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Port KC Plans To Help Extend Streetcar To Berkley Riverfront ‘With Or Without’ Federal Funds


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A proposed $30 million extension of the downtown streetcar to Kansas City’s Berkley Riverfront could substantially boost development opportunities and allow people to live and visit there without cars, according to the leader of Port KC.

And Port KC, which receives a big part of its revenues from a long-term lease agreement with the Isle of Capri casino, plans to find ways to help fund the streetcar expansion “with or without” federal funding.

Currently, the Kansas City Streetcar Authority is pursuing a financing plan for the proposed streetcar extension where about half the funding would be sought from a so-called TIGER grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The other half is projected to come from Port KC, but that share could expand if Washington’s participation fails to meet expectations, said Michael Collins, president and CEO of Port KC, formerly the Port Authority of Kansas City.

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