TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY INSIDER EXPLAINS BEHIND THE SCENES DETAILS THAT INFLUENCED JACKSON COUNTY COMMUTER RAIL FAIL!!!
Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders recently announced that he was putting his commuter rail plans on hold.
Sadly, brief explanations of the local transit setback didn't offer much in the way of real explanation.
Thankfully . . .
A KICK-ASS KANSAS CITY INSIDER PROVIDES BEHIND THE SCENES DETAILS OF THE JACKSON COUNTY COMMUTER RAIL FAIL PRESSURED BY INTERNATIONAL COMMERCE NEGOTIATIONS!!!
Take a look . . .
THE KCS CONNECTION
Here is the story behind the story:
When a big company like Kansas City Southern says they are subjugating their corporate interests for the good of the community you know they are really trying to make a few extra million at the expense of the public good.
Their latest stunt is the claim that they won't be part of a possible commuter rail in Jackson County if it does not go to Union Station. KCS has been negotiating for more than a year and the end route to the City Market was never an issue before now.
Why the 11th hour switch when the issue of the commuter rail was headed to the August ballot ??
Industry sources are saying there is a rumored merger with KC Southern and the Canadian Pacific Railroad. And the story goes: While they are in negotiations they don't want to give up one inch of total control of any of their rail lines anywhere including the lines needed for the commuter proposal to work. The merger is a potential financial bonanza for Mike Haverty and the other executives of KCS. Stock price and options could go through the roof.
Why is this possible merger so lucrative ? Well KC Southern basically stole control of the Mexican Railroad from the Mexicans which gives them rail lines from two Mexican coastal ports all the way to where??? You guessed it, Canada.
Tuck in the Canadian Pacific and you got a near monopoly. The railroad robber barons of the 1800's are back !
Look at their route map:
They control Mexican ports on both the Pacific and the Gulf.
So it is "so long" to the residents of the Kansas City area, and hello to our new best friends the Canadians and Mexicans.