TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! MIDTOWN KANSAS CITY DENIZENS CHALLENGE TOY TRAIN STREETCAR EXPANSION CLAIMS!!!
Once again transit election gerrymandering threatens Midtown Kansas City and the reaction to this effort has been overwhelmingly negative.
Remember that even the City Council called the recent expansion effort premature.
Now, here's a social media exchange worth mentioning . . .
A midtown denizen asks:
"What's wrong with buses already serving the same route as the streetcar? The streetcar is no faster than a bus and with fixed rail, has more limitations than a bus."
Kansas City Regional Transit Alliance (KCRTA): The Next Rail study indicated increased ridership (systemwide, not just on Main Street) and more economic development in the corridor. A majority of voters in the corridor also voted in favor of the 2014 expansion plan that included a Main Street extension. The region's long-range transportation plan also accommodates upgrading bus to rail over time.
Reaction from our blog community . . .
"What a joke. I can see what is happening now. The city is going out of their way to keep people ignorant about improvements in city buses because they want the bus system to look bad so they can advance their Streetcar agenda. And this is news to me in their reply that they plan to upgrade bus to rail over time?"
Moreover . . .
Also, it's a disgusting and shameful tactic that streetcar expansion proponents are claiming they won an election that they, in fact, lost as Midtown voters rejected their plan in a decisive defeat. Sadly, even these advocates know that rigging the vote and gerrymandering a small cross-section of voters for an item on which all of Kansas City must pay is their only hope of victory.
As always, you decide . . .