Transportation Initiatives Decided
On Tuesday August 5th, voters throughout the state of Missouri and portions of Kansas City, Missouri considered two major transportation proposals. Missouri voters did not approve Constitutional Amendment 7, a 3/4% sales tax to fund the widening of I-70 along with nearly 800 other major multi-modal projects. As well, Kansas City voters within a proposed Transportation Development District (TDD) failed to formally codify the TDD’s legal creation. + more
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) will now work on ways to locate funding for statewide improvements. The amendment was proposed due to the shrinking Federal Highway Trust Fund which has been the historical funding source for much of MODOT’s projects. Local leaders and officials at the state level will now need to explore other opportunities for Missouri’s transportation future.
Kansas City Question A, asking voters to formally create a TDD to fund streetcar expansions, also failed to pass at the polls. The TDD would help to fund more streetcar lines by imposing a 1% sales tax and special property assessments, a decision that would have likely been made in November, had Question A passed. Local officials are now reexamining ways to move the streetcar beyond downtown, and help secure millions in federal transportation dollars. Expansion and environmental studies for phased expansions will continue through the year.
Recent News on the Blog
Authority Decides on Downtown Streetcar Colors
June 5, 2014
The Kansas City Streetcar Authority, charged with developing and overseeing the streetcar project in downtown Kansas City, has recently decided on a color design for its vehicles. Pictured here, the approved design calls for a clean and sophisticated ... + more
Streetcar Expansion Moves Foward
March 27, 2014
The streetcar passed two of many hurdles today. A joint committee of the Kansas City Council's Transportation and Infrastructure and its Planning, Zoning and Economic Development committees gave its blessing to a plan to extend the downtown starter line. ... + more
Phase II Streetcar Expansion Advances
January 17, 2014
Ever since the downtown streetcar line was approved, advocates and elected leaders have been working hard to expand the 2.2 mile system. Yesterday was a major step forward in bringing the streetcar to more neighborhoods in Kansas City. A ... + more
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In order to be competitive in the future, our region needs to develop a regional system of transportation that connects communities and people. Vibrant, sustainable and healthy communities around the country and around the world have several things in common. One of these major items is a comprehensive transit system. Imagine a network of travel options bringing communities together – and bringing people together!
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