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Kansas City streetcar plan receives FTA's environmental OK


On Tuesday, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issued a "finding of no significant impact" for the Kansas City Streetcar Project, Kansas City, Mo., officials announced.

The decision marks "a significant milestone" in the city's plans for downtown rail transit, they said in a prepared statement.

The $100 million starter streetcar line will run from the River Market to Crown Center. Future proposed development would extend east, south, west and north of the starter line.

In late September, the city's Public Works Department submitted an environmental assessment that evaluated project alternatives and potential environmental impacts associated with those alternatives. The FTA approved the findings.

"This finding will allow us to immediately move forward on implementing the starter line once the voter-approved funding is in place," said Second District Councilman Russ Johnson.

City staff plan to issue requests for proposal for final design by mid-November.

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