Wednesday, May 17, 2017

KANSAS CITY FOLLOWS DETROIT DOWN STREETCAR BOONDOGGLE TRACK!!!



As promises of economic development have been broken and mostly unrealized without exorbitant additional local government subsidy, Kansas City residents demand a more critical look at coverage of this town's most controversial form of transit.

And so . . .

THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST AMONG OUR KICK-ASS TKC BLOG COMMUNITY POINT US TO THIS TOY TRAIN STREETCAR REALITY CHECK!!!

Here's vital info on "The death spiral of rail travel" meticulously documented:



More insight on the topic . . .

You could take this article and substitute Kansas City for Detroit and the "shoe" would fit perfectly. Why don’t we see this type of article in the Kansas City Star, rather than reprints of trolley press releases?

“The QLine already depends on sky-high ridership estimates to break even: 5,000-8,000 passengers per day.”

“The argument for streetcars as economic development has been made in every American city that talked itself into one—it’s the first thing that is in all of the QLine’s literature. But in Detroit, where cars rule, it could actually serve a higher purpose: to convince people that transit is a good thing, even though the QLine in its current iteration is more of an amusement park ride than actual equitable transit.”

Sadly, our warm weather series of hype events and loving coverage continues . . .



You decide . . .

12 Comments:

seanot said...

Streetcars will be obsolete on 15 years, tops. If you are a streetcar salesman or a central planner, you've got a short time window to have your way with all that taxpayer cash.

Anonymous said...

Streetcars were obsolete in KC 60 years ago. KC lives in the past conventions and streetcars.

Anonymous said...

At least Detroit charges the tourist for streetcar rides. KCMO has the only free trolley attraction in the US.

Anonymous said...

Detroit can afford wasting money like this, but they only way KCMO can afford this is to raise the water bills again.

Bob said...

Years ago, I took the People Mover (an elevated downtown train) from the Renaissance Center Hotel to...well, to nowhere actually. There only two places where a person would dare to get off: a small group of Greek restaurants and a bar that used to be near the ballpark, and was clearly on its last legs. Two brief stops, two times a fear of imminent mugging, and back to the hotel, which was not much better. It was financed with public money, like the new Detroit and Kansas City streetcars, and useless.

Anonymous said...

Please keep in mind that the KC Port Authority is a unnecessary semi-autonomous branch of state government that serves Democratic Party interests in KCMO.
For years they had no purpose as the KC port was inactive on the Missouri River.
It's led by a do-nothing Democrat operative.
It's where Congressman Cleaver's daughter landed a job.
It's recently been hijacked by business interests as a new source for tax-advantaged development funding now that KCMO taxpayers have awoken to the constant corruption present between developers and the Mayor/Council.

Anonymous said...

Weez needz diz boutique tranzprtation to run on Main Zt!

It'z not public tranzportation!

Anonymous said...

“…to break even: 5,000-8,000 passengers per day.” Since the KC streetcar has 6600 riders per day, it should be breaking even and the property & sales taxes can be rolled back. If it is not breaking even, time for new management.

Anonymous said...

3:43 PM - good point. NKC & Riverside don't give the $$$'s they get to developers and promoters; they use the revenue to help the citizens of their communities.

Anonymous said...

So the Streetcar could extend east to the barren Richard Berkley Park, or go west to the emerging and developing West Bottoms. Why is this even a question?

Anonymous said...

Downtown Detroit (the riverfront) is rocking. Check it out sometime. 3 new stadiums, casinos, fine dining and as above said Greektown is exploding. The street car travels Woodward, a blast from the past Avenue that is full of Automotive history, music venues, restaurants etc. They are kicking KCMO ass! And they send corrupt Mayors and city officials to PRISON!!!

Crazy Clown said...

But, But according to the Degenerate Commie's at KCMO City Hall,, the TOY TRAIN has like 200 Billion riders a day or some shit like that.

That's IF you count every rider 10,000 times per ride and then some

Think its commonly referred to as Phony Math !!!