Security concerns addressed as testing on streetcars continues

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Testing on the streetcars continues this week as the city prepares to open the line to the public.

With the opening date scheduled for this spring, FOX 4 looked into some of your biggest questions and concerns.

This week testing will include an operator running the street car for the first time and learning how to operate while out on the streets.

With this milestone, many people asked how security will be enforced while on the vehicle. Donna Mandelbaum with the Kansas City Streetcars said there are 16 cameras pointing inside and outside of each car and the maintenance facility can watch those feeds live.

They are also teaming up with the Kansas City police department to add an extra set of eyes during the evenings and on the weekends. They also want to make sure no one rides the cars constantly.

When the streetcar stops at Union Station everyone will asked to get off the car so the operator can perform a sweep.

"We are also teaming up with the Kansas City Police Department to perform security on our street cars,"  Mandelbaum said. "At various times of the night and on the weekends. And teaming up with you downtown councils community improvement district to be an extra set of eyes on our street cars."

As for parking and traffic congestion downtown, the streetcar is expected to make the two-mile route in about 13 minutes.

The streetcar also has an agreement with police who are on call to both ticket and tow.

Already there have been 19 tickets given out and five vehicles have been towed.

The third streetcar arrives at the end of the month and the fourth arrives in March.

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