Controversy threatens denizens of the largest public transit agency in Kansas City and local supporters, workers and politicos are bracing for impact behind the scenes.
To wit . . .
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After comparing notes with a few locals, here’s a guide to concerns threatening the institution that keeps thousands of people rolling along local streets every day . . . For those who understand these issues, we hope that this summary demonstrates that TKC isn’t taking sides with any faction fighting for control but simply reporting the issues plaguing this organization and their associates.
There are at least a half dozen high-ranking, qualified and wicked-smart Kansas City power players who were passed over for top KCATA jobs . . . Angering this crowd is always a big mistake given that they have contacts and resources to take their concerns to the next level. KCATA hiring has been a hotbed for serious fighting over the years and this latest round looks to be worse than recent job disputes.
Another season of fear strikes the courthouse and our local lawyer friends tell us that more than a few Jackson County power players are hiring counsel in order to cope with the transit crisis and complaints underway.
To be fair . . . They’re trying to re-brand the Rock Island Corridor as more of a hiking and mountain bike path than the toy train vaporware dreams that politicos touted just last year. At the outset of this year, former politicos were cleared by Missouri Ethics officials in a beef over contracts but the role of the KCATA and other politicos in development schemes like still mostly undeveloped Rock Island have sparked more questions about the direction of our local transit agency . . .
And so . . .
All of this makes for a bumpy ride ahead as Kansas City transit enthusiasts confront controversy, political gamesmanship and employee complaint roadblocks amid a great deal of expeditious forward progress over the past few years.
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