In just 5 months of service, the Kansas City Streetcar completed its one millionth ride.
At approximately 1:35pm on October 7, the one millionth ride took place on streetcar #803. As a sign of appreciation, Mayor Sly James, the entire Kansas City Streetcar team and downtown partners celebrated with a “Thanks a Million, KC!” community community party on October 13 in the Kansas City Power & Light District. There were games hosted by UMKC Athletics
, giveaways and live music provided by Art in the Loop performer, Amado Espinoza
, local funk/rock/soul band The Phantastics
and live art provided by J.T. Daniels
“This milestone is a clear sign of the success of the KC Streetcar,” said Mayor Sly James. “I’m incredibly grateful to the KC Streetcar Authority and its efforts to help make the starter line not only a reality, but a huge success. The KC Streetcar continues to exceed even our wildest expectations and it’s more important than ever that we keep this momentum going,” continued Mayor Sly James.
Streetcar ridership, otherwise known as Unlinked Passenger Trips, is calculated by Automated Passenger Counters (APC) located over each door of each streetcar. Passengers are counted as they board and exit the streetcars, and the data collected shows which stops are the most used and which hours of the day are the busiest. The ridership data is downloaded daily and reviewed by a third-party for accuracy. During July, members from the Ride KC team performed thirty manual passenger checks in order to check for accuracy. The conclusion of that activity was that the APC counts are within 1.4% accuracy of the manual counts.