Final steps of KC Streetcar construction arrive as a relief to business owners along the line

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Some downtown businesses are excited construction is finishing up for the KC Streetcar. Crews tested the streetcar for the first time on Friday morning. A tow truck pulled it along the tracks to test safety measures.

Anton Kotar, the owner of Anton's Taproom Restaurant on Main Street, said he looks forward to the streetcar being up and running, and said construction hurt business.

"For me, my day lunches, when there's a lot going on, heavy equipment, dust, this year they were down, my lunches were down I am not going to lie," he told FOX 4. "But, overall my dinners were up."

Kotar said even though the construction hurt lunch business, the construction crews have been a pleasure to work with.

"They don't know if the equipment is in front of your building, is obstructing it, that's something they don't really think about at 5 o'clock," he said. "But if you ask them they will move it 50 feet away and it opens up your door and your sign a little better."

The streetcar will make stops every two blocks. It is expected to be up and running as soon as March 2016.