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8/9/2001



Rail News: Passenger Rail

No light rail for Kansas City


Kansas City, Mo., voters Aug. 7 rejected a proposal to impose a city sales tax for a light rail transit (LRT) system 37,259 to 24,824.



The city, Kansas City Area Transportation Authority and residents studied fixed-guideway transportation options and developed Community Proposal for Light Rail, which would meet FTA matching funds requirements.



Had voters approved the tax measure, funds would have gone toward construction, acquisitions, renovations, equipment, furnishings, operation and maintenance of the system.



The city is authorized under Section 94.605 Revised Statutes of Missouri to impose a sales tax to be used only for transportation purposes; however, the city hasn’t exercised that option in the past.



Without a sales tax, the city wouldn’t be able to obtain federal funds, and there are no local funds available to build LRT.


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