Tuesday, October 30, 2012
TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY TOY TRAIN STREETCAR EARNS ECO APPROVAL!!!
Another hurdle for Mayor Sly's pet project . . .
Streetcar project receives FTA environmental approval
Downtown rail transit passed a significant milestone today as the Federal Transit Administration issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) to the planned Kansas City Streetcar Project.
The City of Kansas City, Mo., Public Works Department submitted an environmental assessment for the project in late September, evaluating project alternatives and potential environmental consequences associated with those alternatives. The FTA approved the findings today, allowing the project to move forward.
"The City appreciates this positive response from the FTA," said Second District Councilman Russ Johnson. "This finding will allow us to immediately move forward on implementing the starter line once the voter-approved funding is in place."
Staff is currently planning on issuing requests for proposals for final design by mid-November 2012. The planned $100 million starter streetcar line will run from the River Market to Crown Center. Future proposed development may extend east, south, west and north of the starter line, to such places as North Kansas City, Southwest Boulevard, the Plaza, and 18th and Vine.
The FONSI is available to view at http://www.kcmo.org/CKCMO/Depts/PublicWorks/CityTransit/index.htm
Media inquiries and other requests for more information about this project should be directed to Sean Demory, Public Works Department