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City of Kansas City, Mo.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 20, 2012
City submits TIGER IV Grant Application for proposed streetcar line
The City of Kansas City, Mo., Public Works Department has announced its submission of the “Kansas City Downtown Streetcar” TIGER IV Grant Application to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The grant application requests $25 million in TIGER IV grant funds to assist with the City’s proposed $101 million, 4.1 track-mile streetcar line that would run along Main Street in downtown Kansas City, Mo., connecting the River Market area south through the Central Business District and the Crossroads to Crown Center. The application was accompanied by 56 letters of support from legislators, local governments and agencies, local businesses and associations, labor organizations, community organizations, neighborhoods and local residents.
“The Kansas City Downtown Corridor has undergone an urban renaissance over the past 10 years, as more than $6 billion in public and private investment has helped grow the area into a vibrant, mixed-use cultural hub,” said Mayor Sly James. “Building a streetcar system is not only an exciting solution to fill a transit gap; it also serves as a catalyst for further local economic development.”
The streetcar line would benefit downtown Kansas City’s 65,000 employees, 15,231 residents – 4,600 of whom live directly on the streetcar line – and more than 15 million annual visitors, connecting them to other parts of the Downtown Corridor and to local, regional and national transportation. The line would include 12 stations, spaced every two blocks, operating at 10-minute intervals. Modern, off-wire streetcar vehicles are planned to serve real-time passenger information and amenities.
Regional and local plans and policies have identified a need for north-south downtown fixed-guideway transit. In addition, the City’s recently completed Downtown Alternative Analysis selected the modern streetcar as the Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) type of transportation, which is evidenced by its support from the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Crossroads Community Association, River Market Community Association, Downtown Neighborhood Association, the Downtowners Association, the Regional Transit Alliance and others.
In an effort to make this project a reality, the City, in partnership with the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, Mid-America Regional Council and Jackson County, has listened to hundreds of Downtown Corridor stakeholders, worked closely with downtown business leaders, proposed and began implementing a Transportation Development District (TDD) to provide local funds for the project, re-zoned the proposed streetcar corridor to allow more transit-friendly development, and reshaped City policy to encourage development within the TDD.
In addition to the $25 million requested in the TIGER IV Grant Application, the project will use $76 million in approved state and local funds.
To view the “Kansas City Downtown Streetcar” TIGER IV Grant Application, please visit http://www.kcmo.org/idc/groups/publicworks/documents/publicworks/streetcarnarrativetigergrant.pdf.
For more information or media inquiries concerning the “Kansas City Downtown Streetcar” TIGER IV Grant Application, please contact Assistant City Manager Sherri McIntyre, director of Public Works, at 816-513-6560.