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by normalthings
Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - Loews Convention Hotel (formerly Hyatt)
Replies: 2443
Views: 193234

Re: OFFICIAL - Loews Convention Hotel (formerly Hyatt)

Too bad we won’t be able to see the city from the trench soon. ;) ;)
by normalthings
Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: UMKC Conservatory of Music considers move to downtown
Replies: 406
Views: 45893

Re: UMKC Conservatory of Music considers move to downtown

missingkc wrote:Thanks. Glad to hear it's not going to just sit empty. Does seem like a good place for another hotel.
Yes it does. :)
by normalthings
Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: UMKC Conservatory of Music considers move to downtown
Replies: 406
Views: 45893

Re: UMKC Conservatory of Music considers move to downtown

Empty Block to the east of PAC is going to be a 300+ room hotel Not sure this has been confirmed. Do we have anything solid here or just that a hotel of that size is an ideal/desired potential use? It has been confirmed as in the streetcar authority is telling people that the lot has plans to be de...
by normalthings
Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: UMKC Conservatory of Music considers move to downtown
Replies: 406
Views: 45893

Re: UMKC Conservatory of Music considers move to downtown

Maybe I've missed the answer, maybe I've even asked the question but why isn't the empty block where the ballet school was to go being talked about? Not just here but anywhere? That seems to me like the ideal place. Empty Block to the east of PAC is going to be a 300+ room hotel. The block to the s...
by normalthings
Sun Jul 08, 2018 11:50 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: KCI Flight Schedule Adjustments
Replies: 730
Views: 68734

Re: KCI Flight Schedule Adjustments

^^^ speaking of cheap fares.... Air Canada is selling MCI to Shanghai Pudong for only $99 each way plus taxes and fees. Sadly, taxes and fees are $150 each way. Still, a $500 roundtrip to Asia is very cheap IMhO.
by normalthings
Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: KCI Flight Schedule Adjustments
Replies: 730
Views: 68734

Re: KCI Flight Schedule Adjustments

^^^ there was another sale this week for $399 from all destinations in the US. Have heard Icelandair is doing great so far. An important turning point will be when school starts up again. If ridership totally plumits after that, I wouldn’t expect Icelandair to go year round. However, I would not be ...
by normalthings
Sun Jul 08, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC
Replies: 2202
Views: 170462

Re: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC

It's almost like we need immigrants to fill those jobs. Yes, unless we are able to get our society to value college in a more realistic manner. As in, the vast majority of jobs don’t really need a 4 year degree. And that trade jobs make good money with no debt attached. Millions of young American m...
by normalthings
Sun Jul 08, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC
Replies: 2202
Views: 170462

Re: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC

It's almost like we need immigrants to fill those jobs. Yes, unless we are able to get our society to value college in a more realistic manner. As in, the vast majority of jobs don’t really need a 4 year degree. And that trade jobs make good money with no debt attached. Millions of young American m...
by normalthings
Sat Jul 07, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: What route makes the most sense for a beginning Light Rail line in KC?
Replies: 39
Views: 1136

Re: What route makes the most sense for a beginning Light Rail line in KC?

Oh okay. I had heard before that we would have to go to the state for some type of approval or such. Maybe that is if we want above a 1/8th cent sales tax? Regardless, Thank-you for all of this help full information. Don't know what this approval refers to. Maybe what you're thinking of involved a ...
by normalthings
Fri Jul 06, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: What route makes the most sense for a beginning Light Rail line in KC?
Replies: 39
Views: 1136

Re: What route makes the most sense for a beginning Light Rail line in KC?

Oh okay. I had heard before that we would have to go to the state for some type of approval or such. Maybe that is if we want above a 1/8th cent sales tax? Regardless, Thank-you for all of this help full information.
by normalthings
Fri Jul 06, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: What route makes the most sense for a beginning Light Rail line in KC?
Replies: 39
Views: 1136

Re: What route makes the most sense for a beginning Light Rail line in KC?

What steps are required to create something like STL’s Metrolink? Is it essentially KCATA but with more power to raise taxes and stuff? How does their system work? Both major transit entities are cross-state compacts approved by congress. Neither entity can raise taxes. They're reliant on cities an...
by normalthings
Fri Jul 06, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: What route makes the most sense for a beginning Light Rail line in KC?
Replies: 39
Views: 1136

Re: What route makes the most sense for a beginning Light Rail line in KC?

What steps are required to create something like STL’s Metrolink? Is it essentially KCATA but with more power to raise taxes and stuff? How does their system work?
by normalthings
Fri Jul 06, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: UMKC Conservatory of Music considers move to downtown
Replies: 406
Views: 45893

Re: UMKC Conservatory of Music considers move to downtown

beautyfromashes wrote:
flyingember wrote:Was the garage designed to support a building on top?
Yep.
Doesn’t it not matter since they already have to build a new garage.
by normalthings
Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: What route makes the most sense for a beginning Light Rail line in KC?
Replies: 39
Views: 1136

Re: What route makes the most sense for a beginning Light Rail line in KC?

I am of the mindset that the city's traffic, size and (relative) lack of density are not conducive to large scale light rail, even in 20-30 years. I agree with Dave. Let's leverage the available funding to improve bus and implement BRT service when possible, and work to see what eastern spurs of th...
by normalthings
Tue Jul 03, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: What route makes the most sense for a beginning Light Rail line in KC?
Replies: 39
Views: 1136

Re: What route makes the most sense for a beginning Light Rail line in KC?

Iowa City is eveidently doing more planning than we are. They are currently doing studies on starting a commuter rail line.
by normalthings
Tue Jul 03, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: What route makes the most sense for a beginning Light Rail line in KC?
Replies: 39
Views: 1136

Re: What route makes the most sense for a beginning Light Rail line in KC?

Have you waited on a platform in a highway median? No thanks. Watkins median might be a bit wider and lush, but safe pedestrian access rules this one out for me. I'd rather wait in the highway median than along the shoulder of 71. I suspect there are ways to address getting to the platform--perhaps...
by normalthings
Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: What route makes the most sense for a beginning Light Rail line in KC?
Replies: 39
Views: 1136

Re: What route makes the most sense for a beginning Light Rail line in KC?

Have you waited on a platform in a highway median? No thanks. Watkins median might be a bit wider and lush, but safe pedestrian access rules this one out for me. IMHO. The highway median stops in Chicago aren’t that bad. I will admit that pedestrian safety would need to be looked at more in-depth b...
by normalthings
Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: What route makes the most sense for a beginning Light Rail line in KC?
Replies: 39
Views: 1136

Re: What route makes the most sense for a beginning Light Rail line in KC?

The up front cost of running wiring would be really stupid to get a train to Liberty or Olathe. But with the cost of adding platforms to existing track would be dramatically cheaper. Build up the demand to upgrade the downtown line to faster service. If people want to live far out we should provide...
by normalthings
Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: What route makes the most sense for a beginning Light Rail line in KC?
Replies: 39
Views: 1136

Re: What route makes the most sense for a beginning Light Rail line in KC?

The way Johnson County is set up its more attractive for a light rail line because its continuous in the way its built, the way Missouri is set up, its more attractive for Commuter Rail because you have a city followed by many stretches of nothing (Forest, Undeveloped Land, Farm, Rivers, etc) then ...
by normalthings
Mon Jul 02, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: What route makes the most sense for a beginning Light Rail line in KC?
Replies: 39
Views: 1136

Re: What route makes the most sense for a beginning Light Rail line in KC?

Some sort of east/west lines should happen next. Maybe a Linwood's streetcar or lr to the stadium. Some very high up private sector transit/urban planners that I work with also recommended 71 highway median. "Train to Plane": This wouldn't really work well in Kansas City. The Northland isn't remotel...