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4/3/2017



Rail News: Passenger Rail

KC Streetcar Authority to buy more vehicles, increase service


The agency expects to reach 2 million total rides by May.
Photo – Kansas City Streetcar Authority

The Kansas City Streetcar Authority (KCSA) is negotiating with CAF USA Inc. to purchase two additional vehicles to meet ridership demands, The Kansas City Star reported late last week.

The agency now operates a four-vehicle fleet. Including parts and warranty, each new vehicle could cost $5 million, according to the newspaper.

It may take two years to build the units.

KCSA also is expanding Sunday hours as ridership grows. The agency plans to run streetcars from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday instead of 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

KCSA has logged total ridership since the system opened in May 2016 at 1,787,746 rides. The authority expects to reach 2 million total rides by the system's first anniversary.



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