Thursday, April 02, 2020
KANSAS CITY STREETCAR EXPANSION SUPPORTERS 'CONFIDENT' OF TAXPAYER CASH GRAB DESPITE DEVISTATING CORONAVIRUS ECONOMIC IMPACT!!!
Earlier this week our KICK-ASS TKC BLOG COMMUNITY was FIRST to report a callous coronavirus cash grab from proponents of the Kansas City streetcar.
A bit more explanation from a promotional hack . . .
"The Council is being asked to authorize a $4.7 million contract with a team led by HDR to advance the design work for the project from its current 30 percent level to 60 percent. The more refined design is required by the FTA as part of the application process . . . The Council also is being asked to approve a $2.7 million pre-construction service contract."
Today Streetcar dude Tom Gerend will be pitching this touristy frou-frou to Mayor and Council at around 2 in the PM during the business session.
Clarification . . .
Of course streetcar supporters CLAIM city hall is merely acting as a "conduit" and taxpayer cash comes from "Streetcar Authority through a combination of revenues from the existing Downtown Transportation Development District and the Streetcar Authority reserve." Anyone who reads City Hall ordinances knows that contention is SKETCHY AT BEST given how much KCMO taxpayer cash is rerouted, transferred and questionably dedicated to these barely legal shell organizations.
What's troubling is that local MSM is letting this deal proceed in silence.
Nevertheless . . .
TOY TRAIN SUPPORTERS REVEAL CONFIDENCE IN CITY HALL FUNDING DESPITE THE CURRENT CRASH OF AMERICAN TOURISM & MORE IMPORTANT PUBLIC HEALTH PRIORITIES!!!
This global disaster demonstrates this town needs money for more cops, more small biz relief and maintaining infrastructure as federal funds will be desperately needed elsewhere.
Even worse . . .
STREETCAR SUPPORTERS ADMIT RIDERSHIP HAS DROPPED BY MORE THAN HALF DURING CORONAVIRUS!!!
Hours have been cut back, half of the fleet has been docked and a massive cleaning effort is, thankfully, underway in order to reassure the public.
Translation . . .
The COVID-19 pandemic teaches us that the streetcar is a luxury and not a necessity.
Some might claim that this pandemic is a once in a lifetime event. We hope that's true but the public lockdown might also be a glimpse into the future as pandemics seem to be occurring more frequently given the 2009 H1N1 tragedy and the 2018 pandemic flu that hit exceptionally hard. No one can predict the future but we've seen that severe weather and various public safety emergencies have rendered the streetcar virtually useless given the performance of the starter route.
And so . . .
IF TKC READERS DON'T WANT MORE THAN 7-MILLION WORTH OF TAXPAYER CASH USED ON THE TOY TRAIN STREETCAR DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC . . . MAYBE LET MAYOR & COUNCIL KNOW ABOUT BEFORE THIS AFTERNOON!!!
Here's contact info.
You decide . . .