Multi-step effort underway to expand Kansas City Streetcar line - KCTV5

Multi-step effort underway to expand Kansas City Streetcar line

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A multi-step effort is underway to expand the Kansas City Streetcar line from Union Station. (KCTV) A multi-step effort is underway to expand the Kansas City Streetcar line from Union Station. (KCTV)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Tuesday is the last chance to weigh in on the first step to expand the Kansas City Streetcar line from Union Station.

Currently, the streetcar ends at Union Station. The new plan would see the rails stretch further south towards the Country Club Plaza and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

"I think it’s the best thing for them to do, so just in case, if you don’t have the bus fare, you can ride the streetcar from here," KC Streetcar rider Michael Ansah said. "When it goes further south, I will definitely use it." 

Phase one is a mail-in election. The election isn’t a fast track to a bigger better streetcar. It is a yes or no question asking to form the Transportation Development District.

If passed, step two would be to select a board of directors. Then, the board figures out how to fund the streetcar expansion.

Voters would get to decide on that probably in 2018.

Advocates in favor of the plan say if all goes as planned, they expect the entire project to take about six years.

“What we’re doing right now is essentially building the second part of what would be a spine for a regional transit system. Almost every study the city or the local transit agencies have ever done indicate that the river to the Plaza is probably the best hope for a spine No. 1, that would attract federal funding, and significant ridership,” said David Johnson, chairman of the Kansas City Regional Transit Alliance.

Those in favor the plan hope to have at least 4,000 people cast their vote.

"Just wishing us well is not going to do the trick," Johnson said. "They have to turn their ballots in in order for this to advance, and we really hope they do."

Johnson says it’s too late to mail your ballots. Connect KC is helping hand-deliver them. Or, you can bring it yourself to the second floor of the Jackson County Courthouse. Don’t forget, it needs to be notarized.

You have until 5 p.m. Tuesday to submit your ballot.

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