I was going to use today's post to talk about seeing Cinematic Titanic. But it's not a good story and I was overall disappointed in the experience so instead I decided to talk about this stupid light rail initiative in KC that just won't die.
I've always been against the light rail because even as a kid it has always been obvious that the planners just aren't thinking logically. The plans for light rail have never been presented in any workable fashion for this city. I'm all for alternative transportation as you should know by now, but I want alternative transportation that works and not some stupid experiment that can't even get the buy-in of the neighborhoods where it's supposed to be.
What pisses me off the most about it is proponents using the argument that KC is supposedly behind the times because "every other city this size has one." I'm not in the habit of keeping up with the Joneses and my city doesn't need to either. It needs solutions that will work for the people who live HERE not the people who live in other cities.
There's a ton of money behind getting this through and there will be a ton more thrown at it if it passes, but I think we could be much smarter about our spending. Here's what I'd rather see us spend money on instead:
- Fixing the city streets and bridges, especially the pot holes
- Creating more pedestrian and bicycle-friendly bridges and streets
- Improving the current transit system with more fuel efficient buses and adding bus routes
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