This week we debate the pros and cons of streetcar expansion in Kansas City just ahead of Tuesday’s election.
In 2012, voters approved, in a restrictive, mail-in election, a two mile starter line from the River Market to Union Station. Now, voters are being asked whether to approve a larger streetcar expansion for a route that would extend as far south as UMKC. Additional routes would run along Independence Avenue and Linwood Boulevard and a MAX rapid bus service would connect Prospect Avenue.
Being decided Tuesday is whether to set up a special transportation district. If you say yes, a second election will be held in November that would go through the nuts and bolts of how to pay for the streetcar expansion project.
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If you live in Missouri, you may be spending quite a lot of time at your local polling station with five constitutional amendments, from expanding the lottery to a right to farm. We review the issues at stake and take a closer look at some of the Kansas races up for grabs from Kansas Insurance Commissioner to Kansas Secretary of State with political watcher Jim McLean, executive editor of the KHI News Service in Topeka.