streetcar http://kcur.org en Kansas City Council Gets Final Streetcar Line Price http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-council-gets-final-streetcar-line-price <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="font-weight: normal">Eight hundred tons of streetcar rail </span><span style="font-weight: normal"><span style="background: #e6e6e6">– 50 truckloads – </span></span><span style="font-weight: normal">will be delivered to Kansas City next week, marking the end of bargaining and a final negotiated maximum price for the project: $102 million. </span></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:43:15 +0000 Steve Bell 54025 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Council Moves To Replace 19th Century Sewer Pipe http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-council-moves-replace-19th-century-sewer-pipe <p></p><p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">The Kansas City city council was in an infrastructure-improving mood Thursday — some of its very old infrastructure.&nbsp; <span style="background: #e6e6e6">The city council took several steps toward replacing crumbling sewer and water lines. </span></p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 13:08:27 +0000 Steve Bell 53676 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Council Moves To Replace 19th Century Sewer Pipe Council Approves Streetcar Phase II With No Brookside Extension http://kcur.org/post/council-approves-streetcar-phase-ii-no-brookside-extension <p></p><p></p><p style="margin-right: 0.05in; margin-bottom: 0in">Phase two of Kansas City's streetcar system moved ahead again Thursday, but it won't be rolling through Brookside.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:51:13 +0000 Steve Bell 53320 at http://kcur.org Council Approves Streetcar Phase II With No Brookside Extension Kansas City Streetcar Plan Calls For Termination At UMKC http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-streetcar-plan-calls-termination-umkc <p>News broke this week of a major development in the ongoing conversation about Kansas City’s plans for extending the planned streetcar line. The committee finalizing the plan announced it <a href="http://www.kansascity.com/2014/03/25/4914645/kc-streetcar-stunner-brookside.html">will not recommend extending the tracks south of the UMKC campus</a>.</p><p>Now the expansion will go south only to UMKC and east along Linwood and Independence Avenues.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Brian Ellison & Matthew Long-Middleton 53409 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Streetcar Expansion Will Likely Be Up To Voters http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-streetcar-expansion-will-likely-be-voters <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An ambitious expansion of the Kansas City streetcar system has gotten approval from a City Council Committee.</span></p><p>The plan is for a taxing district that covers a wide swath south of downtown.</p><p>A variety of possible extensions of the system branch east and south from the starter line.</p><p>Supporters are in a hurry to move the system past its current fledgling movement.</p><p>Council members were told the tax district would provide local funding as seed for federal grants, necessary for expansion.</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 01:19:46 +0000 Dan Verbeck 49886 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Streetcar Expansion Will Likely Be Up To Voters Kansas City Announces $100K For Art At Streetcar Stops http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-announces-100k-art-streetcar-stops <p>The city of Kansas City, Mo., will commission $100,000 of public art for the <a href="http://kcur.org/post/city-council-moves-streetcar-plan-forward">first phase</a> of the streetcar line, and has announced a request for proposals.&nbsp;</p><p>In a release Friday, the city said it is looking for professional artists or artist-led teams to create proposals for art projects to be displayed at selected streetcar stops. The release says while all proposals will be considered, the city is looking for ideas that integrate the artwork into the infrastructure of the stops.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 20:59:18 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 48676 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Announces $100K For Art At Streetcar Stops The History Of The Kansas City Streetcar http://kcur.org/post/history-kansas-city-streetcar <p>Kansas City, Mo., is well on its way to building a downtown streetcar line. In the works is a two-mile project from River Market to Union Station, and it's likely there will be more miles of track extending further into the city.</p><p>Kansas City once had more than 300 miles of streetcar track, one of the largest systems in America, but the city tore up the tracks or, in some cases, paved over it.</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 16:40:45 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton 47250 at http://kcur.org The History Of The Kansas City Streetcar Streetcar Expansion Routes Narrowed, Studies Continue http://kcur.org/post/streetcar-expansion-routes-narrowed-studies-continue <p style="margin-right: 0.04in; margin-bottom: 0in; widows: 0; orphans: 0">The Kansas City, Mo., city council has approved a report that supports adding another eight to 10 miles of streetcar track to its 2.2 mile starter system over the next decade.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-right: 0.04in; margin-bottom: 0in; widows: 0; orphans: 0"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Favored routes are eastward branches along Independence Avenue and the </span>Linwood-31<sup>st</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Street corridor and a southern extension as far as Brookside or Waldo.</span></p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 12:25:41 +0000 Steve Bell 47230 at http://kcur.org Downtown Kansas City Streetcar Project: What's Next? http://kcur.org/post/downtown-kansas-city-streetcar-project-whats-next <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Construction has already begun on the first leg of </span><a href="http://www.kcstreetcar.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Kansas City’s streetcar system</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The two mile line will run between the River Market area and Crown Center.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Now officials are looking at potential routes for a second leg and beyond. Where should the second leg go? Is it inevitable that route No. 2 will extend to the Plaza and maybe </span>UMKC<span style="line-height: 1.5;">?</span></p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 16:13:02 +0000 Steve Kraske & Stephen Steigman 47136 at http://kcur.org Downtown Kansas City Streetcar Project: What's Next? WATCH: Welders Begin Work On Kansas City's Streetcar Line http://kcur.org/post/watch-welders-begin-work-kansas-citys-streetcar-line <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kansas City, Mo. resident David Johnson on Tuesday posted a video that he believes is the first weld of the city's new streetcar tracks. The video was taken just north of&nbsp;16th and Main streets in the Crossroads.</span></p><p>The streetcar will eventually run down Main Street from Union Station to the River Market when it is completed, which is expected by mid-2015.</p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 19:16:43 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 46723 at http://kcur.org WATCH: Welders Begin Work On Kansas City's Streetcar Line Kansas City Streetcar Phase II: East, South Or Both? http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-streetcar-phase-ii-east-south-or-both <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Plans for Phase II of a streetcar system roll on. And though where the second stretch of track will be laid is not decided yet, the choices are narrowing.</p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 13:34:57 +0000 Steve Bell 46507 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Streetcar Phase II: East, South Or Both? Kansas City Council Approves $17.9 Million Streetcar Purchase http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-council-approves-179-million-streetcar-purchase <p></p><p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">The Kansas City councilman who has steered the city's streetcar project from its start says Thursday was probably the most significant mile post in the process. The city is ready to sign the contract for four streetcars.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Councilman Russ Johnson says the council's approval of the $17.9 million contract was the true “point of no return,” <span style="background: #e6e6e6">the day that the plan changed from a dream to a project underway</span>.</p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 11:36:25 +0000 Steve Bell 46141 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Council Approves $17.9 Million Streetcar Purchase Kansas City Streetcar Plan Moving Forward http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-streetcar-plan-moving-forward <p></p><p>It will cost about $1 million per mile to lay groundwork for a Kansas City streetcar line, and the city is moving forward on expanding a startup.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The original has yet to be built.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p>The City Council may decide before the week ends whether to borrow $10 million to start moving on phase-two of the streetcar system.</p><p>The city would borrow for engineering work to get what may be a $400 million added streetcar line.</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 00:22:26 +0000 Dan Verbeck 46059 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Streetcar Plan Moving Forward Out Of Town Firms Prevail For Streetcar Construction Management http://kcur.org/post/out-town-firms-prevail-streetcar-construction-management <p></p><p>To the disappointment of some contractors' and labor organizations, two out-of-town firms will manage the construction of Kansas City's downtown streetcar line. The battle was over the process.</p><p>It wasn't the usual process of lowest price for the most product. Construction management was awarded on a point system with heavy weighting for experience with similar work.&nbsp; And when the two out-of-town companies won, outcries began.</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 05:33:59 +0000 Steve Bell 43570 at http://kcur.org Streetcar Contract Heads For Final Vote http://kcur.org/post/streetcar-contract-heads-final-vote <p></p><p></p><p>The controversy over what contractors will supervise the construction of Kansas City's downtown streetcar line isn't over yet, but the city council has moved one step closer to choosing two out-of-town companies.</p><p>Plans to sign a construction management contract with two out-of-town firms have been on hold for several weeks after local contractors and building trades unions expressed concern that there wouldn't be enough Kansas City companies and workers on the job.</p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 06:17:08 +0000 Steve Bell 43187 at http://kcur.org Streetcar Contract Heads For Final Vote $20 Million Grant Announced For Kansas City Streetcar http://kcur.org/post/20-million-grant-announced-kansas-city-streetcar <p>U.S. Senator from Missouri, Claire McCaskill, announced Friday that Kansas City will receive a $20 million TIGER grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for the streetcar project.</p><p>In a release, McCaskill said it is fantastic news for families and businesses in Kansas City.</p><p>"This streetcar project will encourage housing,&nbsp;construction and business development in the city — and that will mean more jobs across the region," she said.</p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 19:36:42 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 42871 at http://kcur.org KC Streetcar 2 Is Planned As First Phase Lumbers Along http://kcur.org/post/kc-streetcar-2-planned-first-phase-lumbers-along <p></p><p>It’s not clear by how much expanded Kansas City streetcar lines would&nbsp; boost property values. A team of city planners and private analysts expects to know by late October.&nbsp;</p><p>The panel is trying to narrow potential streetcar corridors from 7 to 3.</p><p></p><p>A committee of the City Council heard how blighted areas of Seattle sprung up new growth when a streetcar went in.&nbsp;</p><p>The second phase of Kansas City’s planned streetcar system is being generated, even as phase one is in infancy.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 22:25:45 +0000 Dan Verbeck 42114 at http://kcur.org KC Streetcar 2 Is Planned As First Phase Lumbers Along Kansas City Wins Streetcar Legal Challenge http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-wins-streetcar-legal-challenge <p></p><p>A legal hurdle has been removed in the struggle to move ahead on a streetcar system for Kansas City.</p><p></p><p>A&nbsp; panel of judges on the&nbsp; Missouri Court of Appeals has dismissed a challenge to tax financing.</p><p>The three judges found a lower court was right and any legal challenge would have to be launched before the city gets underway on a project, such as the $102 million streetcar.&nbsp;</p><p>Two property owners took issue with property and sales taxes to pay for the streetcar taxing district.</p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 21:08:50 +0000 Dan Verbeck 41586 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Wins Streetcar Legal Challenge KC Streetcar Tax Challenge In Judges' Hands http://kcur.org/post/kc-streetcar-tax-challenge-judges-hands <p></p><p>The Kansas City Court of Appeals has taken testimony to help judges decide factors that will affect timely construction of a new downtown streetcar.&nbsp;</p><p>The case centers on protests of taxes to support building and operating the line.</p><p></p><p>On one hand, City Hall argues the cutoff date to contest the vote on a taxing district is long past.</p><p>On the other, lawyers for two property owners think opponents of the 1 cent sales tax and a property tax increase had proper time to object.&nbsp; That’s the heart of it.</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 21:26:46 +0000 Dan Verbeck 40316 at http://kcur.org KC Streetcar Tax Challenge In Judges' Hands Council Committee Studies Bus Funding, Role Of ATA Board http://kcur.org/post/council-committee-studies-bus-funding-role-ata-board <p></p><p></p><p style="margin-right: 0.02in; margin-bottom: 0in">A city council committee continues to delve into how to finance the Area Transit Authority yesterday.</p><p style="margin-right: 0.02in; margin-bottom: 0in">Most of this week's ATA funding committee meeting was spent speculating on the size of the funding shortfall as a streetcar system and other expenses bite into transit tax revenues that may or may not increase.</p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 05:40:53 +0000 Steve Bell 38485 at http://kcur.org Council Committee Studies Bus Funding, Role Of ATA Board Council Funds Phase II Streetcar Study http://kcur.org/post/council-funds-phase-ii-streetcar-study <p></p><p></p><p style="margin-right: 0.06in; margin-bottom: 0in">A court challenge to phase one of the Kansas City's streetcar plan didn't slow the train yesterday as the city council approved a contract for a study of phase two. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 31 May 2013 06:23:24 +0000 Steve Bell 37663 at http://kcur.org Council Funds Phase II Streetcar Study Council Moves On Streetcar Expansion, Seat Belts http://kcur.org/post/council-moves-streetcar-expansion-seat-belts <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Kansas City, Missouri and North Kansas City are exploring extending the forthcoming downtown streetcar line into the Northland. Both city councils have now signed off on the collaboration.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 08:11:12 +0000 Steve Bell 35348 at http://kcur.org Council Moves On Streetcar Expansion, Seat Belts Streetcars Off To Fast Start http://kcur.org/post/streetcars-fast-start <p style="margin-right: 0.03in; margin-bottom: 0in">The Kansas City city council got off to a running start on getting a downtown streetcar running Thursday, displaying a unity of spirit on having streetcars running by 2015 as promised.</p><p style="margin-right: 0.03in; margin-bottom: 0in"> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 07:23:22 +0000 Steve Bell 28999 at http://kcur.org Streetcars Off To Fast Start Vote Assures Streetcars For Kansas City Downtown http://kcur.org/post/vote-assures-streetcars-kansas-city-downtown <p>Passage of a Kansas City downtown tax district and a sales tax is a first major step toward financing a streetcar system. Thu, 13 Dec 2012 00:54:49 +0000 Dan Verbeck 28930 at http://kcur.org Vote Assures Streetcars For Kansas City Downtown Downtown Voters Approve Streetcar Measure http://kcur.org/post/downtown-voters-approve-streetcar-measure <p>Downtown Kansas City, Missouri voters approved a special tax to fund a two-mile streetcar route in downtown Kansas City, although fewer than 500 people voted.</p><p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 14:51:40 +0000 Maria Carter 22033 at http://kcur.org Downtown Voters Approve Streetcar Measure Mayor Sly James On Kansas City Spotlight http://kcur.org/post/mayor-sly-james-kansas-city-spotlight <p>One down and one go to: baseball’s 2012 All-Star Game brought national attention to Kansas City, and this Thursday, Google Fiber will tell us how much it will cost to speed up our reputation. While residents have been riding the feel-good wave, Kansas City Missouri Mayor Sly James has been wrestling with the future of a downtown hotel and what should happen with Kemper Arena.</p> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 01:18:50 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Steve Kraske 21517 at http://kcur.org Mayor Sly James On Kansas City Spotlight A TIGER-less Future For KC Streetcars http://kcur.org/post/tiger-less-future-kc-streetcars <p>Kansas City will not receive a coveted TIGER grant, a $25 million federal grant that would have helped to fund a $100 million downtown streetcar project. Thu, 21 Jun 2012 15:26:03 +0000 Steve Kraske & Stephen Steigman & Greta Wendelin 19768 at http://kcur.org A TIGER-less Future For KC Streetcars Minority Of Voters Might Decide Kansas City Streetcar District http://kcur.org/post/minority-voters-might-decide-kansas-city-streetcar-district <p>More than 3,000 registered voters live in the bounds of the proposed Kansas City streetcar district.&nbsp; Only a handful of people have requested ballots to vote on forming a streetcar taxing district. Fri, 18 May 2012 21:53:18 +0000 Dan Verbeck 17944 at http://kcur.org Minority Of Voters Might Decide Kansas City Streetcar District Streetcars In KC: On Track? http://kcur.org/post/streetcars-kc-track <p>Once declared &quot;touristy frou-frou&quot; by then-Kansas City Mayor Emanuel Cleaver, <strong>streetcars may be coming to Kansas City</strong>...more than 55 years after the last streetcar ran on the Country Club Line.</p><p> Tue, 15 May 2012 21:12:45 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Steve Kraske 17717 at http://kcur.org Streetcars In KC: On Track? Case Built For Streetcar Grant http://kcur.org/post/case-built-streetcar-grant <p>Kansas City has moved a little closer to a startup streetcar line between downtown and Crown Center. A pair of measures have been approved to help toward a federal grant. Thu, 15 Mar 2012 23:08:03 +0000 Dan Verbeck 14293 at http://kcur.org Case Built For Streetcar Grant