Recent hype for the toy train offers a hopeful outlook about cash from the feds.
Presser talking points dutifully rebroadcast by hacks:
"Streetcar service from Union Station to Berkley Riverfront Park is expected to be running by early 2024 following the unanimous approval by the Port KC board of an agreement with the KC Streetcar Authority and the KCATA.
"The half-mile, $20.2 million extension from the current north terminus in the River Market to a stop on the west side of Berkley Park is expected to begin construction next year. It’s the result of $14.2 million federal grant awarded last September."
Accordingly . . .
There's really nothing at Berkley Park except the occasional dead lady, sketchy real estate courtesy of a local power player developer/lawyer and, of course a local casino.
Amateur urban planners might celebrate transit for the occasional festival but the casino will have far more traffic . . . There's already a plan to build a stop in front of the local den of iniquity. And to be fair, this isn't a bad plan and might even make a buck or two . . . But it's a cynical strategy the leverages local addiction, not the bright future of urban transit promised by cheerleaders.
Developing . . .