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Streetcar operates on own electric power for first time

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- For the first time Thursday, the Kansas City Streetcar will operate on its own electric power.

Testing began at 7 a.m.

The streetcar will make three trips from River Market to Union Station, and test at various speeds, travel corners, approach customer platforms, check overhead wires and clearances.

The streetcar went through an initial run last week but was towed by a giant truck. The first test went well.

This is the first of four streetcars to be used on the $100-million dollar starter route. The streetcars will provide transportation to riders for free. There are 16 stops.

City officials say they hope to begin service in March in time for Big 12 basketball tournament.