Friday, April 24, 2020
KANSAS CITY STREETCAR SUFFERS CORONAVIRUS RIDERSHIP DECLINE OF MORE THAN 57% AMID LOCKDOWN!!!
A global pandemic finally offers statistical proof that the Kansas City streetcar is not a viable form of public transit during emergency situations.
To wit . . .
KANSAS CITY TOY TRAIN STATS REVEAL AN EPIC DECLINE IN RIDERSHIP AMID THE MARCH CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN!!!
We begged for these numbers sooner BUt, at the very least, must give credit to KC Streetcar leaders for eventually providing the stats at near the end of April.
KC Streetcar estimated 89,211 riders in March of 2020.
Back in the glory days of March 2019, streetcar officials claimed 211,456 riders.
To wit . . .
THE DECREASE OF 57.81% IS THE GREATEST DROP-OFF IN STREETCAR RIDERSHIP KANSAS CITY HAS WITNESSED SINCE THE TOY TRAIN LAUNCHED!!!
Again, we'll share the love and the deets and allow KC Streetcar officials a chance to explain the most descriptive stat update they've ever offered.
Accordingly . . .
DON'T EXPECT STREETCAR NUMBERS TO RETURN TO FORMER GLORY AFTER THE REOPEN GIVEN THE LACK OF A CORONAVIRUS VACCINE!!!
Of course, the party never stops for some and there will be an increase . . . However . . .
This dramatic decline in ridership demonstrates, once and for all, that the streetcar is a luxury and not a necessity for Downtown residents. Moreover, in the days, weeks and months ahead -- Viewing streetcar as a tourist attraction and not REAL transit will help locals make vital financial decisions that will determine Kansas City's economic fate.
Developing . . .