KANSAS CITY STREETCAR: THE TROOST AVE OF PUBLIC TRANSIT?!?!
One of the most brilliant things we've read this week regarding the TOY TRAIN sent from our blog community . . .
KCMO Streetcar Transit Divisions?!?!
With the heightened state of division and racial tensions in this country, I wonder if it's time to seriously ask the question if the Streetcar is the new "Troost Avenue of Public Transportation".
It raises the question, why do people want a Streetcar from the Plaza to City Market when we already have a very competent Max bus serving the same route? The Streetcar is no faster than the Max bus, so why are people saying we need a Streetcar?
And more importantly, why do they not want to ride a bus? Is the truth based in an ugly reality of racism? Do the Streetcar fans think that buses are only for people of color or poor people?
If you look at all the photos and videos of people riding the streetcar, it's usually mostly white people who think it's an amusement park ride. People who ride buses know that buses are more than amusement park rides. It is the means of how they get to and from their jobs, hospitals, schools, etc. The bus is not just to take people drinking on the Plaza or Power and Light district like the Streetcar, although now that the Max bus runs to 2 pm on weekends, it can do that as well.
When the Streetcar expansion vote failed in the past is because there was a plan to bring it east on Linwood or other streets to the black neighborhoods. And those voters saw nothing wrong with a bus and didn't want to add $400/year to their tax bill for a streetcar.
So now the Streetcar proponents think they can get the expansion to pass if they limit the vote to only going south to the Plaza.
Or in other words, to white neighborhoods.