Kansas City streetcar running again after derailment

2 years 3 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, May 24 2016 May 24, 2016 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 7:32:47 AM CDT May 24, 2016 in News
By: Madeline Odle, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City's fledgling streetcar operation is running again experiencing its first major glitch.

The Kansas City Star reports that no one was hurt when several wheels of a streetcar came off the tracks Monday. The derailment happened while the streetcar was unloading passengers at Union Station. About 10 riders were on board.

While the service was down, buses were called in to ferry passengers along the streetcar's 2.2-mile route through downtown.

Kansas City Streetcar Authority spokeswoman Donna Mandelbaum says the shutdown looked to be triggered by a problem with a switch. The streetcar that came off the tracks did not appear to be damaged.

The streetcar starter line began operating earlier this month. The project cost $102 million, including $37.3 million in federal funding.

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