Kansas City Streetcar Main Street Expansion Project to be fully funded

March 30, 2021
In The News

The Kansas City Streetcar Main Street Extension Project will be fully funded due to a federal grant.


Reps. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Missouri) and Sharice Davids (D-Kansas) announced on Tuesday that nearly $91 million of American Rescue Plan funds – including a $24.7 million Capital Investment Grant for the streetcar project – will support transit projects in the Kansas City area.


Davids said in a news release that the funding is bringing “much needed relief and support” to the Kansas City metro.


“The KC Streetcar has played a vital role in the metro region — bolstering our local economy, supporting manufacturing jobs and connecting people to opportunities across our community,” Davids said.


The streetcar, according to Cleaver, has played a “major role” in transporting Kansas Citians for free throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.


The Federal Transit Administration approved the streetcar expansion project last May. Three months later, the FTA announced $50 million in funding for the project, followed by $174 million in federal funding in January.


The roughly 3.5 mile extension is expected to cost $351.7 million. A portion of the cost is covered through a funding district that voters approved in 2018.


Remaining American Rescue Plan funding will be distributed as follows:

  • $66 million for KCMO and KCK transit systems
  • $237,776 for “enhanced mobility of seniors and individuals with disabilities on both sides of the state line.