TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! KANSAS CITY TOY TRAIN STREETCAR RYDER COMPLAINTS PERSIST!!!
Thanks to consultant contracts, political bullying and crony capitalism, there is very little criticism of the Kansas City toy train in the mainstream media.
Accordingly . . .
TKC OFFERS THIS EXCLUSIVE SUNDAY SPECIAL TESTIMONY FROM STREETCAR RYDERS REGARDING THE PERSISTENT PROBLEMS OF THE TOY TRAIN!!!
While the cheerleaders of this project continue to tout numbers WITHOUT INDEPENDENT VERIFICATION . . . We want to focus on the experience of users and some of their longstanding complaints . . .
Take a look at the top complaints:
Kansas City's Streetcar Needs To Charge!!!
Critics who want to see a modicum of effort toward toy train sustainability believe that streetcar needs to start charging riders in order to not only generate revenue but also to prove it's worth and value to riders as something more than a tourist indulgence.
BRT Is Better For Kansas City
An important resource from the best and brightest of our blog community who argue for transit alternatives . . .
"Check out Cleveland's state of the art BRT system. Much better than Kansas City's Max bus, and much better than a streetcar. Cost $200 million for 9 miles compared to our Streetcar that cost $110 million for two miles."
Finally . . .
The Kansas City Toy Train Is Always Late!!!
At the end of line and along just about every stop, this complaint continues to resonate among Downtown denizens . . .
THE KANSAS CITY TOY TRAIN STREETCAR IS MUCH SLOWER THAN DRIVING, TAKING A CAB OR ANY COMPARABLE BUS LINE!!!
The weekend crowds make for great pix and social media hype from the army of consultants employed via taxpayer subsidy but the reality is that unaffiliated ryders regularly complain about constant toy train streetcar delays and this might impact Kansas City's transit effort when the novelty wears off.
Now, we should be clear that these gripes are from people who generally support public transit and would like to work toward solutions . . . The debate over ridership, costs, competing car traffic and the extension are far more brutal and speak to the ongoing contentious battle over the future of the streetcar that continues this Summer amid dueling petitions.
You decide . . .