Midtown/UMKC Streetcar Extension: Upcoming Election
On April 5th, registered voters within the proposed Transportation Development District (TDD) may begin applying for the streetcar mail-in ballot. The TDD is a special taxing district that will fund a significant portion of the construction, operations, and maintenance costs of the streetcar. Like the existing TDD, the extension will create a 1% sales tax within the entire new district and special assessments on real property within the district that is within approximately 1/3 mile of the track. This election asks voters whether to form the TDD The election is a two-step process, where you must first apply for the ballot. The application window is April 5th to May 23rd. Then, you will be mailed the ballot on June 20th. You will be required to mail that ballot back by August 1st.
In order to receive a ballot, voters must
provide proof of voter registration that indicates they reside within the proposed TDD boundary. This boundary, which is intended to eventually replace the downtown streetcar TDD, goes from the Missouri River in the north to about 53rd Street in the south and Campbell Street on the east to State Line on the west. In order to confirm whether or not you live in the boundary, please refer to the map below. To zoom in please click on the photo. To apply for the ballot, you can click here
starting April 5th, 2017 until May 23, 2017.
This election will be followed by a live election sometime in the fall to determine the TDD directors. Once that is completed there will be another mail in ballot to approve the TDD funding toward the end of 2017.
MainCor supports the streetcar extension down Main Street because it will promote mixed-use development, provide more transit options for our community, and increase economic development along the corridor. We have seen the successes of the streetcar in downtown and know that this extension is great progress for Midtown and the city as a whole.
David Johnson, Chair of the Board of Directors of Kansas City Regional Transit Alliance, feels that Main Street is the corridor that makes sense for the streetcar to extend down. He said, "I think Main Street is built for transit. It was the last streetcar line that ran and those bones are thankfully still there." He also agreed with MainCor's view on mixed use development, stating, "I believe that the entire length of Main Street...could absorb a significant amount of mixed use vertical development."
For more information, please visit the KCRTA's page on the Midtown Extension