KC voters approve funding for downtown streetcars

Written by Muleskinner Staff

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — Downtown Kansas City is on track to get a two-mile $100 million streetcar system.
City officials said Wednesday that voters who live in the streetcar district approved a 1-cent sales tax increase and property tax increases to help pay for the $100 million system. It will run from River Market to Union Station.
The vote authorizes the tax increases for 25 years. It will apply only within the boundaries of a downtown streetcar district. Only registered voters in the streetcar district voted on the issue.
The Kansas City Star reports (http://bit.ly/UFSlAB) the city plans to begin construction next year and start running the streetcars in 2015.
Supporters say they hope the two-mile system is the beginning of a much more extensive streetcar system across the city.