Kansas City streetcar plan on track with bids

Written by Muleskinner Staff

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — Kansas City officials have chosen a contractor to build a proposed streetcar project while awaiting a state appeals court ruling over the legality of taxes to pay for it.
City officials on Tuesday chose a joint venture between St. Joseph-based Herzog Contracting Corp. and California-based rail contractor Stacy and Witbeck Inc. to be general manager/contractor for the streetcar line in downtown Kansas City. The Kansas City Star reports (http://bit.ly/15MHNJx) the city council still must approve the choice.
Also on Tuesday, lawyers argued before a Missouri Court of Appeals panel over whether new downtown taxes to help pay for the $100 million streetcar project are constitutional. Two downtown property owners want to challenge the taxes in court, while the city contends it’s too late to file the challenge.