Tuesday, November 07, 2017

KANSAS CITY ELECTION DAY TRANSIT DOUBLE TAKE: 8,225 FEWER STREETCAR RIDERS IN OCT. 2017 AS TOY TRAIN RIDERSHIP TRENDS DOWNWARD!!!



Amid today's airport vote, it's important to fact check another mode of Kansas City transit.

Accordingly . . .

RIDERSHIP NUMBERS FOR THE EMBATTLED KANSAS CITY STREETCAR CONTINUE TRENDING DOWNWARD AS LOCAL RAIL ENTHUSIASM FADES!!!

Remember that in Sept. there was a 13% drop-off in the numbers.

KC Streetcar Authority proudly proclaimed Total Ridership for October 2016 @ 166,412

And after just a bit of nagging, credit to the The KC Streetcar Authority for releasing the latest numbers just a few moments ago . . .



Thousands of fewer riders this month (8225 less to be exact) compared to last year - The KC Streetcar Authority reports a 5% decline continuing the trend downward with the steep Winter plunge ahead.



Feel free to interpret these numbers but there's NO DENYING the continued decline in streetcar ridership this year over last. While politicos continually tout historic changes for their development schemes, the streetcar has offered not only a great deal of hype and celebration but also an inevitable decline in interest as a fickle public always demands a new toy.

You decide . . .

22 Comments:

Anonymous said...

So, you're telling me that a new airport isn't going to usher in an era of unprecedented prosperity for Kansas City?

The HELL you say.

Greedo said...

They need the extension to the Plaza and UMKC, without this project is done. The streetcar is great, it just doesn't go anywhere people really want to go. Taking it to the plaza would be a game changer even if that means putting even more security on it.

Anonymous said...

If it goes to the Plaza, they're going to have to charge a fare. Anything else and the Main St. bums will just ride it all day and night.

Anonymous said...

I guess those 25 million tourists every year are taking an Uber?

Gray Back said...

Hate to be a told ya so.

Anonymous said...

Quicker buyers' remorse than the average Bowflex purchase.

At least you can hang your clothes to dry on a Bowflex.

Anonymous said...

Toot toot. Echo. Clunk.

Anonymous said...

Time for Mayor Sly James to do another song and dance move to massage his hipster base.

Anonymous said...

The final destination for the train should be straight up Sly’s big fat ass.

Northlander said...

So what are the expenses per month for the streetcar ? Divide that by the 8,000 riders and see what you get but you should divide it by 4,000 [ you get on and you make your return trip . }

Bowtied Silverback said...

talk about a road to no where

Retro ROCKER said...

Tourism could be down as well. Kansas City has a public relations problem. To much negative publicity on the crime. We are on the national news a couple times a month. So would you travel to k.c.And walk around and wait for a street car.And you listen to the reports,you think a bunch of hula gins are running around.

Anonymous said...

Once Worlds of Fun closes why would anyone wanna visit here. Unless of course they come to see fat as in his clown suits.

Anonymous said...

If they charged $.50 to ride it, all the black people would stop riding it.

Anonymous said...

@2:11 - NO THANK YOU! Not willing to bet another 200 million on this.

Anonymous said...

2:12, how would they be able to eject passengers who board without paying the fare? I think it's a hopeless cause. NYC MTA has plenty of turnstile jumpers, and we don;t even have turnstiles.

Anonymous said...

The White people in Kansas City love the streetcar. Most never ride it. But they love it. In the meantime, people who like mass transit ride the bus.

Polar Bear said...

Choo Choo.....that train be a rollin.....lol

Anonymous said...

Paul, you are so sad. Please cheer up! You have a lot to be thankful for and so many good years ahead!

Anonymous said...

Luv the Streetcar. Don't be a bunch of hater bitches!

Anonymous said...

YES!

Anonymous said...

Well since the main st Max bus straightened out it route from crown center to the river market, it's become way faster than the toy box train. So there's no more need to transfer from bus to toy.