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The Kansas City Streetcar Authority (KCSA) on Monday issued a notice to proceed on planning work for a southern extension to the University of Missouri-Kansas City. An HDR Engineering-led team will perform planning and engineering services. The planning work will include collecting data on area conditions and utilities, refining alignment details, determining station locations and updating cost estimates.The HDR team also will start the process required to seek federal funding for the project. "This effort is a critical step toward advancing the region's transit vision and completing the due diligence that will be required to make this vision a reality," said KCSA Executive Director Tom Gerend in a press release.Expected to cost $1 million, this phase of planning is jointly funded by KCSA and the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority. The planning and engineering work is expected to be completed in nine months.The HDR team includes support from Burns & McDonnell, HNTB, Trekk Design Group, Hg Consult, Parson and Associates, VSM Engineering, and Architectural & Historical Research. KCSA selected the team earlier this year.