Friday, January 04, 2019
TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY TOY TRAIN STREETCAR CELEBRATES FAKE NEWS RIDERSHIP WINNING DESPITE FEDERAL TRANSIT FUNDING CUTBACKS!!!
The hype machine for the toy train can't stop or the entire Downtown Kansas City development ponzi scheme falls apart.
To wit . . .
TOY TRAIN CHEERLEADERS TOUT EPIC RIDERSHIP NUMBERS WHILST OVERLOOKING FUNDING & WINTER FAIL!!!
Remember the local tax base supports sorry excuse for public info and continued rail transit cheerleading despite the public moving forward and having much more fun with electric scooters.
Accordingly, low lights from last year this news report glosses over . . .
- UMKC rejected the downtown campus gambit and that was the biggest driver of public tax dollars to extend the line to the Plaza & beyond.
- Federal funding fell apart as the litany of complaints against rigged votes and developers hijacking Democracy clearly resonated in D.C.
- The very popular Missouri Auditor who was reelected by a landslide declared that Transportation Development Districts like the toy train scheme are ‘rigged against the citizens’
And so . . .
OVERALL 2018 WAS ONE OF THE WORST YEARS CONFRONTING THE STREETCAR AND THE ONLY REAL HIGHLIGHTS ARE FAKE SENSOR COUNTING AND MORE TOY TRAINS PURCHASED BECAUSE OF CONSTANT BREAKDOWNS!!!
This completes our fact check, with news links to back up our thesis . . . And so, in fairness, here's what the streetcar had to say about their progress.
KC Streetcar Ridership Soars in 2018
(Kansas City, Missouri) – KC Streetcar ridership continues to grow with more than 5.5 million rides since opening day in May 2016.
During 2018, KC Streetcar ridership logged seven straight months of year-over-year monthly ridership growth and closed out the year with a total of 2,114,886 rides, up from 2,060,327 in 2017. The KC Streetcar marked its 5 millionth ride in September and its highest one-day ridership on July 6 with 19,181 trips.
“The steady increase in streetcar ridership is a direct reflection of the residential and employment growth downtown,” said Tom Gerend, executive director of the KC Streetcar Authority. “For every new housing unit built, the KC Streetcar gains another rider. More streetcar riders equal more downtown activity and a direct downtown economic impact,” Gerend continued.
Additional 2018 KC Streetcar ridership statistics include:
- The average daily ridership was 5,794
- The Big XII Basketball Tournament completed 31,009 trips
- The 3-day Labor Day weekend had 33,424 trips
- 262,593 trips were completed in July, the highest ridership month to date
- 169,254 trips were taken in December, an increase of more than 19,000 from the previous December
In 2019, the fleet for the downtown KC Streetcar line will increase by two as additional streetcars are added. This will help to decrease waiting times for passengers and allow for additional capacity during large scale downtown events.
You decide . . .