Downtown streetcar to offer frequent runs

File photo. Construction in preparation for the downtown streetcar route.

File photo. Construction in preparation for the downtown streetcar route.

The Kansas City Streetcar will run every ten minutes on weekdays and seven days a week once it is in operation in early 2016.

The Kansas City Streetcar Authority (KCSA) Board of Directors approved the preliminary operating schedule for the KC Streetcar system Thursday.

“The streetcar operations plan approved by the board reinforces our commitment to provide high quality, frequent streetcar service to support downtown businesses, visitors, and residents,” said Tom Gerend, KCSA Executive Director, said in a press release.

Here’s more from the streetcar authority:

The KC Streetcar system will operate seven days a week, with service running from 6 a.m. to midnight on Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, and 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.  The service will be the most frequent transit service in the region with streetcars running every 10 minutes in peak weekday weekday periods Monday through Friday and every 12 to 18 minutes the remainder of the week.   Detailed route schedules will be finalized at the conclusion of service and operations testing.

“This operating schedule keeps the promises made to downtown voters paying into the streetcar TDD (transportation development district)  – frequent service so you don’t have to check a schedule, and late night runs on the weekends,”  said David Johnson, KCSA Board member and Operations Committee Chair.

The KC Streetcar is a modern streetcar system currently under construction in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. The system will be free to ride and will feature real-time arrival signage, level-boarding, on-board bicycle accommodations, and enhanced transit stop shelters and signage.

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