TKC SUNDAY SPECIAL!!! KANSAS CITY TRANSIT ACTIVISTS DEMAND AN END TO THE TOY TRAIN STREETCAR FREE RIDE!!!
Despite Hollywood accounting tricks and propaganda from both consultants and toy train enthusiasts; ultimately all of Kansas City subsidizes the tiny Downtown streetcar line to the detriment of other pressing civic priorities.
The attention, press events, and time spent promoting the line by City Hall staff and elected officials comes at a cost to other pressing KCMO needs. Furthermore, anybody who has been following our declining urban core situation realizes that there are fewer police on the streets, less focus on trash pickup and street maintenance along with an overall abandonment of neighborhoods throughout this town amid the rise of Kansas City streetcar culture.
To wit . . .
TRANSIT ACTIVISTS DEMAND THE TOY TRAIN START CHARGING A FARE IN ORDER TO MOVE TOWARD SUSTAINABILITY AND CAPITALIZE ON CLAIMS OF POPULARITY!!!
Like it or not, this editorial crunches the numbers and hopes City Hall will enact a more equatable streetcar system that charges a fare. Here's the word . . .
Free Ride is Over
There is no reason that KCMO should be the only city in the US (possibly in the world) giving away free streetcar rides. Implementing a fare system would be easy. Automatic ticket dispenser kiosks ($1000 ea) would be added and fare enforcement is done by random inspection. This is the system used in other cities.
Using the same fare as the bus, those 6800 per day riders would generate $3,750,000 per year. Unfortunately, this is not enough to cover the $8,400,000 per year the trolley costs KCMO; but it would be a start.
You decide . . .