CHICAGO — Kansas City, Mo., is on track to construct a streetcar line starting next year using a financial plan crafted to protect the city's general fund budget better than past downtown revitalization projects.

Earlier this month, downtown voters within the boundaries of a special transportation development district approved a series of tax and assessments to finance the two-mile route — supported by Mayor Sly James and long lobbied for by the City Council member Russ Johnson.

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