SHAMEFUL STREETCAR TOY TRAIN SCHEME STEALS KANSAS CITY BUS MONEY!!!
Another great report reveals that the toy train streetcar is a DESPICABLE Kansas City scheme that's taking money away from real transit.
Really, people hoping to get around in the snow this week weren't counting on a toy train . . . They were waiting for the bus.
Looting Kansas City bus money for a line that's nothing more than a tourist attraction is one of the most shameful acts that local government has ever committed . . .
Northeast News: Streetcar funding tops list of city budget concerns
Money quote . . .
Originally, the city said streetcar operations would be fully funded through property and parking assessments for properties located within the Transportation Development District (TDD) and through a one-cent sales tax on taxable sales within the TDD, said Ron McLinden, co-founder of the grassroots advocacy group Transit Action Network.
“Now just two months after the votes were counted (to establish the TDD), we’re seeing that your budget proposes to take $2 million away from the bus system for operation of the streetcar,” McLinden said. “That’s a real concern. It calls into question the credibility of the city council.”
Now, there's a bit of hope on the horizon . . .
BURIED BY MAINSTREAM MEDIA . . . KANSAS CITY LOST ITS EFFORT TO DISMISS THE LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST THE TOY TRAIN STREETCAR!!!
More . . .
ISSUES RELATED TO TAX STACKING AND THE RIGGED VOTE ARE SERIOUS AND COULD FORCE TOY TRAIN STREETCAR SUPPORTERS AND CHEERLEADERS BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD!!!
In the final analysis, Kansas City politicos simply didn't do the right thing when they established this transit district scheme. Had they held a REAL vote and earned the approval of the entire City that would fund the project . . . They could have easily won. Instead, Councilman Russ Johnson was too smart for his own good and attempted to bypass voters and manufacture consent rather than leading an honest effort.