Friday, November 23, 2018
TKC QUESTION: IS THE KANSAS CITY TOY TRAIN STREETCAR READY FOR WINTER?!?
A Winter Storm Watch looms of Kansas City on Sunday and the coming cold typically translates into harsh times for the smallish streetcar line.
To be fair, last month Kansas City's most expensive mode of public transit achieved more progress by outpacing last year's October totals but barely moving a head of its kick-off year traffic for the same month by about 2K estimated rides (Oct. 2016 -166,412).
Here's the chart:
But more important than a debate over phony numbers is a life lesson understood on local streets:
Last Winter cold & ice shut down the streetcar nearly a dozen times and Kansas City quickly learned the toy train performs poorly when weather turns bad.
A glimpse of the streetcar as it was forced to be towed doesn't inspire much confidence in Downtown denizens who depend on the train to get around the loop quickly. Fortunately, in the very same weather, the bus was able to easily pick up the slack. Also, maybe this year "Brush McBrushface" -- The Streetcar line snow & ice cleaning machine will make more of an impact.
Still we ask . . .
HOW MUCH ARE YOU DEPENDING ON THE KANSAS CITY STREETCAR THIS WINTER???
Whilst it might be too cold for mobile phone tech scooters when December & January come around, the answer is relevant to our local conversation inasmuch as KCMO has dedicated hundreds of millions of dollars to this effort that doesn't really work in the cold.
You decide . . .