D-bags in the comments can offer semantics but by and large, discounts ALMOST ALWAYS signal desperation from a struggling business. It’s basic economics, when something is in high demand there’s no need to give it away.
From the outset of the Kansas City Trolley that took a loan from this Cowtown for half a million dollars, there were complaints about the cost. Now an Internet special signals that the architects of the local failure have taken those considerations to heart.
Unfortunately, it’s probably too late.
These discounts don’t solve the very simple problems with this transportation scheme:
People would rather use their cars and stay mobile.
There was never any demand for a pub crawl EVERY weekend in Kansas City.
There are too many “deadspots,” i.e. “sucky clubs” on the KC Strip Route.
So, I expect some complaints that the situation isn’t all doom and gloom for yet another local mass transit fail. But if people were lining up for this thing then there wouldn’t be any need for a discount. And don’t give me that silly Internet trend excuse: Because Groupon really hasn’t powered that much biz no matter which local hack social media “expert” wants to offer a quote for TV along with his or her thin resume.
I suspect we’ll hear arguments that the Strip really is successful right up until the very end. But I would not advice people to hold their breath waiting for Kansas City to get their money back on this completely (obviously) doomed deal.