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$50 million in stimulus funds goes to Kansas City's 'Green Impact Zone'

The Kansas City area landed a hefty $50 million for bus and street projects Wednesday.

But not everyone came out a winner — there was only so much federal stimulus money to go around.

Still, the region did well compared with the rest of the country.

There will be money to fix sidewalks and streets in U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver's so-called "Green Impact Zone," a 150-block area in Kansas City's urban core that's been marked by high rates of violence and poverty.

And there will be money to lay the foundation of a regional express bus network linking Kansas City with Johnson County and Kansas City, Kan.

But there will not be money for a downtown streetcar line, BNSF Railway's proposed freight hub near Gardner, truck-only lanes on Interstate 70 or more bike paths.

The BNSF railyard, which has stirred controversy, had been hoping for $50 million to start a project that has been delayed.

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