KC Streetcar hits parked car on Main

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Streetcar struck an illegally parked car near 20th and Main on Tuesday afternoon.

According to its Twitter account, the Streetcar was making test runs on Tuesday. The Streetcar Authority's communications manager, Donna Mandelbaum, says that testing is ongoing every weekday and on Saturdays. She tells FOX 4 that drivers need to adhere to the white lines next to the Streetcar lines.

"There is a white line that marks where cars can park on the Streetcar route. If you are parked on the outside of that white line, you are 'fouling the track' and you are violating a parking situation in which you impede the Streetcar from moving forward," Mandelbaum said.


No injuries were reported, and this was the first incident between a Streetcar and a parked car since testing has begun. The car was towed away, and the Streetcar was operational and taken back to the railyard. The illegally parked driver was issued a citation, and others who park illegally may be towed as well.

Mandelbaum reiterated that the white lines note a sharing and safety issue.

"To allow parking on the Streetcar route and have a Streetcar moving along Main Street we do have to share it. So those lines are very important to pay attention to, and to park within it, so that you're safe and the Streetcar remains safe," Mandelbaum said.


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