Thursday, December 12, 2013

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! TODAY'S KANSAS CITY TOY TRAIN STREETCAR $4 MILLION EMERGENCY!!!



Kansas City Toy Train Streetcar stealing (from the general fund and not just the TDD) is mostly unreported but remains on track and on schedule . . .

Ordinance #130941: Authorizing a second amendment to an agreement with HDR Engineering, Inc., for approximately $3,974,000.00 for the Downtown Streetcar Transit System; and recognizing an emergency.

I'm guessing that this thing will be passed unanimously and without a single question.

Let's not forget that "emergency" actions from Mayor And Council mean . . .

- No effort to assure minority hiring practices.

- General Fund becomes a toy train streetcar piggy bank.

- Basically a blank check.


And then . . .

ONE MORE TKC EXCLUSIVE: THE COST OF THE TOY TRAIN HAS EXPLODED BY MORE THAN 50% AND NOW IS MORE LIKE $155 MILLION FOR THE STARTER LINE INSTEAD OF THE PROMISED $105 MIL!!! 

Fun fact . . .

THAT'S ABOUT $50 MILLION OVER BUDGET FOR THE KANSAS CITY TOY TRAIN STREETCAR ALREADY!!!

Developing and counting . . .

30 Comments:

Anonymous said...

What do you expect when people don't vote?

Anonymous said...

You mean after sweeping every account possible there's still some money they missed?
Only the beginning. And $10-15 million/year bond payments as far as the eye can see.
Hope the millineals don't move our of their lofts and back home with their folks!
All aboard.

Anonymous said...

Tony you are so full of shit. Fuck you.

Agrippa said...

Russ, sign your comments.

Kyle Rohde said...

You mean what do you expect when people aren't allowed to vote through undemocratic state laws?

Sticky Keyboard said...

Less streetcar. More boobs.

Anonymous said...

Can you even prove the streetcar is $50 million over budget? Can you provide detailed accounting, using generally accepted accounting principles, and prove this statement? Otherwise you look stupider than you already do.

And you look really stupid making claims like this.

Northlander said...

Maybe if they would stop digging 4 feet down and putting footing for LIGHT RAIL they might have some cost control. This is what happens when the public has no say,or if you may no vote.

Anonymous said...

Bingo!

Anonymous said...

But yeah the fire department is over budget....

Anonymous said...

Sad part is the dumb asses of KC will run right out and reelect their favorite crooks.

Anonymous said...

This is going to become downtown's "West Edge".

Probably worse

Anonymous said...

November 2013, HDR acquired Rice Daubney Architects, an award-winning firm in Sydney, Australia.

Some executives in HDR late getting their acquisition bonuses?

Anonymous said...

George Little, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of HDR is also ....
Director
Mutual of Omaha Holdings, Inc.
Director
Mutual of Omaha Bank

Just a thought anyway

Anonymous said...

What is it about we taxpayers are getting screwed people don't understand?

Anonymous said...

KC is soooooooo going to regret this. Six months after the train starts running it is going to be graffiti and maintenance hell.

Anonymous said...

remember the ole gas light section st louis once had kinda like river quay

Anonymous said...

I would suggest that the TDD committee owes KC taxpayers a new revised budget in writing.

Anonymous said...

I thought the Streetcar idea was originally worth consideration. Then that special election came into the picture, and that was the end of it for me.

Anonymous said...

No kidding! I thought what the fuck? Why isn't this a general election deal?

Anonymous said...

Because they knew it would never pass. That's why it became a special election scam. They took a risk to see if they could push it through without a city wide vote.

Anonymous said...

Over budget? In KC? So what else in new?

Anonymous said...

And now zll the talk and prmises about expanding the system are nothing more than preparing the ground for a city-wide tax that's desperately needed just for the original Main Street 2.2 mile route. The TDD can't even come close to funding the construction or operation, which is why money's coming from every which way.
And then, if the tax is approved, we can all watch the "expansions" put on hold and studied some more.
Alert Glorioso, Gray, Roe, O'Neil and the rest of the usual suspects. There's some more snake oil to be sold!

Anonymous said...

Vote no!!!

Anonymous said...

Isn't the director of public works an ex employee of HDR? Hmmmmm

Anonymous said...

What is significant is that the original agreement of 3.6 million has been amended two times for 6, and 4 million. Might be legal, but it's not in the interest of public bidding to amend a 3.6 million dollar contract to one of almost 14 million.

Anonymous said...

Someone pony up some money to sunshine all emails between HDR and city staff and you'll have your proof

Anonymous said...

Save us Clay Chastain, save us!!!

elBryan said...

Kyle; just because the state allows TDDs doesn't make them right. Especially if streetcar advocates readily admit that streetcar is less of a transit improvement and more of an economic development gamble on wheels. Not only that, but the TDD doesn't cover the entire cost of the project. As we've already seen, it's taking money from the general fund and the transportation fund, which means cuts to KCATA. You really want to defend that?

7:43 is right. Improving transit is not this city's top priority, but it's definitely a decision that everyone should have been a part of. Rather than spend the money to market it to the Northland or surrounding areas, they allowed less than 700 people decide whether or not to start what they always planned to become a region transit system. Entirely unethical, but about on par for these folks.

You know that Cincinnati was in the process of cancelling their streetcar, but now it looks like they may continue it because PRIVATE MONEY has stepped up and promised to fund the operations for 20-30 years!

City Council generally doesn't have the tax payers' interests in mind, nor are they the best negotiators. (Many of them are willing to write out the biggest checks they can in exchange for a job or other favors.)

If Cincinnati is able to privately fund the operations of their streetcar, it should be a game changer for streetcar projects nationwide. PAY ATTENTION.

Anonymous said...

The trolley car debacle is now costing more than exptected? Geez ... no one saw that coming! And if you think it's pricey to build, wait until it starts running. The city will be in every KCMO taxpayer's pocket to fund a kiddie kart ride for thugs and winos.