Saturday, September 09, 2017

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY STREETCAR CONFRONTS MORE PRESSURE TO STOP FREE RIDES!!!



Questions of disparity and lost revenue persist as voters demand more accountability from The Kansas City Streetcar Authority.

While working poor bus riders are forced to pay their share to fund local transit, streetcar riders enjoying luxury living space and night life don't have to pay a dime.

To wit . . .

CHECK THIS EPIC COST ANALYSIS FROM THE TKC BLOG COMMUNITY WHICH OFFERS A PEEK AT TOY TRAIN LOST REVENUE THANKS TO UNFAIR FREE RIDES!!!

Here's part of the breakdown . . .

"The Kansas City streetcar tallied its 2 millionth ride Friday, May 5, 2017. If they would have been charging the tourists to use it that would have meant potentially $6-million revenue that could have been used to offset the estimated $11-million a year in operating expenses."

There's a trend at play here . . .

Detroit has cancelled streetcar free rides.

Furthermore . . .

AMID UPCOMING STREETCAR ELECTIONS, THE TOPIC OF FARES HAS GARNERED MORE ATTENTION AND ADVOCACY FROM LOCALS WHO BELIEVE THAT ENDING FREE RIDES IS ESSENTIAL IN SECURING MORE STREETCAR REVENUE AND SUSTAINABILITY!!!

That's right, there are a growing number of strident streetcar supporters who see fares as a way to pay for a proposed extension.

After all, if the Kansas City toy train streetcar is soooooooo popular, that means people would gladly pay for the service, right?

You decide . . .

33 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Fares are a big part of funding for the bus. It's a big percentage of what keeps the ATA going. What's the argument against charging? Streetcar riders don't need to pay but the rest of the city does? There's just no defending that kind of privilege.

Anonymous said...

How would we implement the charges? That's what I'd like to know. I guess it's easy enough on the bust. I think some people underestimate the streetcar riders. A lot of them would gladly purchase a quick pass that worked electronically.

Real KC said...

We are a "smart city" after all. KC's reasons for not doing it are getting harder to justify.

get real said...

^^^

Don't be cow TKC! Would anybody really pay to ride the streetcar? UNLIKELY.

Anonymous said...

It's a sure loser to try to charge after you've offered a service or product for free.
Just ask the Star and their online content.
The streetcar is just another financial sucking chest wound inflicted on KCMO residents which will still be sucking money out of the general fund long after the thrill of this fad has faded.
Bad choices and decisions.
Short-term excitement over long-term funding and priorities.
How's Mike's taxpayer-funded hotel coming?

Anonymous said...

MORE ATTENTION AND ADVOCACY FROM LOCALS

Oh yeah? Such as?

Anonymous said...

And trolley boy will issue another of his incoherent ad hominem herf derfs just as soon as he sobers up. Check back in a few hours.

Anonymous said...

The free rides likely were intended to get the ridership numbers up, and those manufactured numbers would then be used to justify an extension. That really did not work. Those pushing for the extension lost all credibility long ago.

Anonymous said...

This is probably the wrong website to be talking about "credibility" on.

Anonymous said...

The streetcar people would never agree to charging a fare because it would show their wild ridership claims are bogus. Actual ridership numbers would be verified by the number of tickets sold. You don't see the buses making outrageous ridership claims.

Anonymous said...

90% of the ridership are tourist. Why should KCMO citizens have to pay for an amusement ride for them?

Hyperblogal said...

Two millionth rider... sure... Just like the wait time at KCI is 30 minutes... It's going to take years to restore trust in City Hall..

Anonymous said...

Everyone reading this need to call the St. Joseph MoDOT office first thing Monday morning and protest the continued employment of traffic engineer Joseph Turner, who is a Street Car supporter and frequent patron.

Super Dave said...

The free ride gimmick should have been the first weekend only and from there on a fare equal to what is charged to ride a bus. Sure the rider counts will plummet but is only way to prove without a doubt what a joke this whole train deal was.

Anonymous said...

Just charge a dollar. At least then negroes won't ride it. They will just carjack some dumb sss pussy millenial instead.

Anonymous said...

Also the wrong. City

Anonymous said...

That must be why every negro that passes me on the street always ask for a dollar.

Public Service Announcement said...

If the toy choo choo can be a free ride then all the buses should be a free ride as well.

Anonymous said...

I bet Cleaver saves the city by getting a Federal grant to pay for the free rides. After all we can not let KC slip as THE entitlement city.

Hyperblogal said...

Some movies are so bad that "free" is the only way to make them work.

agentzero said...

Streetcar extension is going to get maximal challenge as will any foisted fix. Fix what you have with 800 million and then we will talk. Note how the barely funded rag tag army has with almost no resources changed the narrative and has the machine just looking like special interest fixers. Go public first with priorities, not developer/lawyer special interest pretend emergencies. The costs of being bs artists are going way up.

agentzero said...

The departure of Sly and protégés is now very much looked forward to. Same the usual suspect lawyer riddled pork orgy Sly operates by.

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agentzero said...

Name, blame, shame

Anonymous said...

There's not going to be any more federal money for this debacle. It will be obsolete by 2025 if not sooner with autonomous electric buses, shuttles and Uber self driving cars.

Anonymous said...

9:46: Every single one? Really? You must be very busy.

Anonymous said...

Weez gunna be a walkable toonz town by the time Slick gits donz wit diz place.

Anonymous said...

Why?

Anonymous said...

^^^^^^^^BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Keep trying basement boy & keep chasing that whale ahab!!!!

More fake news coming from this guy:

http://guardianksmo.blogspot.com/

Real KC Streetcar news here:

http://tonyskcstreetcar.blogspot.com

Silverback Sly said...

If they start charging we will see the real ridership numbers and they wont be able to justify

Anonymous said...

Hulu was free once, now it costs money

Anonymous said...

And trolley boy finally sobered up and offered his usual inane ad hominem herf derf at 11:34 last night following Hitler's advice that if you tell a lie often enough it becomes the truth.

Toot toot.

Bryan M. Stalder, Esq. said...

Pretty sure there's few as publicly outspoken about the streetcar as myself, and I am telling you right now that the folks demanding that we charge streetcar fare are more concerned with making the streetcar fail even if it costs us *more* money.

KEEP THE STREETCAR FREE FOREVER.

All these folks who claim that public transit should produce some kind of profit; you've never heard of a "loss leader,"??! It's an extremely successful marketing strategy that capitalists use *all the time*!!

Every city that has switched from free streetcar rides to charging fare has seen their ridership numbers drop *dramatically* and I will tell you from personal experience riding streetcars in other cities that charge fare: There is no way to enforce it!

Unless we are going to build infrastructure that forces folks to walk through turnstiles to board, which will cost much much more than $6M collected from 2M riders, or install a kiosk on the streetcars and hire additional folks at every entrance to ensure that folks pay, we simply can't do it.

Funding the streetcar through the TDD is really the best way to do it; the problem is with the corrupt way the TDD is formed and voted upon. Ridership numbers increase revenue in the TDD and helps pay for the cost because guess what? If we're undermining the success of the streetcar, we will take *more* money from the transportation find or general revenue to illegally fund the streetcar.

Demanding that streetcar charge fare undermines the entire case for making real transit improvements and makes opponents look like amateurs who don't know how to run a business or do math.