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Fri November 22, 2013
Streetcar Expansion Routes Narrowed, Studies Continue
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.
Favored routes are eastward branches along Independence Avenue and the Linwood-31st Street corridor and a southern extension as far as Brookside or Waldo.
Members of the study group say federal grants should fund 50 percent of the cost.
Attorney Doug Stone of the Polsinelli firm studied the funding aspects. He said local taxes and assessments would still have to pay for about half of the estimated cost of more than $500 million.