Tuesday, August 02, 2016
SHAME!!! SLATE RUNS KANSAS CITY TOY TRAIN STREETCAR PROMO STORY BASED ON PHONY RIDERSHIP STATS!!!
The only funny part about downtown streetcar hype is that one of our KICK-ASS TKC BLOG COMMUNITY DENIZENS sent this tidbit our way with a joke:
"Read this and try not to puke . . ."
Slate: Did an American City Finally Build a Good Streetcar?
It's typical, kinda left-leaning, pro-Hillary garbage and it's surprising what the author takes for granted without a modicum of fact checking . . .
And then there is the new streetcar route in Kansas City, which is getting 6,660 riders a day over three first three months of operation—and rising. Total ridership is 550,000 riders in just 84 days of operation. That’s an order of magnitude above its counterparts in Atlanta and Salt Lake City, and more than double ridership on the H Street Streetcar in D.C., which runs in a densely populated urban area.
Per mile, Kansas City ridership is double Phoenix’s exemplary, set-apart light rail, and on par with the Los Angeles Blue Line, one of the country’s most successful transit projects of the past few decades.
This is...surprising. Kansas City’s streetcar runs in traffic, so it can’t save riders any time over driving. It runs in a downtown whose residential population was just 20,000 at the time of the 2010 Census. And—here’s the craziest part—there are more than 12,000 off-street parking spots within one block of its route. That doesn’t count on-street parking, or parking that might be two or three block away. And there’s a lot of that too, as this map of the streetcar’s central section attests.
All that said: It’s been a runaway success.
And here's when it's time to say what everyone else is scared to mention . . .
JUST LIKE THE PHONY 24 MILLION TOURISTS PER YEAR NUMBER . . . IT'S CLEAR THAT KANSAS CITY TOY TRAIN STREETCAR STATS ARE PHONY!!!
Kansas City is known for faking numbers, Visit KC does it all the time to partake in more City Hall subsidy and even the Royals exaggerated their crowd size to make their World Series victory more impressive.
The alternative to believing this garbage is to trust these unproven and probably biased stats from people with a vested interest in making sure the street succeeds as they spam social media, MSM and just about everywhere else to show was most downtowners can see with their own eyes . . . The Streetcar is mostly just for tourists and party-goers on weekends and special occasions.
You decide . . .