Tuesday, March 13, 2018
TKC EXCLUSIVE BREAKING NEWS!!! TYPICAL KANSAS CITY WINTER 2018 KILLED TOY TRAIN RIDERSHIP!!! STREETCAR SUFFERED 25% FEBRUARY PLUNGE IN PASSENGERS!!!
Kansas City is looking forward to Springtime but right now the hope for new life and opportunity is overshadowed by the cold, hard numbers revealed over winter months.
To wit . . .
NORMAL FEBRUARY WEATHER ABSOLUTELY DECIMATED RIDERSHIP FOR KANSAS CITY'S TOY TRAIN STREETCAR!!!
Today our blog community highlights numbers from the streetcar that are otherwise buried in dingy old PDF dox and then politely ignored by transit cheerleaders amid the push to expand the line to the Plaza with a secretive and rigged ballot.
Let's check the data . . .
Kansas City Streetcar Ridership In February 2017: 125,935
Now, here's the apples to apples comparison with this year's numbers for February which report 94,368 riders
And so . . .
THE EPIC 25% DECLINE REPRESENTS 31,567 FEWER PASSENGERS AND ONE OF THE BIGGEST DROPS IN RIDERSHIP THE STREETCAR HAS ENDURED!!!
Mind you, most locals question if the numbers aren't over-inflated even at these levels given fantastical claims that often emanate from City Hall like the VisitKC 25-million-tourist-per-year fabrication.
To be fair, streetcar advocates point out that ice storms threw the streetcar off-track and were responsible for the decline . . .
Essentially that argument is correct but overlooks longstanding complaints about fragility of the streetcar system . . . Translation: Skeptics argue that Kansas City purchased overpriced Spanish junk incapable of navigating real life Midwestern conditions in a timely fashion unlike the far more reliable bus system.
In the final analysis . . .
Reports about streetcar breakdowns and declining ridership are far more newsworthy than celebratory press release coverage of passenger milestones constantly touted by MSM.
As a small, carefully selected group of Kansas City voters are asked to approve a questionable streetcar extension to the Plaza . . . The reality of constant toy train streetcar breakdowns and declining numbers merits consideration as part of an informed conversation during the current election.
You decide . . .