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On January 29, 2021, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an Order requiring the public and transit operators to wear face masks while on public transit and at transit stops. In Kansas City, this includes RideKC buses, streetcars, and stops. A summary of that order and definitions can be found here.
RideKC transit partners have required face coverings since local governments issued emergency orders last year. The new CDC order requires transit riders to wear face masks that cover both the mouth and nose. Scarves and bandanas are no longer an acceptable face covering.
“We thank all of the region’s transit riders for doing an amazing job supporting the mask requirement to this point and we ask for everyone’s help in continuing to comply with this important mandate as we work together to keep Kansas City safe,” said Tom Gerend, Executive Director of the Kanas City Streetcar Authority.
On November 16, 2020, The City of Kansas City, Missouri announced new Safer At Home guidelines to combat the Covid-19 pandemic in the Kansas City region. Click here for the updated guidelines.
The KC Streetcar will continue with the twice daily cleanings of all streetcars in service and the adjusted hours of operation. This will be in place through the remainder of 2020.
“As Greater Kansas City continues to balance our region’s economy and community health needs, employer-based safe commute policies and plans are integral to core business operations and the health of our workforce. The Safe Commute Guide is meant to assist employers in navigating the risks and best practices for each of Kansas City’s diverse transportation options, in order to find the solutions that make sense for their needs and goals through the pandemic and beyond. We hope to equip local businesses with the tools they need to get their employees to work and stay resilient in the face of a public health crisis.” ~ From The Safe Commute KC Guide
Click here for Kansas City’s Safe Commute Guide, created in collaboration with the Mid-America Regional Council, RideKC, KC Streetcar, KC Chamber, and the Full Employment Council.
Starting August 3, 2020, the KC Streetcar adjusted operations as downtown Kansas City slowly reopened to business and activity. Operating hours remained the same but there are three streetcars running daily, Monday – Sunday. These schedule adjustments were made due to observed demand and increased downtown activity levels.
Starting June 29, 2020, as per the City of Kansas City, Missouri’s, latest directive, face coverings are required while riding the KC Streetcar. If you don’t have a face mask or covering, we will provide masks to riders at our Union Station KC Streetcar stop, as supplies last.
Phase I carries forward all current mitigations efforts and slightly expands the streetcar operations schedule and on-route car availability.
During this “stay-at-home” period, we are asking riders to use the KC Streetcar for essential trips only. This includes going to get groceries, attending medical appointments, traveling to essential employment, and going to the pharmacy.
On April 16, 2020, and in response to Kansas City, Missouri’s Mayor Quinton Lucas extending the Stay-at-Home order to May 15 because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the KC Streetcar started operating with reduced hours. This meant service with two streetcars, with 15-minute arrivals, and conclude service at 8:00 p.m. nightly. Previously, the KC Streetcar was operating with reduced service of only two streetcars since March 25.
This shift does have minimal impact on public service but does help to minimize staff and resource deployment, aligning KC Streetcar operations with the needs and conditions downtown while continuing to provide essential public transportation service.
“This schedule modification aligns our service levels appropriately while supporting Mayor Lucas’s Emergency Declaration related to the closure of restaurants, bars, and downtown activity centers,” said Tom Gerend, executive director, KC Streetcar Authority. “We are encouraging all streetcar riders to limit trips to those that are necessary and respect the social distancing guidelines put forward by the CDC,” continued Gerend.
The KC Streetcar is closely monitoring the situation and will follow instructions and recommendations issued by the City of Kansas City, Missouri and the Kansas City Health Department. KC Streetcar operations and services are evaluated regularly to allow for any adjustments if needed. Any changes in service and operations will be communicated electronically through the KC Streetcar website, social media channels and the RideKC Notify text alert system (text ‘streetcar’ to 816.685.8541).
As part of our daily maintenance routine, all KC Streetcars receive a thorough cleaning at the end of every day. The cleaning products the team uses are effective against numerous bacteria and viruses, including the Human Coronavirus and Influenza Type A Virus.
In addition to cleaning and disinfecting the streetcar vehicles, the KC Streetcar team performs regular cleaning of all streetcar sheltered stops. All glass and shelter frames are cleaned twice a week. The deep cleaning and power washing of all the streetcar stops are performed weekly or as needed.
As is common practice, KC Streetcar team members will immediately remove streetcars from service for cleaning if a passenger creates an unsanitary condition of any kind.
If you see an unhygienic surface onboard the streetcar or at a stop, report it to the operator, safety ambassador or another KC Streetcar team member.
With heightened awareness around the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the KC Streetcar is closely monitoring the situation and will follow instructions and recommendations issued by the City of Kansas City, Missouri and the Kansas City Health Department.
We will communicate any changes in service and operations electronically through the KC Streetcar website (www.kcstreetcar.org/clean), social media channels and the RideKC Notify text alert system (text ‘streetcar’ to 816.685.8541).
The following are performed daily:
In response to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns, additional precautions are being taken including:
For information about what RideKC Bus is doing in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), visit their website here.
Further information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found on the City of Kansas City, Missouri’s website.
For updated information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control website.
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With cold and flu season upon us and heightened awareness around the Coronavirus (COVID-19), please know that we are closely monitoring the situation and will follow instructions and recommendations issued by the City of Kansas City, Missouri and the Kansas City Health Department as needed.
*updated February 1, 2021