People are really in a positive mood about this Friday’s opening of Kansas City’s new streetcar line.
That’s the bottom line of the results of this week’s Monday Poll, based on 700 responses.
One of the key findings: Readers already want to expand the system, even before the first passengers take the 2.2-mile trip between Union Station and the River Market.
But another finding is that, even with this new form of public transit, Kansas City overwhelmingly will remain a car-friendly city.
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1. The streetcar has been and will be a huge waste of public funds.
Agree strongly 23%
Disagree strongly 52%
2. The streetcar line provides important support for downtown redevelopment of housing, offices and retail.
Agree strongly 52%
Disagree strongly 14%
3. Kansas City is and will always be a car-friendly city, even if the streetcar succeeds.
Agree strongly 35%
Disagree strongly 3%
4. Streetcar supporters should move quickly to expand the system toward the Country Club Plaza.
Agree strongly 61%
Disagree strongly 16%