Survey shows KC streetcar is downtown small-business booster

Kansas City’s downtown stores and other small retail establishments say the streetcar that started operating in the area last year has been good for business.

Among downtown’s small businesses that responded to a survey last fall, 97 percent said the streetcar has had a positive impact on their business, and 80 percent said they had seen an uptick in revenue and foot traffic.

Some highlights from the survey include:

▪ 80 percent cited a positive revenue change, with 40 percent citing a moderate income increase and 40 percent citing a more significant uptick.

▪ 83 percent also saw a positive increase in foot traffic. The impact was most profound over the lunch hour and on Fridays and Saturdays, with some increase on Sundays as well.

The streetcar started running May 6 from the River Market to Union Station. This past fall, KC BizCare and the Downtown Council partnered with the Streetcar Authority to survey retailers right along the route that had endured the long construction schedule. They reached out to more than 80 establishments, and 41 responded, providing data on their experience from May through September.

The full survey results are available on the Kansas City streetcar’s website.

Read more: Kansas City Star


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