Tuesday, December 17, 2019
TKC READER FACT CHECK: KANSAS CITY NOT THE FIRST TO OFFER FREE TRANSIT!!!
An EXCEPTIONAL NOTE from our reader community that deserves attention and offers not only historical context but contradicts our local political elite.
Here's the word . . .
Latest free-transit "pie in the sky" PR scheme:
In their desperate efforts to jump out in front of cameras and generate headlines for themselves with our tax dollars, the first casualty is usually the truth as politicos stumble all over themselves to oversell their latest transit vaporware. The most recent transit pie-in-the-sky PR scheme is the potential offering of free mass transit to all. At a first non-critical blush this idea seems to potentially hold some allure, and it certainly doesn't hurt that it plays right into the SJW default PR setting of our local media. However, with a more critical eye, there is just so much to pick apart here that it is simply hard to know where to start.
Let me start with the first big lie: Claim: KC will be the first "major" city to offer free transit on America! Aren't we smart and progressive?! Fact: 100% and totally FALSE, and so clearly false that it could be framed as an outright lie by those claiming it (namely the head carnival barker at the KCATA, and the Mayor).
For just a few quick examples of free transit experiments: L.A. (through Commerce City) has offered free transit services since 1962; Amherst, Massachusetts; Austin, Texas; San Francisco, Santa Monica; and the list gets fairly extensive.
The fact that these cities still aren't offering free mass transit schemes would seem to lead someone (read: a viable press or media) to ask the logical question, why not anymore? If It is such a "can't miss" idea, then why has everyone that has tried this idea subsequently abandoned it? As the local media seems much more interested in simply printing politicos talking points than doing their jobs.
You decide . . .