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Old 05-10-2016, 05:15 PM
 
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It's not getting any backlash from my suburbans friends I work with who have been walking three blocks to ride it this week. Several I know have commented that they would consider moving into the city if the streetcar was extended, myself included
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Old 05-10-2016, 05:36 PM
 
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A road costs per mile, the fewer people live on each mile, the more it cost each of them to pay for it.[/quote]


Trying to explain your above (true statement) to residents of that portion of the city would be like trying to teach them Algebra in Russian. No getting through to them.
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Old 05-10-2016, 05:47 PM
 
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And without a sea change (like the east side streetcar expansion could have been) there are and will be very few development proposals east of Troost for the city to incent. And the population continues declining east of Troost at Rust-belt level rates, meaning there are fewer and fewer taxpayers every year in that part of town, fewer and fewer voters, and less and less reason for the city to continue spending so much of the money generated west of Troost propping up the east side.


There could be only 1,000 people east of Troost and those residents would still expect the city to provide the same amount of tax dollars prompting them up. Sad but true.
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Old 05-10-2016, 06:02 PM
 
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Unfortunately, when it's extended and even more economic development occurs on the line, I feel the East Side of the city will then complain that they were unfairly left out of the process. You can't win with some people.

Oh, and how they will complain. Just like now they complain about how horrible 71 is to drive to and from to Grandview because of the stoplights, which their mayor requested to be there so broken families wouldn't be cut off from one another with a highway, will be complaining in 10-20 years how unfair and not right that the East side doesn't have light rail. Let those who voted against light rail on the east side eat streetcar cake.
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Old 05-10-2016, 06:08 PM
 
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It's not getting any backlash from my suburbans friends I work with who have been walking three blocks to ride it this week. Several I know have commented that they would consider moving into the city if the streetcar was extended, myself included
I won't move into the city, but we plan to take our toddler granddaughter on it some weekend soon just so she can say someday that she rode it in 2016.
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Old 05-10-2016, 07:05 PM
 
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"Thousands" rode it over the weekend.

I saw it on Main at around 5:30pm today counted a grand total of 4 passengers.

I guess the incentive evaporated when the carnival ended.
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Old 05-10-2016, 11:24 PM
 
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"Thousands" rode it over the weekend.

I saw it on Main at around 5:30pm today counted a grand total of 4 passengers.

I guess the incentive evaporated when the carnival ended.
A tale of two cities, eh? A Tuesday in May....



https://twitter.com/kcstreetcar/stat...329984?lang=en
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Old 05-11-2016, 12:02 AM
 
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"Thousands" rode it over the weekend.

I saw it on Main at around 5:30pm today counted a grand total of 4 passengers.

I guess the incentive evaporated when the carnival ended.
lies, i rode it a little after noon and it was standing room only... it was awesome.
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Old 05-11-2016, 05:36 AM
 
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lies, i rode it a little after noon and it was standing room only... it was awesome.
And I saw it at the peak of rush hour and it had 4 riders.

I guess if what I see see in real life doesn't match what twitter says, it must not have happened.

Ah, kids.
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Old 05-11-2016, 06:15 AM
 
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Common sense: the streetcar is not a commuter line. Therefore, it's going to be crowded at lunchtime when people all over downtown are heading somewhere to eat. It's not going to be crowded at 5:30 pm, when people are either driving home from work or still working.
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