SHAME!!! INTERNETS PETITION SUPPORTING KANSAS CITY STREETCAR PART DEUX MISLEADS VOTERS!!!
Because this online ask is unsigned and filled with a lot of misleading and mostly incorrect info about toy train streetcar effort . . . It mostly looks like one of those online e-mail collection scams. With nobody willing to put their name on this one . . . Like most of the streetcar advocacy and angry comments that rage in favor of the upcoming rigged vote . . . It's probably unwise to trust people asking for a blank check and private information.
Consider yourself warned about yet another potential scam associated with Kansas City streetcar enthusiasts . . .
With the Kansas City Streetcar starter line live, now is the time to approve the expansion of the line from Union Station to UMKC. Tell your Councilperson that you support the expansion, and that they should, too.
Form letter . . .
I am writing to express my support for moving forward now with the lengthy process toward extending the downtown starter line south along Main Street, and I am asking that you support it as well.
The proposed extension to UMKC has the potential to deliver an even larger return on investment than we have already seen downtown. It would also allow a direct connection through Midtown between the UMKC Volker Campus and the proposed Downtown Arts Campus, a KC Chamber Big 5 initiative. Aside from this project being a high priority for Chancellor Morton, both MainCor and the Main Street CID have adopted a resolution in support of the extension. Moreover, this extension is included as a material component of the recently adopted Midtown Area Plan. And as I am sure you are aware, Midtown voters have consistently supported fixed rail through this corridor.
The cost of construction of the starter line was $250,000 under budget, thanks to management by the City’s Public Works Department. Moving forward with the extension while this same team can be involved leverages their experience and familiarity with the needs of the project, and puts the extension in the best position to be completed on time and within budget. It will take years to build the extension. The first election to decide whether to form this TDD would not occur until the end of 2016 or the beginning of 2017. Even if that formation election passes, there will be opportunities for the City to reverse course in the unlikely event that the community determines that the streetcar is not a worthwhile project. However, the longer we wait to start the first step in this process, the more costs will increase and the longer it will be until service through to UMKC could start.
Delaying the beginning of the process does not achieve any positive result; instead it delays the potential exponential growth in value of the starter line to the detriment of the downtown ratepayers who have begun their investment, and delays the future benefit to midtown residents, property owners and workers.
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