January 08, 2021
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, and Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas commended the Department of Transportation (DOT) for awarding $174 million in Capital Investment Grant funding to the Kansas City Streetcar Main Street Extension project.
“Extending the streetcar will make Kansas City an even better place to live, work, and visit,” said Blunt. “When this project is complete, more people will be able to take the streetcar to visit attractions, commute to work, shop downtown, and so much more. I appreciate Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao for her commitment to this project. I will continue working with Mayor Lucas, the KC Streetcar Authority, and the KC Area Transportation Authority to ensure they have the support they need at the federal level to complete the extension.”
“Investing in public transportation is investing in mobility and opportunity for Kansas Citians—creating thousands of good-paying jobs along the way—and the extension of the KC Streetcar represents the next step in our vision to make all Kansas City public transportation free and available to all,” said Lucas. “This investment is a wonderful way to start the new year in Kansas City and serves as an exciting signal that the Streetcar expansion project is in full motion. I will continue advocating—on a local, state, and federal level—for our community’s transportation and infrastructure priorities, as Kansas City continues its work to expand the Streetcar, to provide Zero Fare Transit to all bus riders, and to complete our new state-of-the-art airport terminal.”
The Kansas City Streetcar Main Street Extension project was previously awarded a $50.8 million Capital Investment Grant in August, which is part of the $174 million investment, and a separate $14.2 million BUILD Grant in September.