Wednesday, December 27, 2017
TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! KANSAS CITY ACTIVIST WARNS OF FROZEN HOBO POPSICLE CRISIS AND DEMANDS STREETCAR SUSPEND DEBOARDING RULE!!! SHOULD TOY TRAIN LET HOMELESS RIDE ALL DAY OR CONTINUE FORCING THEM INTO THE COLD???
There is a political transportation crisis threatening Kansas City amid this EPIC ARCTIC COLD FRONT.
To wit . . .
SPECIAL THANKS TO A LOCAL ACTIVIST FOR CRYING FOUL AGAINST KANSAS CITY STREETCAR POLICY WHICH FORCES HOMELESS INTO THE COLD!!!
Here's the word . . .
"Ask around, all of the Kansas City warming stations and shelters are at the breaking point right now. The Christmas donations were way down and we're struggling to keep up with a massive influx of homeless seeking shelter from the cold. In the middle of this, I'm getting a lot of complaints that the streetcar is STILL kicking people out at Union Station. It's a stupid policy in the first place but under these conditions it's nothing less than a nefarious stance."
Don't believe that the streetcar could be this cruel? They kick around hobos all year and their policy is in writing. Check the KC Streetcar website to find rule #6 in the code of conduct:
"All passengers must deboard streetcar when arriving at Union Station."
In practice, the waiting period is at least 30 minutes under these conditions and hanging out in Union Station isn't always an option for those who don't have cash to eat at the fancy restaurant, get a high-priced coffee or purchase a bus ticket - Remember those business are entitled to request patrons move on if they're not buying anything whereas the streetcar promises a free ride to every Kansas City visitor.
Meanwhile, we see the toy train getting some special consideration as neighborhood streets remain an icy mess . . .
It may be snowing in downtown KC but the #kcstreetcar tracks are clear. @TomGerend
And so . . .
Given that the toy train has subverted local Democracy, cost MILLIONS and still inspires election slap-fighting . . . Should the Kansas City Streetcar accommodate less fortunate riders or continue catering to tourists whilst risking arctic hobo death???
UPDATE: In social media messages exchanged back & forth - The Streetcar now promises to be "lenient" with their deboarding policy during this frigid weather.
You decide . . .