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KC Streetcar to reduce service to two cars due to COVID-19

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Posted at 11:58 AM, Mar 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-24 12:58:25-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Streetcar will reduce its service to two cars beginning Wednesday, March 25, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The two streetcars will operate at 15-minute frequencies between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The reduced hours were announced last week.

The KC Streetcar Authority said the shift "will have minimal impact on public service" but will help reduce staff and resource deployment.

“I am grateful to every member of our KC Streetcar team for providing crucial connections to downtown’s most essential services during this challenging time,” said Tom Gerend, executive director of the KC Streetcar Authority. “This service reduction will allow for redeployment of KC Streetcar staff to perform supplemental deep cleaning and sanitization efforts of the streetcar vehicles as we do all we can to safely serve the needs of our passengers.”

The streetcar vehicles are being cleaned twice a day, and Lysol is sprayed on board every time a streetcar arrives at the Union Station stop. Hand sanitizer dispensers also have been installed on every streetcar vehicle.