Russ Johnson

Kansas City Streetcar Plan Moving Forward

Oct 30, 2013
Portland TriMetro

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. The original has yet to be built. 

The City Council may decide before the week ends whether to borrow $10 million to start moving on phase-two of the streetcar system.

The city would borrow for engineering work to get what may be a $400 million added streetcar line.

Next week planners should be able to give recommendations on where the eight to 10 mile stretch would go.

Kansas City M0. Mayor Sly James said Tuesday afternoon that resurfacing roads around the city could begin as early as next month thanks to the overwhelming passage of Question 1 in the August election.

HDR / City of Kansas City

Kansas City, Missouri has taken another step toward a formal bid for federal help to establish a downtown streetcar line.

The city council approved a pair of resolutions that would let voters in a proposed Transportation Development District weigh in on whether to make the district a quasi-governmental entity and whether to increase sales and property taxes in it to pay for the streetcar plan.

Councilman Russ Johnson said it's time for the city to show that it has a plan that would qualify it for a federal TIGER grant.