Kansas City gets $20M grant for streetcar project

File photo of Kansas City, Mo. skyline (KSNT Photo/Brian Dulle)
File photo of Kansas City, Mo. skyline (KSNT Photo/Brian Dulle)

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Kansas City a $20 million grant to help build its streetcar route through about two miles of downtown Kansas City.

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill said in a news release Friday announcing the grant that the streetcar project will “encourage housing, construction, and business development in the city.” And she said that will mean for jobs for the region.

The project has an estimated cost of about $100 million. And voters previously approved a 1-cent sales tax increase and property tax increases to help pay for the streetcars, which will run from the River Market area to Union Station. Supporters hope it will be the first leg of a more extensive public rail system.

Plans call for streetcars to start running in 2015.

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