Kansas City streetcars facing possible delay
KANSAS CITY (AP) - Kansas City's new $100-million streetcar system was facing potential delays Wednesday that could mean it won't be ready in time for next March's Big 12 men's basketball tournament.
Mayor Sly James said it's crucial the new two-mile downtown streetcar system carry passengers in time for the March 2016 tournament, which was expected to draw thousands of visitors to downtown Kansas City.
The streetcar track work was completed, and the electrical wiring was expected to be ready by the end of September.
City Manager Troy Schulte told The Kansas City Star on Tuesday the four streetcars, which together cost about $18 million, might not be finished until the end of the year, and that might not be enough time to start the service in March.