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