TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! WHAT DOES THE KC STRIP SHUTDOWN SAY ABOUT THE FUTURE FOR THE STREETCAR TOY TRAIN?!?!
Kansas City's first transit experiment to encourage biz development and connect "walkable districts" in Midtown didn't go so well.
In fact, earlier this week the TKC BLOG COMMUNITY was the FIRST to break news about the KC Strip Shutdown.
Now . . .
KANSAS CITY CONSIDERS THE KC STRIP SHUTDOWN IN TERMS OF WHAT IT MEANS FOR THE FUTURE OF THE TOY TRAIN STREETCAR!!!
First up . . .
A recent post from Show-Me Daily wonders: "Despite the experiences of people who run trains and trolleys for a living. If private companies do not support or cannot succeed with rail transit in Kansas City, why would anyone think a government bureaucracy would?"
And then . . . Take a look at El Bryan DOMINATING the #kcstreetcar tag on Twitter as of late.
El Bryan money quote with an AWESOME avatar that's worth a peek:
"The #KCStreetCar is a bad deal that dishonestly bypassed voters and makes money for a few who are focused on advancing their own careers."
El Bryan earned replies from Mayor Sly and Council Dude Russ Johnson.
Here Council Dude Johnson argues that more of a bad thing is even better:
"Interesting that @elBryan opposed #KCStreetcar starter line because it didn't go very far and now he's opposing its expansion. #notfrosty"
Obviously, El Bryan Gets The Last Word:
"Liberals sell you expensive ideas, but once the cost of living goes up, they move to another city and ruin that. #kcstreetcar"
Finally, best and EXCLUSIVE for last . . .
TAKE A LOOK AT THIS EVEN HANDED AND THOUGHTFUL QUOTE ON KC STRIP IMPLICATIONS FOR THE TOY TRAIN STREETCAR FROM KANSAS CITY TRANSPORTATION GROUP LEADER BILL GEORGE!!!
Bill George is on the left in black and this image was part of our EXCLUSIVE interview and tour of KC Strip facilities last Summer.
Here's what Bill George has to say:
"I think our service showed that people will take advantage of mass transit if it's easy to navigate and cost effective.
"The price tag for the streetcar system does seen high, until you put it in comparison to what is spent on local highways. KDOT just announced they will be spending $670 million to improve the I-35/I-435 interchange. And everyone thinks that's progress?
"The streetcar can have some positive spin off and economic effects.
"The lesson learned is that once the debate has ended and the votes have been cast, when the city commits to a project we all need to get behind it to make it work. There's no payoff in fighting over what's been done.
"That's why I'm so discouraged with Cordish. The time to debate their subsidy has long passed. People in this community, like me, have worked hard to promote P&L and would like to see the development succeed. That's why I'm always dumbfounded with how politically tone deaf Cordish acts."
So, like it or not, the KC Strip provides a Kansas City teaching moment when it comes to a starter transit line and now Kansas City prepares to make a similar gamble, only with a much greater price tag/risk/cost.
DEVELOPING . . .