With bankruptcy looming as a serious possibility in the very near future, Kansas City is now forced to reevaluate costly public transit initiatives.
To wit . . .
INSIDERS WARN AGAINST KCATA ROUTE CUTBACKS AND AS THE PANDEMIC HAS SEVERELY IMPACTED RIDERSHIP!!!
Here's the word . . .
"There have already been some adjustments but the upcoming cutbacks are going to be worse and they'll disproportionately impact poor people and minorities. However, it just doesn't make sense for KC to keep running empty buses and streetcars. Bigger adjustments have to be made . . ."
Remember, at the outset of the pandemic free bus rides seemed like a bold and progressive effort that would help locals navigate coronavirus with help from city hall. Now, the continued economic devastation of the virus has lessened the demand for public transit given that so many people without jobs simply don't have anywhere to go.
Both the streetcar and the bus have suffered significant ridership declines and until this town lifts pandemic restrictions, the precipitous drop in riders isn't likely to change anytime soon.
And so . . .
In the foreseeable future, the vision for public transit as the prime mover of KCMO has simply vanished. Millennial denizens are now buying "COVID CARS" and seem to want to continue social distancing despite hope of a vaccine.
And so, despite transit future hype . . . The tragic reality is that the pandemic has killed a great many future KCMO transit plans.
Developing . . .