Right after I graduated college I drove around town in a beat up used car and had a girlfriend with huge boobs. Iit was one of the best times in my life. Memories of my transportation troubles are the only nice thought that comes to mind when considering The Kansas City Strip trolleys and their horrible Kansas City failure.
Earlier this morning a post regarding the ongoing mess was addressed at yours truly because I’m the only person in town to notice that all obvious signs point to a failed experiment. Sadly, the details from folks borrowing cash from City Hall only serve to confirm my thesis. Westport impresario Bill Nigro says that they’re carting around up to 400 people on Saturday Night with this taxpayer supported scheme. I’ve done the math and I’ve come to an interesting conclusion.
A loan approved by The Mayor and City Council granted $500,000 to fund this debacle. For the most part, just like any other business, the patrons of The Strip are repeat customers. So, a simple calculation dividing the riders and just the money from KC proper and comes up with $1250 per person on a Saturday night. Therefore, Bill Nigro and Bill George could just buy all of their riders a used car and probably save Kansas City the expense of the inevitable implosion. I’ve seen some used car deals as good as $500 for a car that might make it around midtown for a longer period than these trolleys are going to run. Also, speculation that ridership will pick up during winter simply doesn’t take into account local club life which always enters a downturn for inclement weather.
Sadly, I can’t point to my own genius in identifying all of these impending failures: Just like The Proposed Downtown Hotel and so many other schemes, when the architects of these schemes can’t get their cash from private industry and need the taxpayers as “partners” that’s the most important indication that they’re plans aren’t gonna bring in a lot of cash while the public is handed one Public Relations Promise after the next and ultimately left with the bill.