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One KC Transit & State Avenue Meetings

Another round of MARC's "One KC" citizen engagement meetings focused on transit will be held this week. Users and non-users of transit are welcome.

6:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 1
Central Resource Library
9875 W. 87th St. [map]
Overland Park, KS

6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 2
Blue Valley Library
9000 W. 151st St. [map]
Overland Park, KS

6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 4
Olathe Library
201 E. Park St. [map]
Olathe, KS

Yet another round will take place next week on the Missouri side (see the full schedule for details). Also of note next week, the first public meeting surrounding transit improvements in the State Avenue corridor in KCK:

5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9
Reardon Center
520 Minnesota [map]
Kansas City, KS

Expect talk to lean towards a BRT implementation along the existing #114 bus route, but hopefully extended to downtown KCMO and beyond to boost ridership from outside of KCK's boundaries (like the SmartMoves yellow line).

6 Comments so far

  1. Kyle October 2nd, 2007 10:01 am

    See that is where you are wrong Crasho and that mentality is part of what is keeping this from becoming reality.
    There are many of us JOCO Mofos who would be willing to fund a portion of the line. Say from Gardner to Union Station or from Legends to Union Station. Then have additional lines (KC MO, NKC, Independence funded) from the US to the Zona Rosa/airport, Sports Complex, Hospital Hill and other destinations become available.
    What we need to do is stop playing tit-for-tat and get someone with enough courage to stand up and get something done.

  2. northlander October 2nd, 2007 6:33 pm

    My bet is Kansas Legends or Metcalf will have something before Might Mo get out of the gate. If the casino goes in at Legends look out Kansas City, they will only need a one or two mile route for streetcars,or Light Rail to gor around Lengends and the race track,and add on as they grow.

  3. Kyle October 3rd, 2007 9:07 am

    “union station is the absolute worst place to have any transit crossroads. not only is the station itself run poorly, but those who run it haven’t a clue as to how to handle daily crowds, assuming there will be any, much less occasional ones as was the case with “the dead sea scrolls.”

    See that’s the great think about management, it can be replaced. Union station has at least the potential of becoming what it was intended to be, a transit hub. As for Mofos, that was an affectionate name that we picked up with By-State II when Jackson county didn’t want to give up the first day privilege that they so desperately needed to get Chiefs tickets to scalp to us. And Yes, many of us commonly refer to ourselves as Joco MoFos, and believe it or not, there are some middle of the road folks down here who don’t get all bent out of shape on a word.

  4. Kyle October 3rd, 2007 4:30 pm

    So let me get this strait, you want to criticize my little moniker as unprofessional and immature while calling the rest of my statement BS? A little hypocritical don’t ya think.

    Now back to the subject at hand, Yes I agree that the Jo adds very little ridership and with smart moves, it will add a little more. However, if there were a commuter rail line that connected to the KCMO light rail line, oh maybe with a dual purpose Bombardier FLEXITY Link, I think ridership would be more than you think. Yes it would be less than Troost but believe it or not, we do have people who go down town daily, listen to any radio or TV traffic report and see how many times they say Slow on N/S bount I35 south of DT.

    On another positive note, down town today I went over the new Oak St. bride by the Sprint Center, crews all over down town repaving, look’n nice!

  5. northlander October 3rd, 2007 4:34 pm

    So streetcars could run on State Ave all the way to the Kansas Speedway and solve the problems of employment for those who need jobs

  6. Kyle October 3rd, 2007 5:20 pm

    Na, just have some run from the Airport to Village west and we can do away with all of the taxis and busses at the Airport. Kidding, but seriously, to fix any of the problems, it needs to be inclusive of all parts of the city- good and bad, rich and not so rich. even if paid for sperately. If we focus on only one, the other will cause failure.

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