Federal Funding Application Filed for KC Streetcar Extension

KC Streetcar project team has applied for federal funding for its Main Street Extension to the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). The application is for $151 million dollars in federal funding and inclusion in the federal 2020-year budget to support the estimated $316 million-dollar project. The KC Streetcar project team consists of the KC Streetcar Authority (KCSA), the KC Area Transportation Authority (KCATA), and the City of Kansas City, MO (KCMO).

The project requires both federal and local funding to move into design and construction. Work continues on overall project development activities, station stop location and track alignments, NEPA/environmental documentation and development of a financial plan in order to apply for federal funding.

Total project cost for the 3.6-mile route from Union Station to 51st Street is currently estimated at $279 million in 2018 dollars, and $316 million when inflating costs to 2023 dollars, the planned year of opening, and accounting for project contingency.

“We feel strongly that our New Starts federal grant submission will compete well with projects across the country based on our merits and the proven success of the downtown starter line,” remarked Tom Gerend, KC Streetcar Authority executive director. “Approved TDD funds will cover the local funding needed to move this project forward, in addition to creating a sustainable source of revenue for ongoing operations and maintenance.”