KC Regional Transit Update

Update written by Dave Losey.

Ken, if you are inclined could you post this on your blog? And Janmarie if you are inclined could you post this on Facebook?I have recently become aware of how far the effort to regionalize the KC area transit system has gone. I had followed the effort to rebrand all buses with the Ride KC colors and logo, however, it has gone much farther as reflected by the Jan. 4, 2016 changes.

First, a little history. Up until earlier this year the K.C.A.T.A. (the Metro), Indebus (Independence), Unified Government Transit (KCK), and the JO (Johnson County Transit) were all operated separately. This meant separate routes, scheduling, fares and passes, etc. The initial effort to provide more effective and efficient service was to combine the Administrative Offices of the Metro and the JO with the JO administrative staff being eliminated. A few minor changes also occurred this year. The JO began to honor the Metro Day Pass on certain routes, we accepted IndyBus transfers, and we began accepting the UMKC Student ID as fare payment.

We (the operators of the JO service) were informed that a Regional Bus Coordinating Council was looking at fare structure, monthly pass acceptance, route efficiencies, and route expansions. We did not know the name RideKC.org. As it turns out RideKC, is the umbrella for all modes of transportation operating in the Kansas City area. The partners are MARC, K.C.A.T.A., the JO, Indybus, United Government Transit, and the Regional Bus Coordinating Council.

The Regional Transit Coordinating Council is an advisory body to MARC, Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) and local jurisdictions and convenes on a bi-monthly basis to address regional transit planning, coordination and implementation of transit priorities. The objectives of the committee is to:

  • Provide improved forum to support coordination of regional transit operations and services, planning and related transit activities;
  • Advise on technical and policy input to existing KCATA, MARC and local groups;
  • Improve alignments between federal, KCATA and MARC planning and programming requirements and processes;
  • And support governance and structural changes to the regional transit services, over time.


The representative for JOCO is Steve Klika (who is also on the KCATA Board and a member of the Board of County Commissioners. Can you say conflict of interest?)

So I am sure you would like me to get to the bottom line. The bottom line is that due to fare structure changes there will be a reduction in fare revenues for JOCO. On Jan. 4 the fare for local JO routes will go down from $2.25 to $1.50 on Jan. 4, 2016) and the JO will now accept the Metro monthly passes, the Metro 1-day pass, the Indy monthly pass and the Indy 10-ride pass. There are indications that there will be some reciprocity between agencies. In the end, however, JOCO will have a loss of revenues at a time when Mr. Klika is advocating for expanded services in JOCO.

My question is where will the money come from. Of course we all understand that there is only one source of funds for transit. That is through the confiscation of our money via taxes. As you know this last year JOCO BOCC increased the property tax mill levy in order to increase funding for Johnson County Transit. Again Mr. Klika is lobbying hard for an even greater increase in funding for transit. His vision is to see all areas of JOCO served by fixed route transit service with buses running at least every half hour. He has absolutely no qualms about increasing taxes to do so.

And for his efforts Mr. Klika received the Transit Advocate of the Year Award.


If this is not a full blown regional transit system it is a small step away. That step is the consolidating of Federal, state, and local funding. Specifically RideKC will control all transit money and will determine how and where it will be spent. I am firmly convinced that these decisions will favor KC, MO to the detriment of JOCO. By this I mean JOCO residents will pay more for transit service they do not use!

In conclusion, may I remind you that according to Agenda 21 stated objectives it is prudent to disperse the poor and underprivileged into the suburbs in order to solve the economic/crime problems of blighted inner cities. A robust transit system will play a part in this effort.

Mass Shooting Tracker

Last evening following the terrorist attack we heard politicians and commentators refer to this jihadi event as one of more than 350 “mass shootings” for 2015, more than one a day. Wow, where did this come from?

They finally shared “Mass Shooting Tracker”. http://shootingtracker.com/wiki/Mass_Shootings_in_2015

The 2015 data was in Excel format and we saved here 2015CURRENT which documented 354 “mass shooting” (involves four or more victims) events for 2015 in chronological order. We sorted by State and saved the document.

NOlathe observations:

  • Only 18.3% (65 of 354) had identified shooter(s). This implies ‘drive-by shootings’ and other gang like activities are included.
  • Top 5 States account for 35.0% with top 10 accounting for 55.9% of the total. MassByState . This analysis further shows the impact of sites ie: Chicago have on the claims made “more than one mass shooting per day”.


Ken Dunwoody


JUNE 27, 2010

Garden City: America’s future?

GARDEN CITY — Your home can be your birthplace. Or where you raise a family. Or where you bury your kin.

Kansas Representative Ryckman,
Five years ago when aggressive Kansas school funding caught our attention, we literally spent hundreds of hours researching, compiling and sharing historical data. Not used by anyone then and likely not used again. Illegal immigration is still an ugly subject to discuss openly. But we will try again in support of the time we have already spent.
For your use, information and ideas.
When we looked at the raw data available for Kansas schools, one could easily conclude that we are paying for student needs that don’t exist on paper in the legislative requests. A great deal of money is provided by Districts K-12 for required learning in languages other than English. One ELL (English Language Learner) per District requires native language employee/educator to provide the equivalent for all classes/subjects K-12 with no requirement the ELL student ever become educated in English. Kansas records show over 100 different languages taught for K-12. http://nolathe.net/2010/12/23/how-to-spend-271573451-that-you-dont-have/
Also of interest, Kansas does not refer to providing an education to children of illegal immigrants. In Kansas we educate children of “Migrant Workers”. http://nolathe.net/2010/12/26/kansas-education-dollars-and-the-grapes-of-wrath/
This also requires the School District to provide free breakfasts, free lunches, free healthcare, free before school care, free after school care, free Summer daycare, etc. http://nolathe.net/2010/12/26/kansas-education-dollars-and-the-grapes-of-wrath/
And we pay to make sure the migrant workers know about this information. http://ksmigrant.org/
Over-all impact on school funding observation: 2001-2009 Kansas student population DECREASED by 2.8% but funding INCREASED by 155.9% /nolathe.net/2010/12/28/the-kansas-oopps-moment-and-five-year-penalty/
Please do not deny that Kansas is a “sanctuary State“.

“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Anyone Who Threatens It”

Ken Dunwoody                                           GOD
Henpecked Acres                                     
One Nation
14850 W. 159th St.
Olathe, Ks. 66062

(NOlathe Note): ICLEI USA Headquarters 414 13th St., Suite 400  Oakland, CA 94612


Naomi Klein admits global warming is not about science but destroying capitalism

The Heartland Institute published a very revealing article about Leftist shock jock Naomi Klein who just published a new anti-capitalst screed entitled This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. Essentially, Ms. Klein admits that the issue of climate change (formerly known as global warming) is not about science but really about overthrowingcapitalism.

“Our economic model is at war with the Earth,” writes Klein. “We cannot change the laws of nature. But we can change our economy. Climate change is our best chance to demand and build a better world.”

The Heartland article goes on to say:

For the author, this completely boring, run-of-the-mill flight delay became a flight of fancy, inspiring her new work. This flight delay, she reasoned, was evidence of climate change. Who cares, she added, if we know that the solar cycles impact the planet, even more than CO2 emissions ever could. Science is not the point, but it makes for a great alibi. “The really inconvenient truth is that it’s not about carbon—it’s about capitalism. The convenient truth is that we can seize this existential crisis to transform our failed economic system and build something radically better,” she writes.

Another motivational moment for Klein, a single mother, happened when she was reading a children’s book to her son. The story was about a moose. She worried that the young lad would “never seen a moose” in his life. Then, reading another children’s book, this one about bats, she worried that the boy would “never see a bat.” Her overly emotional reactions to everyday things — plane delays, reading bed time stories to junior — are something that she feels must motivate us all to give up our way of life.

I am sure Ms. Klein has no problem traveling by plane, car, or train in order to promote herself or her publications. If global warming is not about science then I guess, in Klein’s mind, her promotion without regard for her carbon footprint is justified since if people like her are successful then her emissions won’t matter. Yet she has no problem enjoying all of the benefits of capitalism while condemning it in word but not deed. However, those of us on the side of civilization and reason owe people like Klein a debt of gratitude for their honesty. Naomi Klein is open about what environmentalists deny or refuse to admit and the greens probably cringe every time she opens her pathetic mouth.

Ms. Klein isn’t the first to communicate the Left’s blunt honesty about climate change. During October of last year, PJMedia posted this revealing article soon after a climate change event in Oakland, California. The article reveals a strong far Left presence at the ceremony during September 21st. Here is a video of the keynote speaker taken at the gathering:

The Last Refuge

Many people who have not followed the construct of the RNC/GOP plan as it originated (November/December 2013 – through the construction in May/June 2014 and end result in April ’15) are fundamentally misunderstanding the origin of the GOPe Roadmap to elect Jeb Bush.

Candidate Jeb Bush attends Chamber of Commerce dinner with Fox's Rupert Murdoch and Valerie Jarrett (December 2014) Candidate Jeb Bush attends Chamber of Commerce dinner with Fox’s Rupert Murdoch and Valerie Jarrett (December 2014)

More specifically, because the entire plan leads to a fundamental paradigm shift in the way the average person understands political constructs, many people just can’t accept how manipulated the entire system is.  Even some of those who now understand are still making mistakes about who the road map was designed to face as an opponent.

The original plan, as established in ’14, and delivered in ’15, evolved around Jeb Bush as the selected RNC/GOP candidate, and the ANTICIPATED opponents being Scott Walker, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul.

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Above quote from “Dorothy Furgerson, M.D., Chief Medical Officer” http://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-mar-monte/who-we-are/management-team-board

“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Anyone Who Threatens It”

Ken Dunwoody                                     GOD
Henpecked Acres                                   
One Nation
14850 W. 159th St.
Olathe, Ks. 66062

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