With record ridership and plans to extend its line, the Kansas City Streetcar is building for a strong future. The Kansas City Streetcar Authority (KCSA) announced that its 2.2-mile system hit two new records in July, with the week of July 2nd to 8th serving just shy of 79,000 riders (78,998). In that same week, the streetcar had its highest daily usage to date, with 19,181 riders on July 6th, beating the previous one-day record by almost 2000.
The KC Streetcar opened in May, 2016, and is free-to-ride. It runs north-south, between River Market and Union Station, with 16 stops. That route is set to be expanded another four miles south from Union Station to reach the Volker Campus of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and would add 5 to 6 cars to the existing three. In June, local voters approved special sales and property taxes to extend service by a 3-to-1 margin. The timetable for completing the estimated $250 project is currently 2023.
The following VisitKC.com video gives a further look at the current Kansas City Streetcar:
This writer rode the streetcar in 2017 when visiting Kansas City and found it very convenient and clean, having used to connect to Union Station for travel on Amtrak’s River Runner across Missouri to St. Louis.
(Copyright – Chad Beharriell)