Beware 'free ride' from Kansas City
The Kansas City Star
Streetcars in Kansas City will take area residents on a ride for free.
The Kansas City Streetcar Authority took that action Wednesday to make the two-mile starter line from Union Station to the River Market more attractive. The rail system could open as early as 2015.
It will follow a mail-in election this fall in which voters will decide on a new sales tax and property tax increase in a special taxing district to help finance the $100 million rail service.
Certainly letting people ride for free instead of charging a buck will make the streetcars more appealing as well as enhance pedestrian traffic and shoppers downtown. But Kansas Citians need to remember the “free” trash bags and unlimited curbside trash pickup that the city provided not that long ago.
When budgets got tight, that promise went right in the trash can.