Wednesday, November 11, 2020

TKC READER SEYZ: SHUT DOWN EMPTY KANSAS CITY STREETCAR!!! STOP WASTING MONEY & SPREADING COVID-19!!!

Even by their own admission, ridership for the Kansas City streetcar has declined dramatically because of the pandemic.

What we have learned in this time is that the "toy train" is a tourist attraction and not a serious mode of transit. 

Month after month there have been ridership declines of more than 100% YTD and winter has never been kind to KC Streetcar numbers.  For September the KC Streetcar reports a ridership decline of 203.9% vs. last year.

To wit, a TKC reader shares a vital observation . . .

"Instead of running empty trolleys up & down a deserted downtown, could these resources be better used?"

At the very least, the idea of cutting back streetcar service when cars are mostly empty might save a few precious pennies as bankruptcy continues to loom over Kansas City.

You decide . . .

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

but it's not really about transit.

It has always been about real estate.

Anonymous said...

Why would the city ever do something that makes sense?

Anonymous said...

We don't need a homeless camp, we have a toy train that everyone can enjoy!!!! Hop on, it's free

Anonymous said...

You won’t catch me on that super spreader, no way no how.

Anonymous said...


So then it's safe to say, our 25 million tourists are not riding the street car? Are they riding bikes in the new bike lanes? Have they visited our new tent city site?

Anonymous said...

I think that someone does not know how to calculate percentage decreases. Kind of undermines the argument.

Anonymous said...

"Could resources be better utilized"?
Absolutely not!
The highest priority of THE streetcar "authority" is to perpetuate itself, keep the current "executives" employed, and expand its budget.
And the current activities and expenditures are working to meet all those critical objectives.
More faked ridership numbers every day and the demonstration of a complete lack of understanding and untruthful selling to the public of how "a fixed guideway system" may contribute to economic development along its route.
The pig in a poke is here to stay.

Anonymous said...

^^^^
Ouch.

Sad to say it but that's how KC thinks. Or at least the people on the council.

Anonymous said...

Doing something that would make sense will never ever happen in this town.

Unknown said...

Stop the insanity! End the street car!

Bandit said...

Did you all know I don't live in Kansas City anymore? I only say it about thirty times a day here!

Anonymous said...

a 100% reduction is zero... No such thing as a 200% reduction in ridership.

Bandit said...

I love it when I draw out the imitator. I can even do it when I'm not here. Rent free in that bitch's head and over the target 24/7 LMAO!

Seriously though, DO NOT KILL THE TOY CHOO CHOO! It will really hurt KC tourism and make the hipsters cry.

不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不

Anonymous said...

Nobody can tell the difference

Retro ROCKER said...

Put a 80s Tribute Band,on the Toy train. And Make it Lady's night every night Two for one drinks .

Bandit said...

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