Kansas City residents get first chance to review streetcar plans

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City residents can get a first look Wednesday at the plans for a two-mile streetcar route that will shuttle passengers from one Kansas City hotspot to the next.

Construction will begin on the streetcar beginning in late Spring or early summer with an expected completion date in 2015.

City leaders say this could be one of the public's last chances to voice opinions and concerns about the project before construction begins.

City planners put together detailed exhibits about the project, as well as construction plans and the blueprint for a new streetcar maintenance facility.

The meeting meeting Wednesday runs from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Union Station. The public is encouraged to attend the open house at any time during the three hour session.

Once complete, the downtown streetcar will run mostly along Main Street from River Market to Union Station, and stop at more than a dozen places in between.

 Officials hope the streetcar will make Kansas City a more vibrant and urban destination. Opponents argue the $102 million price tag is too high for a mere two mile route. Some business owners also voiced their worries about the construction's impact on their companies.

For those unable to make it to Wednesday's meeting, Kansas City leaders have put together a detailed website on the project at www.kcstreetcar.org .

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