The other night as we sat in Corkopolis I noticed a trend, I would see 15-20 people appear on the sidewalk, then a minute later a streetcar would pull away from the station. Over and over as we sat there. Now full disclosure because I would have done this streetcar or not. We rode up to OTR, got off the streetcar at the 12th and Vine station and I shopped for clothes across the street at Article. Then we had drinks at Low Spark and got take out from Eagle. All within a block of the streetcar line. While opponents are going on and on about ridership, I'm wondering, how much money is flooding the core right now? A hundred and twenty thousand rides have been taken to date. What would be your guess for the average amount of money spent per ride, five dollars, ten? Even if we lowball the guesstimate at $5 that would be $600,000 that has been spent within walking distance of the streetcar.
The streetcar really is a game changer.
How long does all that money stay on the table before new businesses start moving in to take advantage of it?
Not long, after avoiding the question for years Kroger has finally stopped denying they're looking to open a downtown store.
How can anyone think ridership will drop with more housing and office space being built up and down the route?
Chart created by Matt Jacob