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 . . .

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

it wasn't financially viable to start with. The streetcar has always been a ripoff.

That's why the first one shut down.

Anonymous said...

Yet it just got 7 million worth of city hall funding during the pandemic shut down. Weird.

Anonymous said...

^^^ +1

Hyperblogal said...

Hmmm, did the ridership plunge, or, did they start using the real numbers.

Anonymous said...

A train dependent on open businesses is always going to be less viable to a train that really moved people to work, airport and major venues. The idea of build it and they will come is not a good business strategy.

Anonymous said...

12:52 and if the cost is 700,000 to create poorly thought out bike lanes by 'activists' on armour blvd is any indication, $7 million ain't worth much.

Anonymous said...

Breaking news!! During a city shutdown, transit rides are down. Wow. Thanks for that.

How will they ever replace the lost revenue?!?!

Oh yeah, they don't charge passengers and don't collect fares from riders. With the reduced schedule and fewer trips, they are actually losing less money now. But don't let that get in the way of "the sky is falling" narrative.

The (fake) pandemic will change cities forever? Don't think so. Listen to the GOP. Quit being pussies and get back to living your regular lives. Open it up, get out again, and ride the train. Freeedumb.

Anonymous said...

It's never been a form of transportation that people took to get to work or anywhere useful. It never will be, even when it runs to UMKC.

Anonymous said...

It was full over the weekend.

Renzi said...

^^^^ I think you're full of beans right now.

Thing is only full for the bar crowd.

It's as scam, always has been.

Think about it.

Anonymous said...


This will only change cities if you let it. Don't let them do this.

Anonymous said...

Well at least we have the free bus to pay for too.

Anonymous said...

The Downtown Lawyers have even stopped using it to go to lunch.

Anonymous said...

DONT WORRY THE 250000000000000 RIDERS WILL BE BACK

Anonymous said...

Non-Franchise, small owner restaurants will still exist. Their owners will declare bankruptcy and then start over again when the COVID-19 scare goes away and we return to some normalcy for a year or two.

Anonymous said...

AND BESIDES ITS A TRAM NOT A TRAIN A TRAIN GOES FARTHER THAN A HUNDRED FEET

Anonymous said...

EVERYONE IS MOVING OUT OF THESE GHETTO DUMP LIBERAL RUN CITIES

Anonymous said...

ALL THATS GOING TO BE LEFT IS A BUNCH OF HOTPOCKETS TANG AND BASEMENT DWELLARS

Anonymous said...

OH I FORGOT AND MURDERS

Anonymous said...

The train goes back and forth a relatively short distance. The "passengers" are homeless individuals. Same issue with the buses. The individuals with somewhere to go will use other modes of transportation to avoid the homeless people.

slow the fuck down said...

The same people riding the trolley are the same people riding electric bikes now. Hence, no need for the trolley.