Friday, December 06, 2013

TKC EXCLUSIVE QUESTION: DOES KANSAS CITY TOY TRAIN STREETCAR WORK COUNT AS INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENT!?!?!



Today Kansas City was supposed ease downtown commuting trouble with new street openings after a horribly planned season of Summer construction.

Like all progress in this cowtown . . . That didn't happen:

Fox4: Cold weather delays opening of I-35 lanes near downtown

Even better . . .

KICK-ASS TKC TIPSTERS ARE QUESTIONING THE KANSAS CITY TOY TRAIN STREETCAR TAKING PRIORITY AMID RECENT DOWNTOWN CONSTRUCTION!!!

City Hall's celebratory line:

"Downtown streetcar crews took advantage of the construction to lay the first length of streetcar track on the bridge in early November. While the rail installation extended construction on the bridge for about 10 days, it ensured that the bridge will remain open during downtown streetcar construction in 2014."

This leads Kansas City Insiders to ask . . .

"If you want updated infrastructure in KC, you MUST have a future streetcar route . . . That's the only place City Hall is dedicating all of their money for street improvements."

And so . . . Once again it's clear that the Kansas City Toy Train Streetcar has taken precedence over just about every concern in this town . . . Including our old and busted streets.

Developing . . .

14 Comments:

Anonymous said...

I think we're talking more about collaboration. Every aspect of KC must collaborate and fund the streetcar.

Anonymous said...

This thing would have never passed if it went to a real public vote so let's just force everyone to collaborate?

LOL dream on

Anonymous said...

I thought the Penguin Palace was major infrastructure improvements?

Anonymous said...

KC is in the top 10 for crime.

At least it's something.

Anonymous said...

Seems they are digging deep ,the footings are more for light rail than a streetcar. You only need to go a foot for streetcars. They would save money if they didn't move the utilities that are 4 feet down.
Someone needs to look at the plans somethings not right.

Anonymous said...

Someone needs to look at the plans somethings not right.

Let the cost over runs begin

Anonymous said...

Major Money Pit

Anonymous said...

Meritocracy just isn't working anymore.

Anonymous said...

I-35 is a modot highway not a Kansas City street

Anonymous said...

Developing? Still? Need a new way to pretend things are newsworthy.

Anonymous said...

Yes, collaboration in KC means that I and my little self-selected like-minded group have decided what to do, how to do, and, most importantly, who gets what out of it and we want YOU and everyone else to help pay for it.
How'd that work for the medical research sales tax?
And there's no way that these little TDDs can come close to funding the streetcar. There's a city-wide tax coming your way!

elBryan said...

5:10, they have to MOVE the utilities so that every time a sewer pipe breaks, they don't have to shout down streetcar service for a week to repair it. The depth isn't really an issue.

No question that they are installing light rail lines rather than streetcar lines. The streetcar was a political strategy to avoid the radioactive term light rail, but Russ Johnson has been pretty straightforward after the fact that we are building light rail but without the dedicated infrastructure. This keeps the costs (slightly) down but makes traffic a nightmare.

Regarding Tony's point, part of the selling point of streetcar on Independence Avenue was that it comes with infrastructure improvements. Never mind the $129M estimated price tag compared with $2M to improve Emanual Cleaver Blvd.

If we had HALF the $129M for infrastructure improvements on Independence Ave, we could do that AND have money left over to hire foot patrols and give tax breaks to property owners for renovations. Shit, we could finish the museum renovations with that as well.

Streetcar is not money wisely spent.

elBryan said...

5:10, they have to MOVE the utilities so that every time a sewer pipe breaks, they don't have to shout down streetcar service for a week to repair it. The depth isn't really an issue.

No question that they are installing light rail lines rather than streetcar lines. The streetcar was a political strategy to avoid the radioactive term light rail, but Russ Johnson has been pretty straightforward after the fact that we are building light rail but without the dedicated infrastructure. This keeps the costs (slightly) down but makes traffic a nightmare.

Regarding Tony's point, part of the selling point of streetcar on Independence Avenue was that it comes with infrastructure improvements. Never mind the $129M estimated price tag compared with $2M to improve Emanual Cleaver Blvd.

If we had HALF the $129M for infrastructure improvements on Independence Ave, we could do that AND have money left over to hire foot patrols and give tax breaks to property owners for renovations. Shit, we could finish the museum renovations with that as well.

Streetcar is not money wisely spent.

Anonymous said...

Can't you find something new to bitch about, this blog gets depressing, same shit, day after day, after day zzzzzz