KC Streetcar reducing hours in response to COVID-19

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Posted at 1:11 PM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 14:11:29-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Streetcar will temporarily reduce operating hours in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Beginning Friday, March 20, the KC Streetcar will run from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Three streetcars will continue to run each day.

The reduced hours will allow streetcar staff to clean the vehicles and stops, as well as giving those employees more time with their families, KC Streetcar said in a news release.

“This schedule modification aligns our service levels appropriately while supporting Mayor (Quinton) Lucas’ Emergency Declaration related to the closure of restaurants, bars and downtown activity centers,” said Tom Gerend, executive director of the KC Streetcar Authority. “We are encouraging all streetcar riders to limit trips to those that are necessary and respect the social distancing guidelines put forward by the (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)."

KC Streetcar said all of the vehicles are cleaned twice a day using products “effective against numerous bacteria and viruses."

Hand sanitizers have been installed on every streetcar, and Lysol is sprayed on board every time a streetcar arrives at the Union Station stop.