KC Streetcar opens for business

Trams have returned to the streets of Kansas City after an absence of more than 50 years.

On May 6, the 3.5-kilometre downtown KC Steetcar line opened, connecting the River Market with Union Station.

An opening ceremony was held at Union Station in the morning before a selection of dignitaries hopped on board for the inaugural ride.

KC Streetcar has, in part, been funded by increasing sales tax on the goods and services sold along the Streetcar route. In return, the KC Streetcar is free to ride.

The hope is that the presence of the light rail system will drive the growth of local businesses.

More than 300 transmitters along the route also provide the Streetcar with free Wi-Fi coverage for passengers.



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