Judge could decide to let streetcar plan go to voters

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Wednesday is a big day for supporters of the plan to put a streetcar in downtown Kansas City. A judge could decide whether the $101 million project will go to voters.

The streetcar could run for two miles on Main Street, from the River Market to Union Station. Many businesses along the route say they support the plan, but others believe it could actually eat away at profits.

Wednesday morning at 10 a.m., nationally-known developer Bradley Tong will be in Kansas City to provide insight. Tong has taken on several streetcar projects in Portland, Seattle, Sacramento and Atlanta. He will testify on the direct impact to businesses along the routes.

Tong's testimony will play a part in a Jackson County judge's decision to let the plan go to the polls, possibly as early as this summer.

Business owners against the streetcar worry about an additional tax they will have to pay, but supporters say the cost is worth the benefit.

41 Action News will be in the courtroom and provide live updates at midday and on KSHB.com

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