TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! COMPRESSOR BRAKING CONTROVERSY CONFRONTS EMBATTLED KANSAS CITY TOY TRAIN STREETCAR!!!
Thanks to the hard work and dedication of KICK-ASS TKC BLOG COMMUNITY . . . Kansas City streetcar supporters can never say that they weren't warned about treacherous toy train problems which threaten the safety of local residents on downtown streets.
To wit . . .
THANKS TO KICK-ASS TKC TIPSTERS FOR CALLING OUT THE KANSAS CITY STREETCAR COMPRESSOR ISSUES THREATENING TOY TRAIN BRAKES!!!
Here's the word based on difficulties with the KCMO design documented by better news outlets along with behind the scenes advocacy brought to light EXCLUSIVELY by our AWESOME TKC blog community.
Here's the word:
"Last week I called attention to maintenance issues with streetcars in other cities. Seattle's streetcar skid 2.5 blocks through traffic and amazingly didn't kill anyone. Cincinnati's streetcar is having compressor issues in 4 out of 5 of their streetcars, which impacts their ability to brake.
"We have the exact same streetcar as Cincinnati so I find it hard to believe that ours aren't experiencing similar problems. Particularly because I've been on the streetcar when it was raining and it was having trouble braking. Lo and behold, it's raining this morning and the streetcar service is being supplemented with buses, and the explanation is the streetcar is having "maintenance issues"
"It's time journalists in KC get to the bottom of this. Tom Gerend assured me that he is aware of problems with streetcars in other cities but I had to ask him about it. Why has KCRTA not issued a statement about this prior to a random citizen inquiring about it? Whoever runs the @kcstreetcar Twitter account says the compressors are fine, but I think we deserve proof of that. What is the maintenance issue that has crippled #kcstreetcar service this rainy Monday morning and how can we be reassured that the streetcar can adequately brake?"
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