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Second Saturday Conversation: The Future of Kansas City Streetcar

June 8, 2019, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Photo credit: Andrew Grumke, Kansas City Business Journal

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About Second Saturdays

Second Saturday Conversations feature interesting sci-tech and engineering speakers and topics in an informal setting. The programs are held in the Auditorium or Main Reading Room from 11:00 a.m. to Noon.

The exhibition galleries and the William N. Deramus III Cosmology Theater are open 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month. Free admission and parking. Reference, research, and circulation services are not available on Second Saturdays.

The June 8 lecture

KC Streetcar recently marked its third anniversary in downtown Kansas City. Since its opening, the KC Streetcar system has completed over six million passenger trips and traveled nearly 400,000 miles with a daily ridership average of 5,694. Join Tom Gerend, Executive Director of KC Streetcar, for an overview of current operations and future plans.

About the speaker

Since 2014, Tom Gerend has served as the first executive director of the Kansas City Streetcar Authority, a nonprofit corporation established to oversee the operation and maintenance of the KC Streetcar system. He also chairs the city’s Smart City Advisory Board, where he works to help advance Smart City implementation in downtown and along the streetcar route, and is a member of the Downtown Council of Kansas City, Missouri Public Transit Association, and Kansas City Regional Transit Coordinating Council boards of directors. Tom previously served as the assistant director and then co-director of transportation planning for the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), where he led regional transportation planning, streetcar planning and public transit coordination across the eight-county, bi-state Kansas City region. He earned a B.S. in community and regional planning from Iowa State University.

Admission tickets

The event is free and open to the public; however, e-tickets are required.


Parking is free in Library parking lots and along the west side of Holmes Street between 51st and 52nd streets. The main entrance to the Library grounds is on Cherry Street. The Linda Hall Library is not affiliated with UMKC. Parking in all UMKC lots is by permit or meter. Doors open at 10 a.m.


June 8, 2019
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Eric Ward


Linda Hall Library
5109 Cherry
Kansas City, MO 64110 United States
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