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by DaveKCMO
Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC
Replies: 2162
Views: 162007

Re: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC

The easy answers for "build more BRT" are (a) we are and (b) we already did in this corridor... in 2005. Of course, they'll respond: "No, REAL BRT!" But everyone knows that BRT creep is a thing and nearly every US BRT project gets watered down to "less than light rail" ...
by DaveKCMO
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC
Replies: 2162
Views: 162007

Re: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC

The following is a quote from an outside Urban Planner. I guess this is good news for development in that corridor, but honestly, these street car systems are quite bad. The current route takes 16 minutes according to the schedule, for a 2.2 mile route. That's only 8.25 miles per hour. Buses probab...
by DaveKCMO
Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC
Replies: 2162
Views: 162007

Re: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC

From the Biz Journal article... Main Street Rail TDD Chairwoman Jan Marcason said it hoped to find out in January whether the project was selected for the federal funding. Plan B if no Fed funding? With a multi-year authorization (FAST Act) for the Small Starts program, we really just need to wait ...
by DaveKCMO
Tue Jun 19, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC
Replies: 2162
Views: 162007

Re: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC

Phoenix, Minneapolis, Houston, etc have light rail dedicated in center lanes, we could do that.... you can't tell me it is hard to do just because we are in America. We tried getting voter approval for that -- twice -- and both attempts failed (city hall support for it was tepid, business support n...
by DaveKCMO
Tue Jun 19, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC
Replies: 2162
Views: 162007

Re: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC

Imarealperson wrote:Ha. That’s some unintentional humor there.


I put that in quotes for a reason. The project he's advocating for is not proposed and will probably never be built.
by DaveKCMO
Tue Jun 19, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC
Replies: 2162
Views: 162007

Re: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC

Please create a "good transit" thread then. This one is for the streetcar we're actually building.
by DaveKCMO
Tue Jun 19, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC
Replies: 2162
Views: 162007

Re: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC

Boards from the public meeting: http://kcstreetcar.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/MainStExt_PublicMtg2_BoardsMaps.pdf the more I look at these designs the more I think about how much potential we are about to flush and I'm kinda angry and how shit these designs are... This design reduces traffic la...
by DaveKCMO
Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC
Replies: 2162
Views: 162007

Re: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC

The orange are high pressure sodium lighting, They provide a ton of light but are an old technology. If you’re ever curious to see the difference, drive down 75th st in PV ant night and compare those 3000k to those in Roeland Park at 4000k or so. The warmer lights are much more inviting. Lawrence i...
by DaveKCMO
Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC
Replies: 2162
Views: 162007

Re: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC

Will the expansion come with new LED street lighting like the starter line did? Also, will they use the lower Kelvin lighting? That harsh daylight blue LED lighting downtown is really bad. The lights the city installed downtown are around 5000 Kelvin, IIRC, but not sure what they would install else...
by DaveKCMO
Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: 1800 Walnut
Replies: 25
Views: 947

Re: 1800 Walnut

I don't want to be too hard on the crossroads, but it's become one of the most NIMBY urban neighborhoods. Bullshit. Again, we've not 'fought' anything like the neighborhoods made up of middle class single-family-homeowners. The last building that caused a serious NIMBY fight was the 18-story DST/Ac...
by DaveKCMO
Mon Jun 18, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: 1800 Walnut
Replies: 25
Views: 947

Re: 1800 Walnut

Some neighbors: Mainmark 12 Corrigan 10 ARTerra 12 Courtyard 10 Piper/HD Lee 10 Since I was in the room for the discussion, I can tell it was 100% about scale and not building on a parking lot. We have had very little new construction in the Crossroads, but those that have been new were received wel...
by DaveKCMO
Mon Jun 18, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC
Replies: 2162
Views: 162007

Re: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC

The election board won't release preliminary results (same stance they took for the formation vote last year). We'll know on Wednesday with everyone else.

That being said, with the known number of returns (3,500ish) and who the voters are we can easily estimate a win.
by DaveKCMO
Mon Jun 18, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: 1800 Walnut
Replies: 25
Views: 947

1800 Walnut

No images, but Copaken and an architectural firm have proposed an apartment building at 1800 Walnut. A little over 100 units, consisting of two joined "towers" about 14 stories tall (11 stories of residential atop retail + 2 story garage). Interesting architecture (reminiscent of Aqua towe...
by DaveKCMO
Sun Jun 17, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC
Replies: 2162
Views: 162007

Re: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC

"Watch" party on Wednesday evening at the new Whole Foods: https://www.facebook.com/events/1524433544335427/
by DaveKCMO
Sun Jun 17, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: Out of Town Talk
Topic: Detroit
Replies: 40
Views: 5598

Re: Detroit

Also, a short section of their streetcar is center-running:

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by DaveKCMO
Sun Jun 17, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Out of Town Talk
Topic: Detroit
Replies: 40
Views: 5598

Re: Detroit

From yesterday:

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by DaveKCMO
Sun Jun 17, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - Commerce Tower
Replies: 270
Views: 37906

Re: OFFICIAL - Commerce Tower

WoodDraw wrote:I'm out of town. If this opens up, will someone report back?


They're claiming Tuesday now.
by DaveKCMO
Fri Jun 15, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC
Replies: 2162
Views: 162007

Re: Phase 2 streetcar to UMKC

3,545 is the final count for @kcstreetcar ballots accepted before the 5pm June 12 deadline... 10% of registered voters in the TDD boundary ("turnout").

4,770 ballots were mailed & 5,044 were requested.

Certified results announced at noon June 20 at Union Station!

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