TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY TOY TRAIN STREETCAR BOASTS BETTER RIDERSHIP THAN SEATTLE, D.C. AND DALLAS WHILST CRITICS SKEPTICAL OF COUNTING METHODOLOGY!!!
The ridership numbers claimed by the Kansas City Streetcar are nothing less than incredible and completely surpass bigger cities which leads critics to question their validity.
Let's crunch the numbers quickly to start the week . . .
The Ride KC Streetcar website claims: The average daily ridership is 6,800.
Compare that with . . .
- Comparable in size with KC . . . The First Hill Streetcar Line in Seattle counts only 2,419 daily riders.
- In the nation's capitol, the Washington Post reports ridership with far less enthusiasm than Kansas City media: "According to the District Department of Transportation’s latest streetcar ridership report, the H Street line carried an average of 2,285 passengers each weekday in April. It carries more on Saturdays, but weekday ridership is the standard measuring stick nationwide. In raw terms, 2,285 riders per day is pretty low. But for a line that only carries passengers for 1.9 miles, it’s actually not bad."
- Kansas City can claim streetcar success hundreds of times greater than Dallas with a streetcar line that's comparable in size: "Dallas’s streetcar line opened last April and is attracting just 150 to 300 riders a day, Robert Wilonsky of the Dallas Morning News reports. The 1.6-mile streetcar connects downtown Dallas to the neighborhood of Oak Cliff. It cost $50 million, and the city hopes to expand it."
And so . . .
KANSAS CITY STREETCAR CRITICS CALL B.S. ON LOCAL NUMBERS THAT DON'T ADD UP WHEN COMPARED TO BIGGER, BETTER TOWNS!!!
An AWESOME TKC READER asks: "Is it possible they are fudging those ridership numbers?"
Only time will tell but it's a fact that OUR TKC BLOG COMMUNITY IS FIRST AND ONLY NEWS OUTLET TO PUT THE STREETCAR NUMBERS IN PERSPECTIVE and raise more questions rather than just parrot City Hall talking points.
You decide . . .