Friday, December 14, 2018
TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! OUR BLOG COMMUNITY FACT CHECKS KANSAS CITY TOY TRAIN STREETCAR FAKE NEWS!!!
Mania and hype dominate the holiday season but it turns out our KICK-ASS TKC BLOG COMMUNITY might be the only place where locals can unite in order to accurately identify politico & corporate transit misdirection.
To wit . . .
CHECK THIS AWESOME TKC READER FACT CHECKING THE LATEST STREETCAR PROPAGANDA!!!
The offending headline that we talked a bit about yesterday:
KC Streetcar Authority secures $3M for Main Street extension
Now check the EPIC takedown . . .
"It comes across as boosterism about a whopping $3 million secured but within this story are 3 important facts:
(1) That federal BUILD cash *is not* going to the toy train and
(2) The KCATA is spending a million on it. That is pretty outrageous. KCATA should not be hemorrhaging money on the rail plan. They should focus on buses. There have been significant cuts to bus lines since the toy train e.g. 47, 28, 570 etc. It is silly because the rail line does not go anywhere that wasn't within the mainstreet MAX (or the 56 line before it),at least before they moved the downtown leg of the Main St. MAX line over to Grand because of the embarrassing reality that the streetcar is completely within an existing bus line.
(3) This is NOT new money it is just shuffling money around from pocket to pocket among shady quasi public entities, from a TDD to a Streetcar Authority. The reality is there's no big fat federal check paying for this expensive turd - it is just money sucked from local pockets."
You decide . . .