KANSAS CITY TOY TRAIN STREETCAR PART DEUX PROJECTED TO COST $200 MILLION!!!
The Kansas City Streetcar Authority is climbing aboard the latest effort to expand the line after voters rejected a similar proposal about two years ago.
Here's the newspaper publishing unquestioned hype . . .
"Kansas City Streetcar Authority board chairman Mike Hagedorn said Thursday that the authority intends to take a leadership position and “strike while the iron is hot” to propel route expansion south from downtown.
"Ridership to date (on the toy train starter line) totaled 656,882, with an average daily ridership of about 6,800. By far the busiest day is Saturday, but several board members said they weren’t worried that “novelty” rides would abate. Rather, they said, the streetcar line is fostering a lifestyle change for people who live and work downtown.
“The economic development angle is undeniable,” Hagedorn said of an estimated $1.7 billion in development that’s at least partly related to the line. But he also acknowledged that board members need to be ready to respond to members of the public who question the line’s value and long-term viability . . ."
Of course there's not a lot of mention that most of the development is also taxpayer subsidized to the hilt.
Still . . .
KANSAS CITY TOY TRAIN STREETCAR ENTHUSIASTS SEEM EMBOLDENED IN THEIR GERRYMANDERING EFFORTS THIS TIME AROUND AND COULD BE WEARING DOWN THEIR OPPOSITION!!!
Last time around Mr. Peanut pretty much killed the project and it's not clear if opponents can rally the same kind of funding to battle another Kansas City secret tax election hidden away from a public ballot using sketchy mail-in tactics.
You decide . . .