TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! COMPARE AND CONTRAST KANSAS CITY RAIL TRANSIT PLANS WITH ACTIVIST CLAY CHASTAIN!!!
TKC NOTE: Tonight we have a word from the only guy to ever win a city-wide rail transit election.
CHECK OUT CLAY CHASTAIN COMPARING AND CONTRASTING HIS LIGHT RAIL PLAN VS. THE CURRENT CITY HALL TOY TRAIN SCHEME!!!
Like it or not, he makes some pretty great points . . .
"The Battle of the Bulge" over Kansas City's future.
From: Community Activist Clay Chastain...January 27, 2014
"The Battle of the Bulge" looms as we await the ruling from the Missouri Supreme Court as to whether they think the city was right in shunning the democratic process and blocking the people from voting on their valid multimodal transit initiative. If the court orders the city to place the long-obstructed petition initiative before voters on either the August or November 2014 ballot, it would presummably result in a head to head competition against the City's plan (slated for both a 2014 August and November vote) asking voters to expand the City's 2.2 mile streetcar system.
ATTENTION LADIES & GENTLEMEN & INTRODUCING:
The City's streetcar transit system led by Mayor James & Councilman Johnson.
The Citizen's multimodal transit initiative led by community activist Clay Chastain.
The tale of truth about City's Trolley Plan:
* Pooh poohs the democratic process...restricts a city-wide vote.
* Is one-dimensional...just a maze of downtown trolleys running here and there.
* Promises low ridership...even Russ Johnson admits their plan is not about moving people.
* Limits economic development...this limited downtown transit system will not generate city-wide economic development.
* Is dumb de dumb dumb...offers no central hub @ Union Station.
* More folly...offers no rail transit service to the northland or KCI!
* Not likely to secure federal matching funds...for all the reasons listed above!
The tale of truth about Citizen's Multimodal Transit Initiative:
* Respects the democratic process...calls for a city-wide vote.
* Is multimodal...comprehensive transit plan includes a straight-line light rail train spine with direct service to the northland, Downtown, Union Station, the Plaza, UMKC, and points beyond; a commuter train from Union Station to south Kansas City including stops at the Truman Sports Complex and the new Cerner redevelopment complex at Bannister; an eastside streetcar line operating from Union Station to the KC Zoo (which is on its way to becoming a world class attraction); a new fleet of electric shuttle buses, an expanded bikeway network; and a multimodal regional public transportation center in the north wing of Union Station.
* City-wide redevelopment..city-wide rail system will drive city-wide redevelopment.
*Promises high ridership...commuter rail line, streetcar line, new quiet low-emmision buses, and a new bikeway network will feed the light rail spine... and vice versa... creating travel density while also generating additional business and residential density along the rail lines themselves.
* Smart...creates Multimodal Regional Public Transportation Center in Union Station's North Wing (it's a walking mall now!!) where all the rail lines will converge, including Amtrak.
* KCI connection...gives people what they want: rail service to either a new single KCI terminal or a revamped existing terminal. Aside: Imagine passing through a small replica of one of Union Station's phenominal arched windows at the end of the new airport terminal with a colorful neon sign overhead that says.....
*Welcome to Kansas City* .....
* Direct Light Rail Train Service to Downtown, Union Station, the Plaza and beyond!
Then passengers pass through this iconic gateway onto a beautiful light rail platform lined with historic lamp posts and enclosed under the stars by a stunning glass barrel roof. Then happy passengers would be wisked away at 65 mph toward downtown with only 3 short scheduled stops in the northland!!!
* Likely to secure federal matching funds...for all the above reasons.
Now voters of Kansas City....Which transit vision do you think will make a better Kansas City for the people?