KANSAS CITY, MO. - The parking lots at Kansas City Chiefs and Royals games promise to get a little bit more crowded.
The Kansas City Star is reporting that express buses no longer will transport passengers to the site that houses Kauffman Stadium and Arrowhead Stadium.
The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority voted Wednesday to get rid of the Chiefs Express and the Royals Express, which lost a combined $71,600 last year.
The Chiefs Express transported 10,773 riders last year, the lowest number since 2004 when ridership was about 19,000. About 7,400 caught a ride on the Royals Express, the second-highest level since 2004.
The cuts come as the city seeks to slash tens of millions of dollars from its budget.
The budget-balancing cuts include a proposed $7.2 million in proposed reductions to transit services.
This is terrible. I've taken the bus a few times to get away from having the parking hassles. To be honest if we live in a society that profess' "going green" this is a step backward.
Using the shuttle from Ameristar casino was a quick and painless way to get into Arrowhead and you were dropped at the gate entrance. The bus' were very good at getting people back as soon as the bus was full at the end of the game.
This will definitely contribute to the Chiefs bottom line since these fans will now have to pay for parking which from what I've heard will be approaching $30.
Lastly, if they're using last year as a comparison, than that is a poor analysis. They could have cut the number of bus' and still made some money. This is an indication of poor managment of the local transit system....go figure.