Full Scale Emergency Exercise
On Saturday, March 4, the KC Streetcar team will conduct a full-scale emergency exercise to test the operational coordination and preparedness of the streetcar system and first responder personnel in the event of an incident involving a streetcar. The exercise will take place between 9 a.m. and noon.
KC Streetcar Authority personnel along with the Kansas City Police Department, the Kansas City Fire Department, first responders, the City of Kansas City, Missouri, Herzog Transit, and the KC Area Transportation Authority will coordinate and practice their emergency protocols for dealing with such an incident. This collective team performs full scale emergency exercises of the KC Streetcar system every three years.
The full scale emergency exercise will take place along the KC Streetcar non-revenue track located at 2nd Street between Oak Street and Grand Boulevard. There will be significant emergency personnel on-site in the parking lot between 2nd – 3rd Streets, and Oak and Grand during the exercise. Residents are advised that this is only a drill and to use caution when traveling near the area. The parking lot at 3rd & Grand, as well as Oak Street between 2nd and 3rd Street, will be closed to the public starting Saturday, March 4 at 6 a.m. Both Oak Street and the parking lot will reopen to the public after the drill.
MEDIA VIEWING AREA: The media will be restricted to the designated media area inside the parking lot located at 3rd and Grand Boulevard. Media can enter the KCATA parking lot from the southern Grand Boulevared entrance only. The entrance along Oak Street will be closed. Media won’t be able to access the Kite E. Singleton Yard KC Streetcar facility or the active emergency exercise area while the drill is in progress. There will be a designated KC Streetcar Authority spokesperson on site at 8:30 a.m. to answer any media questions.