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The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) last week approved Kansas City Streetcar Authority’s (KCSA) Main Street extension project to enter the engineering phase of the federal Capital Investment Grants New Starts program.
The approval authorizes KCSA and the agency’s partners to execute engineering and construction contracts for a project to extend the streetcar route from Main Street to the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
The approval moves the $351 million project into the final phase of the federal program, positioning it to receive a future federal grant.
The project team is seeking $174 million in federal funding to be combined with local funding, KCSA officials said in a press release.
The KCSA plans to finalize a federal grant award in early 2021, begin construction by 2022 and open the route in 2025.