Kansas City's Union Station ends year with surplus

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
After years of struggles, Kansas City

John LeCoque

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- After years of struggles, Kansas City's Union Station appears to be on solid financial footing.

Station officials say the downtown Kansas City landmark ended 2013 with a $1.8 million cash surplus -- the fourth year in a row with a seven-digit surplus.

The Kansas City Star reports the year-end numbers were approved Tuesday. The surplus was attributed in part to the "Real Pirates" exhibit and success of first-run movies on the digital 3-D Extreme Screen. Science City recorded a 17 percent increase in revenue and attendance and revewn were up almost 25 percent at the planetarium.

The station continues to struggle with capital costs, including $600,000 this year to replace escalators this year.

The station had struggled financially since voters approved a special tax to refurbish it in 1999.

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