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Kansas City Streetcar Authority, federal, state and local officials yesterday broke ground on a $351 million project to expand the streetcar system in Kansas City, Missouri.
Expected to take two years to complete, the project calls for adding 3.5 miles of track to the existing system. In attendance at yesterday's groundbreaking were representatives of the Federal Transit Administration, the city, KC Streetcar Authority, KC Area Transportation Authority and KC Streetcar Constructors.
“The KC Streetcar Main Street Extension project will connect our city’s largest employment centers and elevate the function of our system from a downtown circulator to the spine of an improved regional transit system,” said KC Streetcar Authority Executive Director Tom Gerend.
The extension will connect the current southern terminus at Union Station to the University of Missouri-Kansas City at 51st Street and Brookside Boulevard.
Funds for the extension come from federal Capital Investment Grants program as well as local funding through the Transportation Development District. The extension will be passenger-ready in 2025. KC Streetcar Constructors, which is leading the construction, is a joint venture between Herzog Contracting Corp. and Stacy and Witbeck.