Kansas City Looks To Expand Streetcar Service

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Efforts are underway to expand Kansas City’s streetcar service as it reaches another milestone of more than 3.1 million riders since inception.

The Kansas City Streetcar Authority, Port KC and the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority applied last month for a federal grant.

The exiting line runs about 2 miles through downtown, from Union Station to the River Market neighborhood. The proposed expansion would run from the River Market to Berkley Riverfront Park, along the Missouri River.

The extension would be less than three-fourths of a mile. It’s estimated to cost $32 million. About $17 million would come from private and public funding, primarily from new riverfront development.

The U.S. Transportation Department is expected to announce which projects will receive grants early next year.

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