Kansas City Gets Environmental OK for Streetcar Line

Photo courtesy of Kansas City Business Journal

Kansas City’s proposed downtown streetcar line has gotten the green light in terms of environmental effects.

The Federal Transit Administration on Tuesday gave the $100 million project a “Finding of No Significant Impact,” which the city described as a significant milestone. The FTA’s approval of that assessment lets the project advance.

“This finding will allow us to immediately move forward on implementing the starter line once the voter-approved funding is in place,” Councilman Russ Johnson said in a release.

Voters who live in a defined development district surrounding the proposed line are deciding whether the city can raise $74 million in construction costs and ongoing operational funds for the streetcar line. About 730 people applied to vote; ballots are due by Dec. 11.

Last week, the Mid-America Regional Council approved $17.7 million for the streetcar project.

The envisioned line would start by connecting the River Market and Crown Center, but eventually it could extend in all directions.

Read more on Kansas City Business Journal.


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