Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Regional Railroading: Kansas City Toy Train Streetcar Takes All The Local Transit Money

Cash analysis of Downtown efforts . . .

"Streetcar advocates are asking that the streetcar be given higher priority than other regional projects—much higher priority. During the next two-year STP/CMAQ funding period, roughly $42M in funds will be available. So the $14.5M grant that rail advocates are after could gobble up more than a third of the total funds."

Could KC Streetcar Expansion Drain Regional Resources?

14 Comments:

Anonymous said...

But...but...but trolley boy assures us the toot toot will be paid 197% by all the folks who live in the CID--i.e., within three miles of the fixed rails. And trolley boy never lies.

Anonymous said...

Is the best use of regional transit funds for the streetcar. That is a big yes. The trolley has over 34 million free loading tourist per hour riding the only free streetcar in the world.

Anonymous said...

Time to move out of Kansas City. This is getting ridiculous. Let the streetcar fans buy our houses and pay the taxes.

Anonymous said...

Maybe the money would be better used to take the stoplights off felony freeway??

Anonymous said...

And Tony's Show-Me Institute checks never lie either! They always cash.

Anonymous said...

^^^ I doubt ANYBODY would ever pay TKC. If you have any proof, please post. The mayor paying all these consultants is well documented. Parsons & Co are kings of KC consultants!

Anonymous said...

I support the streetcar. We have to be focused on transit for the NEXT generation and now gas wasting cars. Public transit it the way to go.

Bob said...

3:14, the streetcar will need electricity, which means we will need to burn lots of coal to produce it! That should be great for the environment.

Or we could just mount a solar panel on the top of each streetcar. That won't generate any electricity on rainy days, but the streetcar already won't run when it rains, so no harm done.

Anonymous said...

Fortunately for well-run municipalities and counties on the Kansas side, there's really nothing "regional" about allocation of these funds. In the case of the former, financial decisions are made by those jurisdictions.
Unfortunately for the well-run municipalities and counties on the Missouri side, sucking their portion of these funds into the maw of the streetcar fiasco will decrease their ability to maintain, improve, and construct the kinds of transportation infrastructure their residents are used to and deserve.
The gimlet-eyed, mindless, and breathless enthusiasm for the downtown streetcar and the inability of KCMO electeds to make serious adult decisions about spending money has actually become a tremendous DETRIMENT to the region.
And more funds diverted from common sense transportation infrastructure maintenance and improvement will only make matters worse.
Adult supervision required.
Good luck Missouri taxpayers!

Anonymous said...

Trump wins no streetcar.

Anonymous said...

3:13: Trolley boy don't need no stinkin' proof!

3:14: Buses are public transit. Give them a try.

Anonymous said...

The available funds should be used to make riding the buses free. The streetcar needs to be charging a fare that will make it self-supporting.

Anonymous said...

3:14 is an idiot. Everyone takes buses in other cities larger than Kansas City. Only Kansas City has morons that won't ride a bus.

Anonymous said...

Columbus is one of the fastest growing cities, and they neither have nor plan to have a streetcar. I wonder how they did it without a downtown amusement park ride.