Thursday, November 16, 2017
TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! YET ANOTHER KANSAS CITY STREETCAR LAWSUIT MOVES FORWARD AMID BERKLEY RIVERFONT 'NO VOTE' TOY TRAIN ROUTE EXPANSION!!!
The KC Streetcar crew continues to tout their double-sided expansion efforts despite a lack of required federal funding.
The latest "news" on this topic is a proposed Northbound move to Berkley Riverfront Park in order to better service luxury condo and loft real estate speculation. Supporters tout their ability to chase TIGER grants despite a great deal of that funding has dried up and is out of favor with the current Prez Trump administration.
However . . .
STREETCAR OPPONENTS CONTINUE THE FIGHT AGAINST THE TOY TRAIN AND HAVE BEEN GAINING TRACTION IN A LAWSUIT AGAINST EXPANSION!!!
Brief aside, while the streetcar touts "3-million riders" it's also important to know that passenger numbers on the current Downtown line have started to trend downward this year over last and before a cold spell has really taken hold in Kansas City.
Now here's latest update . . .
From The Smart KC Crew: "Following the first TDD election, several KCMO voters have filed suit against the State of Missouri, Secretary of State, and all 50 streetcar extension petition sponsors.
"The suit was filed by Sherry DeJanes, local attorney and founder of Be SmartKC, alleging that the TDD voting process was too difficult and the eligible voters too targeted, that it “imposes onerous procedural requirements which handicap the exercise of their (Voters) franchise to vote.”
The TDD election is just one part of their complaint given the recent success of a tax fighter initiative to limit streetcar expansion without a CITYWIDE vote. And all of this signals that more court fighting is underway as the City Hall development agenda chugs along with a pace nearly as fast as the rising 2017 local murder count.
Developing . . .