TKC TOLD YOU SO!!! PREZ TRUMP KILLED CORRUPT KANSAS CITY TOY TRAIN STREETCAR PART DEUX!!!
Thankfully, government checks and balances are working against another corrupt Kansas City's vote that attempts to ram through the toy train streetcar by way of mail-in ballots and citywide voter suppression.
Take a look:
Show-Me: Can the Kansas City Streetcar Expansion Be Built Even If It Wins?
Here's the math from some of our favorite number crunches:
"The language from the court ruling allowing the new transportation development district (TDD) throws another wrench in streetcar advocates’ plans: no taxes or assessments can be collected from within the district until enough external funding—in this case federal funds—are available. The Trump administration has made the availability of federal funds highly unlikely. Congress could seek to continue federal New Starts funding, according to Rich Sampson of the Community Transportation Association of America, but it will be an uphill climb. And even if streetcar funding is provided by Congress, the administration may choose not to spend it."
Translation and posted just to ruin the Friday night of so many streetcar consultants, fanboys and acolytes . . .
DISGRACEFUL STREETCAR TDD EXTENSION ADVOCATES ARE THREATENED BY A FULL STOP TO FEDERAL FUNDING OF THEIR SKETCHY SCHEME!!!
More importantly, the Streetcar is really a legacy of the Prez Obama Administration and GOP tidal wave of 2016 effectively ended public support of the former Prez and his policies.
Finally, credit where it's due . . . This time around, while Clay Chastain's plan is also dependent on Federal cash, he has a better funding mechanism overall and isn't afraid to put his efforts in front of the entire KCMO voting public.
And so, falling ridership numbers and increasingly angry and defensive streetcar "advocacy" signals a failed local transit experiment based on tax breaks, subverting local Democracy and hype rather than real world success.
You decide . . .