Streetcars in Kansas City, Detroit: Look what just turned 1 — birthday bash is thrown for the Kansas City streetcar

May 8, 2017

By Donald Bradley, The Kansas City Star, May 6, 2017

Befittingly, the streetcars were packed Saturday on the way to this birthday party.

The outdoor bash at Union Station was for the Kansas City streetcar system that just wrapped up its first year, far exceeding expectations with 2 million riders, vitalizing businesses along the route and becoming one of the top systems in the country.

Planners had hoped to hit 1 million riders the first year.

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KC streetcar tops 2 million rides, and its numbers are among the best in the country

By Lynn Horsley, The Kansas City Star, May 5, 2017

Kansas City’s streetcar line tallied its 2 millionth ride Friday morning, and its first year ridership ranks it among the top systems in the country.

While systems in Cincinnati, Atlanta and Salt Lake City have struggled to reach their ridership projections, Kansas City has blown past its original forecast of 2,700 rides per day, with 5,500 average daily rides over the past 12 months. Even more surprising, weekend ridership has exceeded weekday performance, as downtown weekend events have regularly filled the cars.

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Detroit: After a decade, the QLine is about to become a reality

By Bill Shea, Crain’s Detroit Business, May 5, 2017

Before Friday morning, the last time I had ridden a train — not counting the no-frills terminal tram at Detroit Metro — it was a grueling overnight journey three years ago from Bangkok’s Hualamphong Station to rural Surat Thani more than 400 miles away in the south of Thailand — amid a military coup that had toppled the government and put tanks on the streets.

One could make the same Bangkok-Surat Thani trip in an hour by plane, but we were looking for adventure. Thailand! Tanks! Trains!

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