Monday, January 27, 2020
TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! TRANSIT SURVEY SEYZ KANSAS CITY NORTHLAND VOTERS OPPOSE FREE BUS RIDES 2 TO 1!!!
The pitch to voters for freebie bus rides is soon to grow more divisive, complicated and part of the local culture war.
To be fair, the idea of freebie bus rides has overwhelming support in Midtown, East Side, Brookside and among progressives across the nation.
This morning Mayor Quinton Lucas is once again pushing freebie bus rides via his social media presence.
HOWEVER . . .
EXCLUSIVE AND EARLY POLLING DATA LEAKED TO TKC REVEALS RAMPANT OPPOSITION AGAINST FREE BUS RIDES ON THE NICE SIDE OF THE BRIDGE!!!
Homeowners, frequent voters and among men & women alike said they disapproved of measure by an OVERWHELMING margin.
Some of the top reasons in this smallish segment of a bigger survey said:
- 75% of all potential "no votes" reported they had not used the bus or streetcar in the past year.
- 1/3 of all respondents feared hidden costs and additional taxes.
- The wide-open "public safety" concerns dominated more than half of the street car opposition among frequent Northland voters.
Here's the word explaining the deets:
"This isn't a priority for Northland voters. They've already been burned very recently. They were promised more sidewalks after the GO BOND vote and the results haven't lived up to expectations. And a lot of people on this side of the bridge just see it as paying for other people since most families have two cars and bus service in this part of town is HORRIBLE. Without some kind of assurance that we'll get more access, stops and service, I don't see people here voting for free transit that won't help them but will eventually end up costing more money."
And so, at the outset of the campaign it's clear that proponents of freebie bus rides have work to do convincing skeptical residents that this time they'll keep promises should this decision go in front of voters.
Developing . . .