Judge rules KC streetcar expansion election process is legal
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A judge has agreed to allow voters to consider spending money to expand Kansas City streetcar service beyond the 2.2-mile starter line that opened this spring.
The Kansas City Star reports that a Jackson County Circuit Court judge ruled Wednesday that petitions seeking to create a transportation development district to support streetcar expansion were legally filed.
Under the ruling, transit advocates can proceed with a series of elections, beginning in 2017. The elections would solicit voter approval to actually create the taxing district and impose the increased taxes to build the expanded streetcar route.
The expanded system would cost an estimated $227 million to build, and supporters anticipate that the federal government would pick up half of the tab. The exiting line runs from River Market to Union Station.