It's a Yes for KC Streetcar southern expansion

June 20, 2018 - 4:03 pm

Kansas City, MO - A proposal to expand Kansas City's streetcar south to the University of Missouri-Kansas City won approval by a wide 3-1 margin in mail-in balloting. Though voter response was low with less than 10 percent of eligible voters casting a ballot.

Residents inside a new transportation development district approved special sales and property taxes to fund the $227 million project.

#KansasCity voters say YES to the #kcstreetcar Main St Extension with more than 75% of the vote. Let’s build this streetcar. #HowWeDoKC

— KC Streetcar -- (@kcstreetcar) June 20, 2018

Voters also approved a new 1-cent sales tax for the next 30 years. Property owners generally within one-third of a mile from the streetcar route will face an additional 25-year property tax assessment.

The measures are expected to generate about $25 million annually to operate the existing 2.2-mile line in downtown Kansas City and construction of a 3.7-mile extension.

Officials hope to begin expanded service by 2023.

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