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McCaskill Announces $20 Million TIGER Grant for Kansas City Streetcar

After continued advocacy, Senator ‘thrilled’ that job-creating project can move forward, spur economic development

August 30, 2013

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill today announced that Kansas City is another step closer to completing its streetcar project, which aims to create jobs and boost business opportunities in the region, after the Department of Transportation approved a $20 million TIGER grant to fund the effort.

"This is fantastic news for families and businesses in Kansas City," McCaskill said. "This streetcar project will encourage housing, construction, and business development in the city-and that will mean more jobs across the region."

"This is a huge step forward in the continued renaissance of Kansas City," said Kansas City Mayor Sly James. "I'm extremely grateful to our federal delegation for their advocacy on behalf of the City. This announcement shows that good things happen when elected officials take a collaborative approach to addressing needs and solving problems. This news also underscores the U.S. Department of Transportation's confidence in the City's long-term, multimodal transportation planning. I look forward to getting the shovels in the dirt so that our residents can see another deliverable from their government."

McCaskill spoke this afternoon with Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, who informed her of the award.

Current plans call for a two mile streetcar line from the River Market area to the Crown Center/Union Station area, largely utilizing the Main Street corridor. The streetcar line will also serve the Central Business District, the Crossroads Arts District and the Kansas City Power & Light District. The line is projected to be operational by summer 2015. The TIGER grant will fund approximately 20 percent of the project.

The TIGER grant program-officially the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery program-targets major national and regional transportation projects that are often difficult to pursue through other government funding programs. Selected projects must foster job creation, show strong economic benefits, and promote communities that are safer, cleaner, and more livable.

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