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KC streetcar hearing coming Thursday; public gets chance to speak

A Jackson County circuit judge has laid out the rules for Thursday’s hearing on a streetcar expansion proposal. The proposal calls for extending the streetcar line south going from Union Station to near the University of Missouri-Kansas City campus.
A Jackson County circuit judge has laid out the rules for Thursday’s hearing on a streetcar expansion proposal. The proposal calls for extending the streetcar line south going from Union Station to near the University of Missouri-Kansas City campus. tljungblad@kcstar.com

A Jackson County Circuit Court judge has laid out the rules for Thursday’s court hearing on a proposal to expand the Kansas City streetcar route.

A group of transit advocates has submitted a court petition that could eventually lead to several elections in part of Kansas City. Those elections would pertain to expanding the streetcar system beyond the downtown starter route that runs from River Market to Union Station. The proposal calls for going 3.75 miles farther south on Main Street from Union Station to near the University of Missouri-Kansas City campus.

Circuit Judge J. Dale Youngs will determine the legality of the court petition, in a process that includes a public hearing beginning Thursday at 9 a.m.

The hearing will take place in the Division 6 courtroom on the sixth floor of the Jackson County Courthouse, 415 E. 12th St. in Kansas City.

Youngs issued an order that said that beginning at 8:30 a.m., people can sign in to testify, either in favor of or in opposition to the streetcar expansion proposal. Each speaker may speak for up to five minutes. Only one person can speak on behalf of a particular organization.

The court hearing will conclude no later than 5 p.m. It will resume on Friday at 9 a.m., if necessary, if people who have signed in on Thursday have not yet had a chance to speak.

The judge will eventually rule whether the petition meets Missouri statutory requirements to establish a new transportation development district to expand the streetcar system.

Voters living within the proposed district boundaries eventually would vote on whether to create the district and whether to raise taxes to help support the expanded streetcar route.

Lynn Horsley: 816-226-2058, @LynnHorsley

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