Saturday, August 05, 2017
TKC MUST READ!!! KANSAS CITY RIVER MARKET DENIZENS RAGE AGAINST TOY TRAIN BROKEN PROMISES AMID STREETCAR EXPANSION RIGGED VOTE!!!
The announcement of a recent rigged vote victory offered hope to toy train supporters despite the lack of new federal funds and competing voter initiatives . . . But, as always, our blog community is concerned with the word of street level locals who offer a glimpse at the reality of the situation beyond consultant and political hype.
To wit . . .
CHECK THIS REALITY CHECK RAGING AGAINST BROKEN STREETCAR PROMISES IN THE RIVER MARKET!!!
Here's the word . . .
"There are 30,000 people living in the proposed streetcar district and only 3,642 were able to get through all the obstacles to voting. Guess if more people had fax machines and readily available access to a notary the turnout would have been higher!
"The damage is already done in River Market from the starter line. This area is a park & ride lot and Main Street is no longer easily available for auto traffic. Residents are paying high property and sales taxes to support the only free trolley ride in the US. We were promised that the streetcar would attract businesses and jobs to the area and the result was zero. Trolley supporters claim it has brought thousands of tax subsidized apartment units to the area. These apartment dwellers require City services and are not paying for them.
"The streetcar line is a novelty for tourists rather than a transit system that can benefit the taxpayers. Instead of wasting more taxpayer dollars on obsolete fixed rail technology, KCMO should be investing new technologies including demand response platforms such as Uber! Many major US cities plan to roll out mobile on demand services in the next 5 years and KCMO keeps pushing old technology."
You decide . . .