Tom Gerend said his Kansas City Streetcar Authority Inc. needs the two new cars on order “yesterday” even though they won’t arrive for two years.

The Kansas City Star reports that ridership has been more than twice what was projected, putting increased strain on the system’s current four vehicles and jeopardizing the authority’s ability to keep up with demand.

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