SHOCK!!! STUDY REVEALS MAYOR SLY'S TOY TRAIN WON'T REPLACE KANSAS CITY CARS!!!
Academic research once again warns us that Kansas City hopes and dreams have no basis in reality.
Check the link . . .
Light Rail Does Not Replace Cars
Even worse . . .
IN ONE REAL WORLD EXAMPLE AFTER THE NEXT STREETCARS DON'T RESULT IN THE BENEFITS PROMISED BY KANSAS CITY POLITICOS!!!
And this isn't just Show-Me Institute and big money Rex we're talking about . . . The blog post references an article from The Atlantic which relies on a study from The Journal of Transport Geography - NOT exactly the most effective soap box for GOP talking points.
Here's a look at the research . . .
"According to an article in The Atlantic Cities, planners “discovered that car ownership and car commute share often continue to rise in these corridors, and that ridership growth is often the result of travelers shifting over from buses — not cars.”"
An accurate summary of the Kansas City Toy Streetcar up to this point . . .
"Kansas City voters have rejected light rail multiple times, so city officials contrived a special tax district in which only 300 affirmative votes were necessary to embark on a multi-million dollar city outlay. The line they propose will be along existing roads, and likely will not attract the traffic (or the convention business) to fill them. What is certain is that it will never be self-funding, but instead will require taxpayer subsidies in perpetuity."
Like it or not, Kansas City is still on track to spend HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS on a system that isn't really supported by anything more than the pipe dreams and career ambitions of politicos who haven't had much success in any of their other civic endeavors.
More in a bit . . .