Kansas City Mayor Sly James gave the State of the City Speech on Tuesday at the Nelson Atkins Museum in Kansas City. James used the event to highlight successes, such as the downtown streetcar, as well as the ongoing challenges of crime and violence and lobbied in favor of an April bond vote for infrastructure.
The streetcar in downtown Kansas City had its grand opening a month ago, and now supporters are hoping to extend the streetcar four miles south on Main Street to the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Students around the campus currently resort to personal cars or alternative methods in order to get downtown.
Onboard surveillance cameras captured video of a car smashing into the side of the KC Streetcar on its route as it crossed Truman Road Thursday, May 26, 2016. No one was injured in the collision. It was the first major collision involving the streetcar and the third incident within a week that caused at least one of the cars to be shut down.
On-board video from the streetcar that was hit by a vehicle Thursday night at Truman Road shows that the streetcar stopped at a red light, and then proceeded through the intersection when the light turned green. The wreck happened shortly after the streetcar moved across Truman. The shaking toward the end of the video is when the vehicle hit the streetcar.
Sandy Dubroc, 52, has lived through a lot, including a lost career and a divorce. “Getting this job,” she says, “I can reach a lot of people. Put smiles are on their faces.” Of the line’s 16 operators, Dubroc is one of three women guiding cars.
Kansas Citians and people from around the metro area were on hand as Kansas City celebrated the KC Streetcar on Friday, May, 6, 2016, with a grand opening celebration at Union Station. City officials, including Mayor Sly James, were on hand to officially launch the KC Streetcar, which will be offering free rides all weekend. The KC Streetcar, runs a north-south two-mile route along Main Street, connects the River Market to Crown Center and Union Station.