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Kansas City selects streetcar extension contractors

KC Streetcar's Main Street extension (rendering pictured) will connect Union Station to 51st Street.
Photo – KCSA


The Kansas City City Council last week approved $7.4 million in design and construction contracts that will enable the Kansas City Streetcar Authority (KCSA) to begin pre-construction work on its Main Street extension later this year. 

About $4.7 million was allocated for design services and $2.7 million for pre-construction activities for the 3.6-mile streetcar extension that would connect Union Station to 51st Street in Kansas City, Missouri. 

KC Streetcar revenue is being used to fund these contracts, KCSA officials said in a press release.

The final design contract is being led by HDR Engineering with support from HNTB Corp., Trekk Design Group LLC, Hg Consult, Parson + Associates, Custom Engineering and Lynchpin Ideas. 

The construction manager at risk contract is being led by the KC Streetcar Constructors, a joint venture of Herzog Contracting Corp. and Stacy and Witbeck, with support from Burns & McDonnell and JE Dunn Construction. 

The KCSA is waiting for Federal Transit Administration notification that the extension project is ready to enter the engineering phase of the federal Capital Improvements Grant (CIG) New Starts Program, and eligible for federal funding.  

The authority is seeking $174 million in federal funding to be combined with local funding to cover the project's cost. Construction on the extension is scheduled to begin in late 2021 or early 2022. The extension's opening is slated for 2025.

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

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