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Federal funding to allow extension of Kansas City streetcar

January 8, 2021 GMT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City and federal officials have officially agreed to $174 million in federal funding for a long-awaited extension of the city’s streetcar line, officials said Friday.

The Federal Transit Administration approved the funding last month but it could not be finalized until after a 30-day congressional review. Kansas City and federal officials signed the agreement this week.

The 3.5 mile extension will cost an estimated $351.7 million. Part of the remaining costs will come from a special tax district along the streetcar route that was approved by voters in 2018.

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The extension will take the streetcar south from where the route currently ends at Union Station in downtown Kansas City to the Country Club Plaza and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Construction could begin late this year or early next year, with a projected opening in 2025.