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Kansas City Streetcar Extension to Riverfront Sees 75% Price Increase

The cost of the Kansas City Streetcar’s extension to Berkley Riverfront has jumped 75%, according to project leaders. The increase in price is due to rising construction costs across the country. The extension will now cost an estimated $61.1 million, up from the original estimate of $20.2 million in 2021.

Details of the Extension Project

The extension will run the streetcar less than a mile from its current northern stop at Third Street and Grand Boulevard to Berkley Riverfront. The decision to extend the project another 0.15 miles, closer to the Kansas City Current’s new stadium, has contributed to the increased cost.

Reasons for the Price Increase

Spokespersons for the KC Streetcar Authority and Port KC, the agencies leading the project, cited increasing costs as the main reason for the price increase. “Construction costs around the country have been on the rise for several years, and the KC Streetcar Riverfront Extension was not immune to that,” a KC Streetcar Authority spokesperson said.

Future Plans for the Riverfront Extension

Streetcar leaders plan to secure a construction contract for the riverfront extension by the end of the year. Work on the project should start in the new year, according to the agency.

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