Streetcar Supporters’ Tortured Logic On Display In North Kansas City Extension Option

It seems the downtown streetcar line and the proposed 7.8-mile extension plan have not slacked some Kansas City residents' thirst for more rail. As the Kansas City Star reported today, the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) is still pushing for a streetcar extension to North Kansas City. According to the most recent report, the proposed line would not get its own bridge because it is too expensive.

Don't Want Your Taxes Funding the Streetcar? Too Late

Kansas City collects a 1-cent sales tax to fund the Public Improvements Advisory Committee (PIAC). According to the city's website:
If a business, organization or neighborhood has a need for capital improvements (sidewalks, water and sewers, road improvements, storm water runoff, etc.), they are encouraged to submit a project request form.

An article in the Kansas City Business Journal stated:

Show-Me Institute Research Discussed On Ruckus

On Thurs., April 3, the Show-Me Institute’s research about the Kansas City streetcar and the proposed $1.2 billion new terminal plan for Kansas City International Airport (MCI) was featured prominently on the program Ruckus. That program aired on public television station KCPT-TV in Kansas City. Show-Me Institute Board Chairman Crosby Kemper III argued that both the new airport terminal plan and the streetcar are wasteful projects, the result of Kansas City becoming a “fact-free city.”

Kansas City Streetcar: Tax Now, Answer Questions Later

Kansas City Mayor Sly James told a meeting of streetcar opponents a couple of weeks ago that the effort to save the trolley trail — a band of green space running through the city once dedicated to a streetcar but now used for walking and bicycling — is misinformed because:
There's multiple options, three or four of which have nothing to do with the trolley trail; won't touch it, won't run on it, won't use the lines on it.

Spending Money Kansas City Doesn’t Have On Streetcars It Doesn’t Need

Optimistically anticipating that their initial 2.2-mile downtown streetcar line will be a resounding success, Kansas City planners are proposing a Transportation Development District (TDD) to fund a $500 million streetcar system. This move is a blatant bid to get federal dollars to pay for an expensive and outmoded transportation device.

Kansas City Streetcar Northern Extension: The Bus With Rails Also Wants Its Own Bridge

Kansas City is proposing to build a wasteful addition onto its as yet unopened streetcar line. As the Kansas City Star reports, the city is planning to conduct a $600,000 study on a 2.2-mile streetcar route from the River Market across the Missouri River to North Kansas City. The estimated price tag: $50 million for the bridge alone.