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Transit service in KC to briefly brake for total solar eclipse

Solar eclipse is likely to bring heavy traffic backups

Traffic backups will be likely for the Aug. 21 solar eclipse. More than a million out-of-state travelers are expected to flood Missouri roadways the days leading up to the eclipse. Plan to arrive early and stay late.
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Traffic backups will be likely for the Aug. 21 solar eclipse. More than a million out-of-state travelers are expected to flood Missouri roadways the days leading up to the eclipse. Plan to arrive early and stay late.

RideKC’s transit services will halt briefly Monday while bus and taxi drivers pull over during the total solar eclipse.

With the the solar eclipse to leave parts of Kansas City in total darkness, RideKC announced it would suspend service to ensure the safety of RideKC bus and RideKC Freedom passengers.

Drivers will pull over to safe locations at 1:05 p.m. and allow passengers to get off buses or taxis to view the eclipse and then return.

Service will begin operating at 1:10 p.m.

The Kansas City Streetcar also will briefly suspend service at 1:08 p.m. Monday for the eclipse. The streetcar has solar glasses it will make available to riders.

Transit riders should expect delays before and after the eclipse because more than a million out-of-state travelers are expected to pack Missouri roads for the solar eclipse.

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Robert A. Cronkleton: 816-234-4261, @cronkb

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