Kansas City to purchase two more streetcars for $11.9 million - KCTV5

Kansas City to purchase two more streetcars for $11.9 million

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The KC Streetcar Authority received approval from the City Council to purchase two additional streetcar vehicles for the existing downtown route.  (KCTV) The KC Streetcar Authority received approval from the City Council to purchase two additional streetcar vehicles for the existing downtown route. (KCTV)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

The KC Streetcar Authority received approval from the City Council to purchase two additional streetcar vehicles for the existing downtown route.

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

The total purchase plan is $11.9 million, with streetcar costs at approximately $4.9 million apiece, in addition to costs for spare parts and inspection support.

The purchase will use existing downtown Transportation Development District, or TDD, funds, resulting from higher than anticipated sales tax growth within the district and stabilized operations expenses.

The estimated time frame to build two streetcars is 24 months.  

"Our streetcar system is the envy of cities around the country with many other systems visiting Kansas City to learn best practices.  Future growth in downtown housing and development of new activity centers are anticipated to significantly grow ridership demand in coming years. This investment will allow us to meet the current demand as well as improve service for our riders,” said 3rd District Councilman Jermaine Reed, Chairman of Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Currently, the KC Streetcar system is comprised of four streetcar vehicles, with a three-streetcar operation running seven days a week.  

Since opening day, nearly 2,400,000 streetcar rides have been completed with daily average ridership at 5,700. This exceeds initial ridership forecasts of 2,700. 

“It is a good problem to have, our streetcars are running at or near capacity on a regular basis and we need additional capacity to ensure reliable operations and improved service in the years to come,” said Tom Gerend, executive director of the KC Streetcar Authority. 

The two additional KC Streetcars will be manufactured by CAF and produced at CAF's production plant in Elmira, NY.

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