Thursday, September 29, 2016

TKC MUST READ!!! KANSAS CITY DOUBLES DOWN ON TOY TRAIN STREETCARS DESPITE UNREALIZED ECONOMIC BENEFIT!!!



Throughout the nation there's a push back among metro areas against expensive tech streetcar that hasn't lived up to hype about the economic renaissance they would spark.

Take a look at this EXCELLENT link suggestion from our blog community . . .

It's a New Day for Streetcars (Unless It Isn't)
Money line . . .

"The fact that both Cincinnati and KC’s systems are more popular on weekends seems to support one of the fundamental arguments against them: They’re more tourist toys than transportation systems used by residents and commuters. Too slow and short to function as bona fide people-movers, they’re just expensive downtown amenities for out-of-towners, opponents say, gobbling public dollars that should be devoted to more useful forms of public transit."

Sadly, because Kansas City elected leaders stopped counting votes and now just listen to their consultants and donors, warning of dire financial circumstances doesn't resonate among the cabal pushing outdated transit on 12th & Oak.

Take a look:

KC Biz Journal: Streetcar Authority will add vehicles, study extension to riverfront

Newspaper Propaganda: Kansas City streetcars are so crowded that system needs more vehicles

NBC Action News: Kansas City streetcar on track to expand

Developing . . .

23 Comments:

Anonymous said...

KC saves money with a purchase of more for double the cost!

Anonymous said...

Toy train?

Those are very EXPENSIVE toys. Not a laughing matter.

Tell me again, why aren't we buying from an American company?

Anonymous said...

Because Sexy Cindy needed to drink wine in Spain! Tee hee (snort)!

Anonymous said...

What's really sad , 50 people can petition, a Judge can rubber stamp it as valid and uninformed homeowners,property owners and poorer residents from Stateline to Campbell will have to pay for the arrogance of Street Car Zelouts .
25 years of a progressive property tax increase and 1% plus tax increase on basic cost of living is obscene.
Many homeowners are struggling with upside-down mortgages , homes being over taxed through fabricated assessments and high crime in midtown.
I think City Hall's much need obligation bond ,the DART TAX ,and even your city bond issued should be voted down . A 1/3 mile swath of a Street Car Expansion CID is ridiculous. Mainstream,Westport,Plaza ,KCAI and UMKC WANT this expansion ,let them cover the cost.

Anonymous said...

Kansas City, no voting allowed.

Anonymous said...

When they start charging the same fare as a bus, the amusement park riders will go away. Then they won't have overcrowded streetcars. And they will make thousands of dollars in revenue instead of zero revenue. Might even pay the cost of driver salaries and the overhead wires electricity. Problem solved.

Anonymous said...

Sly and make-believe chancellor Morton at UMKC have promised the Chamber swells that the streetcar will be extended to run from the UMKC campus to the new, and also promised, downtown arts campus for the college.
And, like all the other heavily-subsidized "development" crap and misappropriated tax money that's been siphoned away from basic services to finance legacy toys like the streetcar, the Chamber will get what they want.
Public projects in KCMO are rarely designed with the best interests of the public in mind. Rather, it's a matter of who gets what out of them.
That's why the airport is halfway to Omaha and the stadiums are in the middle of nothing.
It's hard enough to try to correct past bad decisions, but even worse to see new ones made every day.
And KCMO taxpayers will have to live with these mistakes, and pay the debt on them, for many decades.
World class.

Anonymous said...

welcome to sorelosers.com, the sorriest place on The Internet.

Even sorrier is to see you deleted the above comment.

Pathetic.

Anonymous said...

http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/kc-streetcar/article104987366.html

The authority voted Thursday to develop a financing plan to add two more streetcars to the four-vehicle fleet.

Ha ha ha ha ha, losers. Sure sounds like a fucking failure to me!!!

Anonymous said...

^^^ The newspaper? Yes, it failing and losing money every day. Too bad they're writing those kind of articles in exchange for an ongoing tax break.

Anonymous said...

Yeah get a load of THE STAR and THEIR LIES!!! Probably the only thing keeping them in business is their daily deliveries of $$ STREETCAR MONEY $$ in GIGANTIC BAGS marked

$$ STREETCAR MONEY $$

that they SEND STRAIGHT TO CORPORATE!!! STREETCAR MONEY!!! BAGS OF IT!!! THE STAR!!!!

AAAARGRJFJDIFHHDYEUHDHRIDIDJXXJXJDHIXJDJFYCHXHXHDHDHJEUDUDUDDHDHHDHFHFHDHDH

Anonymous said...

Next stop, Detroit!

Anonymous said...

KC Port Authority is only second to the streetcar when it comes to wasting citizens money. Over a year ago they announced yet another plan for river front development, “Port Authority CEO: Riverfront development is really going to happen.” Today the land stands barren after the Port Authority invested about $5 million of its money (should that read our money?) in installing the necessary infrastructure to support the mixed-use project. Now we are told the streetcar will save Riverfront Park.
http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/blog/2015/03/port-authority-riverfront-skepticism.html

Anonymous said...

Obviously we need more streetcars. Last I heard the line now stretches to Oklahoma City.

Anonymous said...

Those ridership numbers are so bogus, they are laughable. I guess David Johnson thinks if you just keep repeating a lie over and over people will believe it. I see the empty trolleys going through River Market all week long.

Anonymous said...

Once they start charging a fare, it will be interesting to see if the counters in the ticket machines bear out the outlandish ridership claims.

Anonymous said...

CityLab article nails it!

Anonymous said...

"I guess David Johnson thinks if you just keep repeating a lie over and over people will believe it."

Yeah why not? That's what Tony thinks.

Anonymous said...

See Van Chevrolet Corvette below.

Now that would be a sweet TKC urban cruiser!

A little bit of custom paint, modified coffee/snack cake tray, and you could count as a business expense.

Anonymous said...

Yep, great. See you guys at the streetcar extension groundbreaking.

Anonymous said...

The train is going to toot up and down main st and there is nothing you Luddites can do to stop it!

Anonymous said...

Ur gonna love the overhead wires!

agentzero said...

Almost certainly before the line is done, autonomous shuttles will already be serving that route. Note the politicians distancing themselves and now it is anonymous on who is leading effort for it.

Certainly not effective transit for people that live in KC, and opportunity cost and comparisons will be well detailed so public knows what is being decided on this time. Now we get to see the smoke and mirrors of the financing show. Ought to be interesting to see that undressed.