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Push to bring streetcars to Kansas City

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There is a push to bring streetcars to Kansas City and here's a first look at where they'll go.

KCTV5's Justin Schmidt spoke with residents and found out why they hope this is just the first step in a regional transit system.

"This is a key step forward. You can give people a vision of what this could be," said downtown KCMO resident Bill Gorman.

A streetcar could be your next ride and Gorman liked what he saw at the city's presentation.

"This project could be a foot in the door for broader transit initiatives throughout the metro," he said.

The streetcar line would run from City Market to Union Station along one of several proposed routes. City officials at Tuesday's meeting wanted to hear which route the people would prefer.

Assistant city managers say there are many reasons Kansas City needs a project like this.

"It's a good time to do this as gas prices go up," said Assistant City Manager Sherri McIntyre. "We are also looking to continue to develop and infill our downtown area and we feel this project will be a catalyst to meet those goals."

Gorman says he leans toward a main street run streetcar line but the exact route isn't important - it's the streetcar he desires.

"Any route is better than no route at all," he said.

City planners hope to use input from these meetings and finalize a route by the end of this year.

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