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Kansas City - December 2007
   

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Kansas City — Switch to Streetcars

Rail Transit Online, December 2007

Yet another rail transit scheme has been proposed for Kansas City and may end up being the official municipal plan.  The latest recommendation was released on Nov. 5 by the ATA’s 36-member citizen task force, and it calls for using modern streetcars instead of LRVs.  An approximately 12-mi. (19.3 km) starter line would run from Vivion Road in the Northland neighborhood, through North Kansas City and downtown, terminating at Country Club Plaza.  An eastern branch would connect to Prospect Avenue.  The task force did not select an exact route but proposed placing the track in exclusive transit lanes.  The streetcar alternative is estimated to cost between $485 million and $587 million, which includes a large contingency fund.  Financing would come from the federal government and a 3/8-percent increase in the city sales tax, leaving the existing 3/8-percent tax to continue subsidizing ATA’s buses.  “We’ve completed a doable, fundable and stable plan that would complement the future growth of Kansas City,” task force co-chairwoman Kitty McCoy told The Kansas City Star.  The group’s recommendation now goes to the city council and the ATA board for a decision.

 

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