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The KC Streetcar Authority yesterday announced that its Kansas City Streetcar service crossed the 1 million ridership milestone before the end of 2021.
The streetcar provided 1,000,375 rides as of Dec. 11, 2021, up from 782,556 rides provided in all of 2020.
KC Streetcar operating hours and service were increased as demand returned following the pandemic's peak in early 2021, authority officials said in a press release. In all, 2021 ridership recovered to nearly 60% of pre-pandemic levels.
The highest ridership day in 2021 was July 3, when 10,890 passenger trips were recorded, with the following Independence Day weekend registering the highest ridership weekend of the year. Summer was KC Streetcar’s most popular time to ride, with the highest monthly ridership numbers recorded in July at 149,713.