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Kansas City Spent $1.1 Million On Thwarted Streetcar Expansion

The bills are totaled up on what the city of Kansas City, Mo., spent on the voter-rejected Phase 2 of the downtown streetcar system. 

The city council approved contracts with two engineering firms, HDR and Burns and McDonnell, for route planning, studies of construction obstacles and communication with the public.

In total, the two contracts came to about $8.1 million.

Streetcar Project Director Ralph Davis says spending stopped with the defeat of the streetcar expansion at the polls.

Davis said the two contractors did a total of a little over a million dollars worth of work. Adding in about $50,000 in city staff time, he said expenditures up to the stop date after the August election came to  "about $1.1 million and some change."

Public works officials say the work done will help in planning future infrastructure improvements.

Streetcar opponents say the city should not have spent any money until the voters had weighed in on whether to expand the streetcar system.

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