TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! SELLING THE SIZZLE: SCORCHING SUMMER TEMPERATURES DRY UP KANSAS CITY TOY TRAIN STREETCAR RYDER COUNT!!!
Oppressive Summer heat in Kansas City have KICK-ASS INSIDERS AMONG OUR BLOG COMMUNITY worried about the impact on the streetcar.
Never mind all the power drained from the Downtown grid to operate this rolling transit experiment.
Let's talk environmental concern . . .
BLAZING HOT TEMPERATURES DURING THE KANSAS CITY MIDDAY HAVE KEPT MOST TOY TRANS EMPTY!!!
Along with photographic evidence, we have FIRST PERSON testimony . . .
From our blog community with more than a bit of irony: "Looks like ridership is finally starting to pickup. This photo was taken at around midday."
We asked around . . . This is the response we got back . . .
"Yes, it's pretty simple. Public transit around Kansas City slows and empties when it's hot like this but I think the impact for streetcar could be worse because tourists are staying in their neighborhoods, going to pools or other air-conditioned spots. So much of Downtown Kansas City is corporate and during the day it's not designed for tourists trying to beat the heat. Even the swimming pool is private and for members only . . . Extreme temperatures can be brutal in KC and the streetcar is no exception."
Speaking of new hotness, let's continue our conversation yesterday on apps, time and toy train tech.
An insightful Kansas City denizen reminds us:
About the clocks not working on the streetcar line and the Transit app for buses.
KCATA has had an official transit app in Kansas City for several years and I use it when taking buses. It's terrific. It tells you when you're bus is close to your location and also tells you about any bus that you're transferring to.
It's free. Just download it to a smart phone. No need for million-dollar "Smart City" kiosks downtown!
God forbid our local TV stations or The Star would cover something like this and bus transportation when they think the streetcar is so much more fashionable!
Remember that the original streetcar app didn't live up to reward promises so we're hoping the new unofficial app effort will prove more successful as ridership is clearly suffering because of the weather and the misguided "build it and they will come" (or not) philosophy.
Developing . . .