KC Streetcar enjoys high-traffic launch

The Kansas City streetcar carried its first round of public riders this weekend, exceeding the Kansas City Streetcar Authority Inc.’s expectations.

On Monday morning, CEO Tom Gerend provided some insight into the weekend’s numbers:

  • $1.7 billion in economic development along the Transportation Development District
  • 32,000 streetcar riders during the course of the weekend
  • 2,700 riders expected per day on average for the year
  • 801-804— the four Kansas City streetcar numbers
  • 150 riders per streetcar at capacity
  • 16 stops along the 2.2-mile streetcar line from Union Station to River Market
  • 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. expected peak hours for the streetcar
  • 15 streetcar operators and three route supervisors
  • 3 streetcars operating at all times
  • 0 incidents or arrests during the weekend
  • $0 to ride, with no plans to raise the price unless the streetcar system expands

The line, which runs between the River Market and Union Station, began regular weekday service on Monday.

Read more: Kansas City Business Journal


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