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KC Streetcar extension project nears engineering phase

The Kansas City Streetcar Authority completed 30 percent of the overall design for its proposed Main Street streetcar extension.
Photo – HDR


The Kansas City Streetcar Authority (KCSA) has made a formal request to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to move the city's proposed Main Street streetcar extension project to the engineering phase, per the Federal Capital Improvements Grant (CIG) New Starts Program. 

KCSA, in partnership with the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority and the city of Kansas City, Missouri, recently completed 30 percent of the project’s overall design, including track alignment, system and facility design, KCSA officials said in a press release.

Project partners also completed required project development activities, environmental documentation and detailed financial plans, and selected HDR Inc. as the project's final design team. 

Next steps for the $330 million project includes coordination of utility relocation, advancing final design and issuing proposals for streetcar vehicle procurement and construction general management. 

The project, which will be complete by early 2025, will extend the Kansas City streetcar route about 3.5 miles from Main Street to the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

The CIG program funds transit capital investments and requires completion of a project development phase and an engineering phase in order to receive full funding in a construction grant agreement. Agencies require Federal Transit Administration approve to move onto the engineering phase. 

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