved state and local funds, the city says.

According to the city, the application was accompanied by 56 letters of support from legislators, local governments and agencies, local businesses and associations, labor organizations, community organizations, neighborhoods and local residents.

“The Kansas City Downtown Corridor has undergone an urban renaissance over the past 10 years, as more than $6 billion in public and private investment has helped grow the area into a vibrant, mixed-use cultural hub,” said Mayor Sly James in a statement. “Building a streetcar system is not only an exciting solution to fill a transit gap; it also serves as a catalyst for further local economic development.”

The city says that the line would include 12 stations, spaced every two blocks, operating at 10-minute intervals.

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