Phase two of Kansas City's streetcar system moved ahead again Thursday, but it won't be rolling through Brookside.
The city council approved a streetcar system expansion of about 8 miles – a south extension along main to the UMKC area, east on Independence Avenue to Benton and east on Linwood to Prospect. A proposal for the southward extension to run to Brookside or Waldo was set aside because it was too expensive for projected revenue.
A Jackson County court is expected to approve the corresponding transportation tax district next week. Transit Chair Russ Johnson said getting voter approval could be tougher.
Johnson says St. Louis anti-tax billionaire Rex Sinquefield is already backing streetcar opposition.
Phase two would also depend on federal funding for half of the $500 million project.