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Council Approves Streetcar Phase II With No Brookside Extension

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City of Kansas City, Missouri

Phase two of Kansas City's streetcar system moved ahead again Thursday, but it won't be rolling through Brookside.

The city council approved a streetcar system expansion of about 8 miles – a south extension along main to the UMKC area, east on Independence Avenue to Benton and east on Linwood to Prospect. A proposal for the southward extension to run to Brookside or Waldo was set aside because it was too expensive for projected revenue.

A Jackson County court is expected to approve the corresponding transportation tax district next week. Transit Chair Russ Johnson said getting voter approval could be tougher.

Johnson says St. Louis anti-tax billionaire Rex Sinquefield is already backing streetcar opposition.

Phase two would also depend on federal funding for half of the $500 million project.

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