Gov't Spends $37M for 2 Mile 'Free to Ride' Streetcar Line

By Eric Scheiner | May 11, 2016 | 11:06am EDT
A Kansas City streetcar (APPhoto/Orlin Wagner)

( - The U.S. Dept. of Transportation (USDOT) recently announced the opening of the two mile Kansas City streetcar line, which allows passengers a free ride downtown. The department helped fund the streetcar project with approximately $37 million in federal taxpayer dollars.

“The Department is proud to partner with Kansas City on its new streetcar, which will provide important connections to jobs, community services and other opportunities for residents,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in a May 6th release.

The KCstreetcar website informs travelers the streetcar is "Free to ride!"

According to the USDOT release, the department “helped fund the project with $20 million from a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant and approximately $17 million in other DOT funds.”

“Since 2009, DOT has awarded $562.7 million to 16 streetcar projects across the country, including starter lines in Dallas, Atlanta, Cincinnati, and Tucson, as well as extensions to systems in Portland and New Orleans,” the release says.

The 2.2-mile Kansas City streetcar line held it’s grand opening late last week. (A clip from a KCTV video on the line and how it’s funded can be seen above.)

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