Friday, January 24, 2014

TKC EXCLUSIVE AND BREAKING NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY NORTHLAND LEADERS WEARY OF TOY TRAIN STREETCAR PROMISES!!!



Here's an entertaining promise from yesterday's toy train "victory" and the decision to push forward with the next streetcar voter:

Council Dude Russ Johnson Seyz: "Kansas City will not have to pay for the burden of paying for this alone. Local taxes would not be collected at all unless the federal funds are secured."

Notice there's NO SPECIFICS about percentages in much the same way that fed funds for the current Toy Train line are merely token awards that pick up maybe a couple of blocks of track. Doesn't really matter since he's a lame duck and there really is no holding the guy accountable for what he says any longer.

Even more interestingly . . .

A RECENT TKC CHAT WITH A NORTHLAND POWER BROKER REVEALED GROWING DISCONTENT WITH TOY TRAIN STREETCAR ON NICER SIDE OF THE RIVER!!!

One Northland power broker and future City Council contender asks:

"What benefit does the Northland get out of all of this except the privilege of paying for it all? This is a tough sell in the Northland because the supposed economic development gains are suspect in light of the infrastructure we desperately need in our neighborhoods."

In the upcoming City Council elections look for this sentiment to grow given that hipster consultants won't be able to so easily deceive the homeowner class across the bridge in the aftermath of their Crossroads "transit activism" shtick being exposed as nothing more than a ploy to earn more contracts.

Developing . . .

12 Comments:

Free the Northland said...

The Northland will rally against the Toy Train and if it's on the ballot it will fail ! You could rebuild the east side with half a billion. You know if they say it's half a billion it will be 3x that.

Anonymous said...

Russ Johnson is an arrogant PRICK.

Anonymous said...

Big Daddy Obama in D.C. will save it!! Free money for all!!!!

Anonymous said...

Kind of reminds me of a kid with not even enough income to pay the rent or put a muffler on his beat up Ford Escort wanting to spend $95,000 on a car.

Anonymous said...

Wall Street is rigged to blow anyway so maybe the magic invisible market hand, forces, will spare us from a future of misery dishing out for this stupid idiotic project.

Anonymous said...

They've already spent millions of dollars on this fiasco and mostly with consultants, planners, and meeting facilitators.
And now the story changes to the idea that this is really all on the come depending on some pie-in-the-sky Federal money?
The story changes almost as much as the airport terminal tall tales.
Facts are stubborn things and more are becoming clear every day. Sly's finding out that you really can't pay for much of anything with smiles, ribbon cuttings, and millenial enthusiasm.
And who will end up picking up the tab?
CK residents!
All aboard.

Anonymous said...

So why does Tiffany Springs Parkway's own Russ Johnson meddle so much in the affairs of the poor blacks and the middle-class urban yuppies anyway? Does he just not care about his own district?

Anonymous said...

You start a story with "Russ Johnson Seyz..." and you know what follows is bull shit from Mr. Know-It-All. 'Nuff said.

Anonymous said...

A train to the airport makes a lot more sense than duplicating existing bus service.

Anonymous said...

6:13, not really.

elBryan said...

Lol, 6:13, although a train to the airport would be duplicating bus service.

If we want to get serious about public transit in KC, we sell bus expansion hard in the northland. The place is FULL of low rent apartments. You get those people learning how to use and eventually relying on bus service and instead of Dave Johnson's approach of "suburban car hate and disenfranchisement," the entire city can work together to develop a regional transit system that works for our entire spread out region.

Anonymous said...

The toy train has already cut bus services. Last year, it was announced that we would have busses on North Oak and other routes every 20 or 30 minutes instead of once an hour during the day. Those were cancelled because of the cost of the train. Now we are noticing that some routes (Meadowbrook) now run once an hour instead of twice an hour during rush hour. So not only did they not do what they promised, they cut what we already had. And all to duplicate services already available by bus south of the river. Note that the south of the river busses run every 10-20 minutes, depending on the route. And you wonder why it's a hard sell in the Northland? We have a lot of time to think about things while sitting at the bus stop!