Wednesday, May 20, 2020
KANSAS CITY STREETCAR RIDERSHIP PLUMMETS 89.25% DURING APRIL!!!
Kansas City's biggest transit gamble in more than a century has been DECIMATED by the pandemic as riders abandoned the mode of transit and service was dramatically cut back.
Take a look:
Compare this to last year's numbers:
Accordingly . . .
THE TOY TRAIN RIDERSHIP CRASH REVEALS: KANSAS CITY DIDN'T RELY ON THE STREETCAR FOR ESSENTIAL TRANSIT AND BETTING BIG ON TOURISM IS SKETCHY MOVING FORWARD!!!
Sure, eventually, when/if there's a vaccine, things might return to normal.
But here's a counter argument:
The pandemic may forever change the world’s cities
Money line . . .
"The pandemic’s impact on urban life will be vast and far-reaching. UNESCO, the U.N. cultural agency, warned Tuesday that the pandemic may kill 1 in 8 of the world’s museums. Myriad local retailers and businesses that in part help cities distinguish themselves from suburban areas more beholden to corporate chains face extinction. A recent survey in the United States found that 70 percent of smaller restaurants don’t expect to reopen should the coronavirus crisis last more than four months. Hundreds of American towns and cities plan on cutting public services in the coming year as tax revenue plummets."
And so, given the dire economic situation for cities like KCMO in the future . . . Spending MILLIONS to expand this sketchy mode of transit might not be financially viable.
Developing . . .