Today on Up To Date the decision was about street cars and it’s always funny how this argument other means of public transportation turns into a culture gap. My personal opinion is we don’t need light rail or street cars at all, if anything come up with more metro bus routes and make it a 24 hour service. Let’s be real if the city was to go the light rail route it would have to go for 24 hours, it would make no sense to stop it by 12am. So instead of investing in that why not make more routes and have the service run 24 hours you will make your money back. Why not expand the bus routes to the surrounding areas as well. Kansas City is spread out and if you live in the city and have transportation and are unemployed that will not change because most of the jobs are outside of the city.
That won’t happen though because the talks about light rail and street cars that are happening are made to cater to those in the plaza or those downtown. Mayor Funkhouser had it right, don’t do these alternative public transportation plans for simply going from the plaza to downtown. The lady who spoke today gave off the impression there is nothing pass The River Market, downtown, Crown Center and the plaza. She totally alienated the east side of the city, with no thoughts are trying to include that part of the city. It’s fucked up the more you read and hear about what plans are made to better this city there’s always a racial underline. People don’t want light rail because of the stigma it holds as far the kinds of people who will get on and ride. Street cars have more of a the well to do, higher educated, predominately white passengers ride them vibe.
Again just put more metro buses and add routes… That would mean people would have to be around other people they wouldn’t normally be around though and there is the problem. I see it when I get on the main street MAX all the time, white people sitting on the isle seat not letting Mexicans or blacks sit beside them. As soon as the bus stops at Crown Center and more white people get on everyone seems to be more into letting people sit with them. I’ve also seen people choose to stand because they down want to sit near black and brown people. So the city is willing to invest in another kind of public transportation instead of making the one they currently have better because there shouldn’t be undesirables on the route to the River Market from the plaza? It’s funny how the show today truly said that in way too many words, and that’s why this city will always be divided.