Thursday, January 11, 2018
TKC MUST READ!!! EL BRYAN BLASTS STILL DOWN KANSAS CITY STREETCAR!!!
Winter fury has kept the toy train streetcar offline most of the day. Meanwhile a controversial ordinance is under consideration at City Hall which attempts to push the project forward. Here's a note on on the sitch from Northeast Neighborhood leader Bryan Stalder.
Bryan Stalder: Transportation and Infrastructure
We all know that the Kansas City Streetcar is The Best Streetcar Ever In The History Of The World and billions of folks travel from all over the world so they can ride our free streetcar for two miles and spend trillions of dollars in our city. The only bad thing anyone can say about it is how confusing, discriminatory, and corrupt the voting process is.
A grassroots, citizen led petition was put on a citywide ballot and approved by voters last year, which added a layer of accountability to this questionably ethical voting process. My hope had been that city leaders would have taken that as an opportunity to reform the voting process. At the very least, hold a citywide election on the approval of Main Street and Berkley Riverfront Park streetcar extensions. After all, we have approved G.O. Bonds, a 1/8 cent sales tax for the east side, and a billion dollar airport with citywide votes over the past year, so why can't the city make the case for the wildly popular and unbelievably successful streetcar?
Instead, City Council is considering Ordinance 171032, which essentially recognizes the voters of Kansas City as a nuisance, and attempts to circumvent the election results rather than working within them. So I took the morning off of work and caught the bus in the freezing rain to City Hall to testify against the ordinance, only when I got to the 26th Floor, I found out that the Transportation and Infrastructure meeting had been cancelled (on account of the freezing rain.) Bummed out, I decided to make the best of my bus ride downtown and caught another bus to Thou Mayest to warm up with some pour over. On my way there, I learned that streetcar service had also been cancelled because of the weather. What a joke. The buses were still running!
It really highlighted the question: Why are we circumventing KC voters and spending so much money to build transportation that has to cancel service and be supplemented with buses any time it rains or snows, or if there is a vehicle accident or fire on Main street? It just seems entirely inefficient.
I will try to get to the next Transportation & Infrastructure meeting, but I hope every council member on that committee reads this. It doesn't matter how much everyone supposedly loves the streetcar; this is about respecting the voters who approved the single terminal airport and the G.O. Bond and Question 1. If y'all want to build streetcar extensions, make the case to us and put it to a citywide vote. Don't undermine a grassroots petition approved by the majority of citywide voters.
Okay, that's all. I hope everyone has a safe and warm, meeting free evening.
You decide . . .