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In local transit news Austin Alonzo reports on recent developments.
Streetcar Authority Sets Hours – Discusses Smart City Integration
KCUR interview with international transit planner Jarrett Walker that the KCRTA brought in to speak at their luncheon on Oct 14, 2014. He quietly told them they need to get the bus system right before the streetcar or light rail.
Up To Date – Rethinking How To Assess Public Transit Needs
Sherri McIntyre, director of the city’s Public Works Department, and City Engineer Ralph Davis — the project managers for the 2.2-mile downtown streetcar — said there will be an update on the costs of the second phase proposal during the council’s business session at City Hall. Business sessions usually occur at 1 p.m. on Thursday, prior to the council’s legislative session.
“There will be an update on where it’s at,” Davis said.
Chris Hernandez, a spokesman for the city, confirmed the date of the presentation. He previously told the Kansas City Business Journal that Public Works Department staff would issue a full status report on contracts related to the proposal, how much money has already been spent and how much work was completed but not yet paid for.
An agenda for the upcoming business session has not yet been posted on the City Clerk’s website. Representatives of the City Clerk’s office said it will likely be posted on Wednesday morning.
Story continued here at the Kansas City Business Journal by Austin Alonzo
Saturday June 28 – KCPT Comments on Ethics Complaint and Growing Mistrust of City Hall
Wednesday June 25 – FTA: No federal requirement for door-to-door meetings
On Monday, Mayor Sly James said the work being performed by Kansas City’s Parson & Associates LLC and Scott Hall & Associates will help the city fulfill a federal requirement to incorporate an environmental assessment into the expansion routes so the city is eligible to receive federal funding.
Monday June 23 – A formal complaint has now been filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission protesting the actions of the City and Burns & McDonnell in their attempt to use our tax-payer dollars to electioneer for the TDD.
Coverage at KMBC – Critics: KC’s streetcar door-to-door campaign violates Mo. law
Wednesday June 18
Concerned about education, public safety, basic services, and all our other prized assets that are being neglected, discarded, written off, and sold off by City Officials? This video, not produced by SmartKC, but from a person called KC Lynx pretty much sums up the whole story to date. This is what citizens and neighborhoods are and have been up against. You be the judge.
MARC’s Gerend will be first director of KC Streetcar Authority
The terms of Gerend’s contract have yet to be negotiated. A release said he will leave his position at MARC and start working for the authority in mid-July, subject to entering into a contract. Gerend could not be reached for comment.
More here at the Kansas City Business Journal
Tom Gerend on Twitter
Kansas City Star Announcement – Government and Politics
Mayor Sly James was traveling from Washington, D.C., on Saturday night and could not be reached for comment. His spokeswoman, Joni Wickham, said the mayor’s office would consult with its legal team on Monday.
“Knowing they (City Council) can move money to build emergency soccer fields, they can move money on an emergency street car study, come up with all the funds in the world to look at rebuilding our airport, it’s frustrating for us” Local 42 President Michael Cambiano
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City Fire Department pumper trucks are set to shut down in June and the Firefighters’ Union says the decision will put lives in danger.
“This isn’t about jobs, it’s about public safety,” Local 42 President Michael Cambiano said. “It’s about the citizens of Westport, Plaza and Brookside having an adequate response to an emergency.”
On May 20th we reported on two ordinances introduced by Russ Johnson on May 15 and approved by the City Council on May 22. Is public safety even a priority?
- #140394 Authorizing an agreement with HDR Engineering, Inc. for approximately $3,748,000.00 for design services for the Kansas City Streetcar System Phase 2 project; and recognizing this ordinance as having an accelerated effective date.
- #140395 Authorizing a $4,300,000.00 agreement with Burns _ McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc. for design services for the Kansas City Streetcar System Phase 2 project; and recognizing this ordinance as having an accelerated effective date.
What other public safety services will be sacrificed and cut for the streetcars? The union urges residents to voice their concerns with their councilperson.
KSHB 41 – KCFD to shut down two fire companies