The Monthly Newsletter of IEEE Vehicular Technology Society—December 2019

Forward to a Colleague | RSS Join Our LinkedIn Group Join Our LinkedIn Group
spacer spacer
Transportation Systems
Kansas City's New Streetcar
Harvey Glickenstein

On 13 May 2019, Kansas City, Missouri, received its latest and fifth streetcar. The new streetcar, number 805, will be joined by 806 later in 2019. Kansas City’s first streetcar service opened for revenue on 6 May 2016.

The 2-mile route runs along Main Street and serves Union Station, the Crossroads Arts District, Power and Light District, Central Business District, and historic River Market/City Market District. 16 stops are spaced every two blocks.

Streetcar ridership in the city had grown so fast that, before the end of 2017, the KC Streetcar Authority decided to order the two additional streetcars to supplement the original four. During 2018, KC Streetcar ridership logged year-over-year monthly ridership growth for seven straight months and closed out the year with 2,114,886 rides, up from 2,060,327 in 2017.

The KC Streetcar system marked its 5 millionth ride in September 2018 and its highest one-day ridership on 6 July 2018, with 19,181 trips. After delivery, Streetcar 805 was off-loaded from a flatbed truck and onto the tracks located along Second Street, just east of Oak Street. It underwent final assembly and shop trials for several days before being tested on the tracks.

Mainline testing was primarily conducted during overnight hours, when KC Streetcar is out of service. Examples of mainline tests include system propulsion, braking, communications, and a 300-mi burn-in trial to verify reliable operation of all vehicle doors and systems.

Full article: IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine, Volume 14, Number 3, September 2019

spacer spacer
Previous Article Previous Article
Next Article Next Article
Return to Top Return to Top
spacer spacer
Home Return Home
Print This Article Print This Article
spacer spacer
Share Share This Article Share Share Share
In This Issue
Message from the EiC
A Fond Farewell!
Nominate a Member for IEEE Fellow
VTS Elections 2019—Results
Chapter Report: Victoria, BC
From the IEEE VTS Resource Center
Fundamentals of Connected Vehicles
From the IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine
Autonomous Wireless Systems with AI
Mobile Radio
Wireless Solutions for Agriculture 4.0
Transportation Systems
Kansas City's New Streetcar
Call for Papers
VTC2020-Spring Recent Results Open Now
Our New Publication:
IEEE Open Journal of Vehicular Technology


Abbas Jamalipour

Jump to
Conference News
Jump to
Pubs and Videos

IEEE VTS Website

Member Resources
Tech Communities
About Us


IEEE VTC2020-Spring

25–28 May 2020

Antwerp, Belgium

Call for RECENT RESULTS now open
New track: Wireless Healthcare!
Papers due 20 January 2020

Become a Sponsor of VTC2020-Spring!

IEEE VTC2020-Fall

4–7 October 2020

Victoria, BC Canada

Submit a WORKSHOP proposal

Submit a TUTORIAL proposal

Submit a SPECIAL EVENT proposal

Become a SPONSOR of VTC2020-Fall!


26–29 October 2020

Gijón, Spain

Submit a SPECIAL SESSION proposal

Submit a TUTORIAL proposal

Submit a SPECIAL EVENT proposal

Become a SPONSOR of VPPC 2020!

The IEEE VTS Board of Governors has approved these locations for upcoming VTCs

Mark your calendars!


Hong Kong


Helsinki, Finland


FREE for VTS Members
VTS Resource Center
VTS Resource Center
A Multimedia
Educational Library
IEEE Vehicular
Technology Magazine

Volume 14, Number 4
IEEE Transactions on
Vehicular Technology

Volume 68, Number 11
View Past Issues of
  50 most popular VTM articles 50 most popular TVT articles  
Copyright © IEEE

To ensure delivery, please add to your email address book or Safe Sender List. If you are still having problems receiving our emails, see our whitelisting page for more details.
Vehicular Technology Society Homepage IEEE Homepage