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Ride KC debuts unique technology to melt ice, snow

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Posted at 9:50 PM, Dec 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-17 11:12:37-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Ride KC debuted its conductive concrete this week.

As the snow fell on Sunday into Monday, platforms along the Prospect MAX line were clear thanks to the technology.

Conductive concrete is a unique mixture designed to melt snow and ice. An automatic system turns on once the temperature drops below 38 degrees and moisture is detected in the air. There's also a manual setting.

Dick Jarrold, a vice president with Ride KC, said, the system is "low voltage," so it does not use a lot of power or electricity.

"If we had 10 events like this a year, we think the total cost to us would be about $20,000 to use the conductive concrete on these platforms," Jarrold said.

The goal is to improve safety by reducing the risk of falls during winter weather. Conductive concrete is located at multiple platforms along the Prospect MAX route. All locations are expected to be activated in the next 30 days.