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KC Streetcar Update | October 2016

In just 5 months of service, the Kansas City Streetcar completed its one millionth ride.
At approximately 1:35pm on October 7, the one millionth ride took place on streetcar #803.  As a sign of appreciation, Mayor Sly James, the entire Kansas City Streetcar team and downtown partners celebrated with a “Thanks a Million, KC!” community community party on October 13 in the Kansas City Power & Light District.  There were games hosted by UMKC Athletics, giveaways and live music provided by Art in the Loop performer, Amado Espinoza, local funk/rock/soul band The Phantastics and live art provided by J.T. Daniels.
“This milestone is a clear sign of the success of the KC Streetcar,” said Mayor Sly James. “I’m incredibly grateful to the KC Streetcar Authority and its efforts to help make the starter line not only a reality, but a huge success. The KC Streetcar continues to exceed even our wildest expectations and it’s more important than ever that we keep this momentum going,” continued Mayor Sly James.
Streetcar ridership, otherwise known as Unlinked Passenger Trips, is calculated by Automated Passenger Counters (APC) located over each door of each streetcar. Passengers are counted as they board and exit the streetcars, and the data collected shows which stops are the most used and which hours of the day are the busiest.  The ridership data is downloaded daily and reviewed by a third-party for accuracy. During July, members from the Ride KC team performed thirty manual passenger checks in order to check for accuracy. The conclusion of that activity was that the APC counts are within 1.4% accuracy of the manual counts.

Today, the KC Streetcar Authority issued a Request for Qualifications/Proposals for Design Professional Services for a Streetcar Riverfront Extension & Multi-Modal Feasibility Study to Berkley Riverfront Park. 

Click here for the Request for Qualifications/Proposals for Design Professional Services.

Since 2010, local officials and transit providers in Kansas City have been working on the planning, design, and implementation of an initial phase of streetcar implementation in downtown Kansas City.  Recently, in an effort to build on this initial starter-line, the Kansas City Streetcar Authority, in partnership with Port KC and the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (”KCATA”), is initiating the planning of a Streetcar Riverfront Extension and Multimodal Feasibility Study to assess possible connections to Berkley Riverfront Park.
KCSA, in coordination with Port KC and the KCATA, is seeking proposals from qualified firms to conduct a Streetcar Riverfront Extension and Multi-Modal Feasibility Study to assess multi-modal transportation needs and the general feasibility of a northern riverfront extension of the Kansas City Streetcar.

Click here to read more about the Riverfront Extension Feasibility Study
For questions, contact Donna Mandelbaum, KC Streetcar Authority, at or 816.627.2526.
Please join the Art in the Loop Foundation and the Downtown Council as we celebrate the 2016 Art in the Loop, Art on the Line and Art in the Park projects. 

On Wednesday, November 2, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., the public is invited to a Closing Reception and Pop-Up Exhibit at the Kansas City Public Library Central Library, located at 14 West 10th Street.  Objects and ephemera from the 2016 projects will be displayed, turning the Helzberg Auditorium into a gallery for the evening.

The 2016 Art in the Loop Project: Connect was brought to you by the Art in the Loop Foundation with the support of the Downtown Council, Downtown Community Improvement District, City of Kansas City, Missouri, KC Streetcar Authority, Missouri Arts Council, Neighborhood Trust and Development Fund, ArtsKC and many corporate sponsors.

Additional information can be found on the attached flyer and at: 
This KC Streetcar update provides at-a-glance information related to the KC Streetcar.  For more information, check out the website and follow the KC Streetcar on Twitter @kcstreetcar and Facebook
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