Voting results, released Wednesday, show 358 votes, or 63% of the 549 votes cast, approved two tax measures to generate local funding. One is a one-cent sales tax increase; the second would increase property taxes in the assessed district by roughly 5%.
The starter line would run from River Market to Union Station, mostly along Main Street.
Kansas City hopes to begin construction next year and start running the streetcars in 2015. Project approval follows years of false starts and several failed initiatives during the past decade to advance streetcars or light rail transit, with most (though not all) such efforts rejected by voters citywide.
“This is going to be a game changer for our city, especially our downtown,” City Councilwoman Jan Marcason said to local media.