MAYOR SEILER SAYS, IN EFFECT:

As the Sun Trolley goes,

so goes The Wave

JANUARY 2014 — Apparently confident that the Sun Trolley Downtown Link will be a success, Mayor Jack Seiler makes a video to help promote its kickoff. In that short tape, Seiler says, in effect, "As the Sun Trolley goes, so goes The Wave Streetcar."

In the three years since his statement, what has gone is much of the Sun Trolley's ridership. In late 2014, the Downtown route was getting 8,000-plus riders a month. In 2017, the route has struggled to top 4,000. (It was hampered by having three of 13 trolleys outof service, the impact of which was spread over its seven routes.)

Here's a video with Seiler's prediction:

Seiler's statement comes back to bite him

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VIDEO: Seiler linked likelihood of streetcar's success

to Sun Trolley's performance

Sun Trolley ridership plummets

in Broward County Transit report

— Downtown Loop drops 57%

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Figures compare eight months ending in May 2016 to eight months ending in May 2017;


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13 TROLLEYS COVER 7 ROUTES; 3 TROLLEYS HAD MAINTENANCE ISSUES

IN THE LATTER PERIOD, BUT STILL ....

The "FY" fiscal year numbers start in October.

Here's how the TMA presents the data

that's in the "Monthly Ridership" chart above

DO THE MATH!

9.4 = Riders per hour in May ÷ 2 trolleys = 4.7 riders per hour per trolley

With 20 minutes (1/3 hour) headway between trolleys:

4.7 riders x 1/3 hour = 1.6 riders per 20-minute trolley run

WHICH IS WHY THEY USUALLY LOOK EMPTY!

Why should a streetcar be any different??