TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! KANSAS CITY STREETCAR DOUBLES DOWN ON FAKE NEWS RIDERSHIP STATS AMID EPIC TOY TRAIN PUSH TOWARD TWO MILLION IMAGINARY PASSENGERS!!!
Kansas City has a counting problem and a lack of transparency and oversight is making things worse as social media cheerleading substitutes for real local governance.
To wit . . .
THE KANSAS CITY TOY TRAIN STREETCAR CLAIMS TWO MILLION RIDERS DESPITE STATS THAT DON'T MATCH BIGGER, BETTER CITIES!!!
Here's a quick comparison for locals who aren't on the streetcar payroll and want to garner a bit of perspective:
KC Streetcar = 6,800 daily riders
Seattle = 2,419 daily riders
Washington DC = 2,285 daily riders
Dallas = 300 daily riders
Atlanta = 1,000 daily riders
Salt Lake City = 1,000 daily riders
Cincinnati = 1,664 daily riders
Meanwhile, locals are supposed to believe that MMA fighting on Easter weekend inspired toy train winning:
"2nd highest #kcstreetcar ridership day so far...14,965 on Sat, 4/15/17. Thank you, Kansas City!"
Never mind that local small Downtown biz receipts don't seem to reflect this uptick in Downtown tourism given by the meager increases in local job growth numbers.
Forget that most of the development along the streetcar line is also taxpayer subsidized.
And we'll pretend not to notice all of the empty storefronts along Main St. along with continued small biz controversy over parking slap fights with horrible tourists . . .
But here's the fact that stings even worse than most of the nation waking up to this scam . . .
OUR TKC BLOG COMMUNITY HAS PERFORMED A RIDERSHIP COMPARISON WITH SIX DIFFERENT CITIES AND FOUND KANSAS CITY NUMBERS SUSPECT!!! MEANWHILE, STREETCAR CHEERLEADERS DEMAND PUBLIC TRUST BASED ONLY ON TWEETS!!!
Juxtaposition: Kansas City still touts a 24 million annual tourist count that defies reality.
And once again, an army of supporters on the payroll propagates this myth while taxpayers across KCMO are expected to pick up the tab for a tourist adventure mostly built around hype.
You decide . . .