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Streetcar extension project clears hurdle in route to federal funding

Posted at 8:51 PM, Mar 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-26 21:51:43-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Main Street extension of the Kansas City Streetcar just cleared a major hurdle in making the project become a reality.

The extension to UMKC received a positive rating from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the Streetcar Authority announced on Tuesday.

The Streetcar Authority calls this an "important prerequisite" to a obtaining a federal grant for the project, but adds it is not a "formal commitment of federal funding."

“This is the rating our team had hoped and worked for,” Tom Gerend, executive director of the KC Streetcar Authority, said in a release. “The rating reinforces the success of our downtown starter line and positions our Main Street extension amongst the most deserving projects in the entire country.”

The KC Streetcar project team says it submitted the project to the FTA, seeking $151 million in federal funding and inclusion in the 2020 budget to support the $316 million extension.