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KC Streetcar extension in line for $174M in federal funding

Posted at 11:23 AM, Dec 09, 2020

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The effort to extend Kansas City’s streetcar line south to the University of Missouri-Kansas City is on track to receive federal funding.

During the Kansas City, Missouri, Transportation, Infrastructure and Operations City Council Committee meeting Wednesday, officials outlined an update on the project.

The update included the announcement that the Federal Transit Administration has signed off on a Full Funding Grant Agreement totaling $174 million.

That amount represents roughly half of the total cost of the 3.5 mile extension. The remaining funds will come from the previously approved Transportation Development District.

A KC Streetcar spokeswoman said the federal funding won’t be finalized until it completes a 30-day congressional review period.

The funding would also need to be formally accepted by the full city council - a vote that could come as early as Thursday.

In August, the streetcar extension received a $50 million federal grant that went toward engineering and design work.

The existing 1.5-mile streetcar line runs from the River Market to Union Station. The extension would extend the line south to the UMKC campus.

Construction could begin in late 2021 or early 2022, with a projected opening date in 2025.