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Published on : Mar 02, 2015

The downtown streetcar construction for Kansas City is almost 50 per cent complete and officials say that the construction should be complete by this fall.

Post construction, the streetcars that will be used will then undergo months of testing before they are approved for passenger usage. They are scheduled to be in full operation in the early months of 2016.

Tom Gerend, the executive director of the streetcar authority for Kansas City, said on Friday that they will be shooting for the first quarter of 2016. They quicker they can open the streetcars to the public, the better off they will be.

Gerend also said that the construction of the streetcars is on track and will be finished by this fall. The four vehicles that will be released first will arrive in September. The rest of the streetcars will be release in the few months after that. However, the vehicles once released will undergo many months of testing before they are approved for passenger purposes. This could possibly shift the public opening to the winter months.

He also said that while some authorities deliberated over postponing the launch till the City experiences milder weather, they might still release in the winter as the public has shown their eagerness for the project’s launch.

There are currently a number of small businesses and restaurants in the Crossroads and the River Market that have complained of issues of water and sewer work due to the ongoing streetcar track construction. It has caused inconvenience to customers and motorists for more than nine months and has affected their bottom line.