Kansas City voters narrowly approve new KC Streetcar plan - KCTV5

Kansas City voters narrowly approve new KC Streetcar plan

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In a narrow vote of 51-49, city voters decided that any future expansions have to be open for all voters in the city to decide. (KCTV) In a narrow vote of 51-49, city voters decided that any future expansions have to be open for all voters in the city to decide. (KCTV)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

The Kansas City Streetcar got yet another push from voters on Tuesday.

On Aug. 2, voters in one part of Kansas City chose to tax themselves to expand the streetcar line to the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Now, with Tuesday’s vote, city leaders say that plan is still in motion.

In a narrow vote of 51-49, city voters decided that any future expansions have to be open for all voters in the city to decide.

The vote will also fine the city $1,000 if it does not comply.

Tuesday’s vote comes after a vote from people living in the area that the streetcar would expand, from UMKC to the Country Club Plaza, to form a taxing district to pay for an expansion.

Chairman of the Kansas City Regional Transit Lines, David Johnson, says the newest vote could impact how the city moves forward.

“If those people along that route or along that project are willing to pay for a vast majority of the project let them do it," Johnson said. "Why would the people in the Northland want to pay additional sales taxes for something that's only going to serve downtown, midtown and the plaza."

For everyday riders of the streetcar, they are looking forward to seeing the line extended.

“It would just open up a lot more areas a person can go to, shops and things like that,” Kansas City resident Sammy Collins said.

Johnson says he questions the legality of this part of the vote and says it will affect future development.

“What will be affected is the city's participation in that plan, and that's what we are very concerned about," Johnson said.

But what many people do agree on, is that they want to be able to take the streetcar more places.

“I think it has great potential to be, if it’s expanded then people are able to get to jobs better,” Kansas City resident Latonya Barber said.

Johnson says the city can repeal the measure even after it was approved by voters.

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