Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II (5th District Missouri)
(Washington, D.C.) – Yesterday, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced it would allocate another $49.2 million to the Kansas City Streetcar Main Street Extension project. The Main Street Extension project will be a 3.5 mile extension of the Kansas City Downtown Streetcar from the current streetcar terminus at Union Station to the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). United States Representatives Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO) and Sharice Davids (D-KS) applauded the announcement after previously advocating for such grant funding to be awarded for the project in July of this year.
“The KC Streetcar has transformed public transportation in Kansas City and been an economic boon to our citizens and business community since it first opened to the public years ago,” said Congressman Cleaver. “I’m thrilled to see the FTA agree to our calls for additional federal investment so that we can continue to expand the Streetcar and make Kansas City—and everything it has to offer—more accessible to all.”
“The KC Streetcar has been a remarkable success for the Metro region – bolstering our local economy, supporting manufacturing jobs, and connecting people to opportunities across our community. I was glad to have worked alongside members of the Kansas and Missouri delegation to help secure additional funding for the KC Streetcar, so we can build on this innovative work and grow its reach even more,” said Representative Sharice Davids.
In addition to this federal grant, the Main Street Extension Project has been awarded another $50 million Capital Investment Grant, a $14.2 million Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development (BUILD) Grant, and a $174 million grant from the Department of Transportation’s New Starts Capital Investment Grants Program, totaling over $287 million in federal investments in the last four months.
The current streetcar line is a two-mile track that connects all the city’s downtown neighborhoods. The grant funding will go towards creating an additional 3.5 miles and 9 stations from Union Station to the University of Missouri—Kansas City (UMKC). Once completed, the expanded line will run from Kansas City’s River Market to the Plaza and provide public transit between some of the area’s largest employment centers.
Emanuel Cleaver, II is the U.S. Representative for Missouri’s Fifth Congressional District, which includes Kansas City, Independence, Lee’s Summit, Raytown, Grandview, Sugar Creek, Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Oak Grove, North Kansas City, Gladstone, Claycomo, and all of Ray, Lafayette, and Saline Counties. He is a member of the exclusive House Financial Services Committee; Chairman of the House Subcommittee on National Security, International Development, and Monetary Policy; member of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress; member of the Committee on Homeland Security; and a Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus. For more information, please contact Matt Helfant at 202-590-0175 or Matthew.Helfant@mail.house.gov A high-resolution photo of Congressman Cleaver is available here.