Kansas City to purchase 2 new streetcars

Posted: 5:00 PM, Jun 29, 2017
Updated: 2017-06-29 22:00:15Z
Kansas City to purchase 2 new streetcars

The KC Streetcar Authority received approval from city council to purchase two more streetcars for the downtown route.

On Thursday, the city's Transportation and Infrastructure Committee unanimously approved the purchase and acquisition plan for the additional vehicles. 

"This investment will allow us to meet the current demand as well as improve service for our riders,” said Third District Councilman Jermaine Reed, Chairman of Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

According to a press release from KC Streetcar, the total purchase plan is $11.9 million, with streetcar costs at $4.9 million for each, in addition to costs for spare parts and inspection support.

The purchase will use existing downtown Transportation Development District, or TDD, funds.

There are currently four streetcars. Since opening day, there have been nearly 2.4 million streetcar rides, according to the city. 

The estimated time to build the new streetcars is two years.