Once again the bus takes a hit in favor of Kansas City’s fixed rail obsession.
Behind the scenes, as the streetcar hours are extended over the weekend . . . Main Street and urban core bus service is cut back.
The juxtaposition is kinda scary and reminds us of the inequality of bus vs. streetcar transit i.e. the bus is for minorities and working poor whilst hipsters and the “creative class” are encouraged to ride the streetcar.
One KICK-ASS KANSAS CITY INSIDER put it this way: “Of course they’re going to scale back the Main Street Max . . . What sense does that make, having two mass transit vehicles riding right next to one another. I guess Black people could ride one and then the hipster white could ride the other. But that’s kind of obvious. Instead, they’ll do what they’ve always done. Take away bus service slowly and hope that they can manufacture demand just like they’re rigging this vote.”
And so, before the election results are final . . . We’re seeing contradiction in action. Kansas City is cutting back bus service on Main Street while touting the benefits of the toy train streetcar that goes the EXACT SAME DIRECTION . . . Only slower.
Developing . . .