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Legislation #: 140017 Introduction Date: 1/9/2014
Type: Resolution Effective Date: none
Sponsor: MAYOR JAMES, JR. AND COUNCILMEMBER JOHNSON
Title: Calling for the joint establishment of the Kansas City Urban Rail Transportation Development District with the Port Authority of Kansas City, Missouri, for the purpose of implementing and funding the design, engineering, construction and/or operation of an expanded streetcar system and other transportation projects.

Legislation History
DateMinutesDescription
1/7/2014 Filed by the Clerk's office
1/9/2014 Referred to Finance and Governance & Transportation Committee
1/16/2014 Be Adopted as a Committee Substitute
1/16/2014 Assigned Third Read Calendar as Substituted
1/23/2014 Adopted as Substituted

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COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR RESOLUTION NO. 140017

 

Calling for the joint establishment of the Kansas City Urban Rail Transportation Development District with the Port Authority of Kansas City, Missouri, for the purpose of implementing and funding the design, engineering, construction and/or operation of an expanded streetcar system and other transportation projects.

  WHEREAS, the Kansas City Downtown Streetcar Transportation Development District has been properly, duly and lawfully organized and is presently existing for the purpose of undertaking, or causing to be undertaken, the design, construction, ownership and/or operation of an approximately 2.1 mile downtown fixed rail streetcar line running generally along Main Street from River Market to Crown Center/Union Station (the “Starter Line”); and

WHEREAS, the City has determined that the Starter Line should be expanded to include additional expansion routes that will, subject to further design and engineering, run generally along (i) Independence Avenue, east from the Starter Line, (ii) Linwood Boulevard and/or 31st Street, east from the Starter Line, and (iii) Main Street and/or the public right of way commonly referred to as the Country Club Right of Way or public streets in the vicinity thereof, south from the Starter Line (collectively being the “Expansion Routes”); and

WHEREAS, the City has also determined that the Starter Line should be served by express bus vehicles to implement a bus rapid transit route that will, subject to further design and engineering, run generally along Prospect Avenue and Twelfth Street (the “BRT Route”); and

WHEREAS, the continued implementation of the Starter Line and the addition of the Expansion Routes and BRT Route will require a local financial commitment that is intended to be met through the formation and operation of the Kansas City Urban Rail Transportation Development District (the “TDD”) formed pursuant to Sections 238.200, et. seq., RSMo, as amended (the “TDD Act”); and

 WHEREAS, Section 238.207.5 of the TDD Act provides that a petition seeking the formation of the TDD may be filed in the appropriate Circuit Court by the governing body of a local transportation authority if two or more local transportation authorities have adopted resolutions calling for the joint establishment of the TDD; and

 WHEREAS, the City and the Port Authority of Kansas City, Missouri (the “Port Authority”) are each a local transportation authority with jurisdiction over certain transportation/transit improvements within the proposed boundaries of the TDD; and

 WHEREAS, the Port Authority is expected to adopt a resolution calling for the joint establishment with the City of the TDD; NOW, THEREFORE,

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 Section 1. That the City of Kansas City, Missouri, as a local transportation authority, calls for the joint establishment with the Port Authority of the Kansas City Urban Rail Transportation Development District in the manner provided for in Section 238.207.5, RSMo. 

Section 2. That upon the adoption by the Port Authority of a resolution calling for the joint establishment with the City of the TDD contemplated hereby, the Mayor is authorized to cause the preparation and filing, in the name and on behalf of the City, of a petition seeking the formation in accordance with the TDD Act. The petition shall be in such form and identify such specific boundaries and revenue sources as are determined by the Mayor and described in a communication by the Mayor to the Council, provided however that the maximum special assessment and sales tax rates shall not exceed those previously approved by the voters for the Kansas City Downtown Streetcar Transportation Development District.

 Section 3. That the City recognizes that pursuant to the TDD Act, the decisions to approve the formation of such TDD, and to approve the specific types of revenue and rates thereof, require the affirmative vote of the “qualified voters” (as defined in the TDD Act) voting thereon at elections to be conducted in the future for such purposes, and that neither the adoption of this Resolution, nor judicial approval of the formation petition for such TDD, will by themselves cause the formation of such TDD or the approval of the specific types of revenue and rates thereof.

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