Trump’s budget could affect Kansas City streetcar expansion

President Donald Trump’s proposed budget could eliminate one funding source for a possible expansion of Kansas City’s streetcar line.

Trump’s budget, which would go into effect in October if Congress approves it, would eliminate the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program, a nearly $500 million grant program run by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Kansas City was awarded a $20 million TIGER grant in 2013 to help pay for the downtown streetcar line, covering about one-fifth of the more than $100 million project’s total cost.

Sherri McIntyre, the city’s director of public works, said Kansas City would most likely look to the program again as a source of funding for the possible expansion of the street car, something that has been discussed.

U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, a Kansas City Democrat, voiced concern about the loss of TIGER grants and transportation cuts in Trump’s budget, which total $2.4 billion.

Read more: Kansas City Star

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