Lewis Diuguid

June 18, 2014

Streetcar blues ahead for Kansas City

Once the 2.2-mile system is running, authorities will have additional challenges with impatient motorists wanting to get ahead of the streetcars, making right or left turns in front of them and doing other risk-taking. There are bound to be a lot of dented fenders and snarled traffic.

The streetcars planned for downtown Kansas City are bound to challenge area drivers and residents on parking and when to yield the right of way to the glass and steel newcomers.

The city reports that it plans to get tough on parking enforcement during the track construction period. Good luck with that.

Motorists aren’t happy already with the parking hassles downtown and aggressive parking control officers. But it is important to ease folks into the troubled waters ahead of the streetcars actually hitting the tracks late next year.

Once the 2.2-mile system is running, authorities will have additional challenges with impatient motorists wanting to get ahead of the streetcars, making right or left turns in front of them and doing other risk-taking. There are bound to be a lot of dented fenders and snarled traffic.

Overall it will be better for motorists to take the roads that streetcars don’t use or just walk or bike downtown.

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