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City leaders visits Kansas City for inspiration for Baton Rouge's tram

(Source: TramlinkBR) (Source: TramlinkBR)

Mayor Kip Holden and a delegation of city leaders returned from checking out the new streetcar line in Kansas City, Missouri. 

The Kansas City streetcar line is 2.2 miles long in the city's downtown and started running three weeks ago. 

Like Baton Rouge is expecting, the surrounding areas of the Kansas City streetcar are undergoing an economic boom. 

Holden is pumped about the impact the tram would have in the city with its Nicholson Drive, LSU to Downtown route. 

"We concentration on these areas in particular, because it also brings economic development," Holden said. "More sprucing up of communities and neighborhoods, and it's one of the things that the benefits don't stop on the track. They go across the track because a lot of the tourists are broadening the cities of this magnitude. So it's a win win for us."

The estimated cost of the three-mile TramLinkBR is $150 million.

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