TKC EXCLUSIVE AND BREAKING NEWS!!! TRANSIT ACTIVIST CLAY CHASTAIN TOUTS LIGHT RAIL PLAN AND HIS UPCOMING KANSAS CITY COURT DATE WITH DESTINY!!!
Right now we're featuring the latest note from the last guy to win a citywide rail vote in Kansas City . . .
CLAY CHASTAIN OUTLINES THE PETITION HE HOPES WILL GET ANOTHER APPEARANCE ON THE UPCOMING KANSAS CITY BALLOT!!!
Like it or not, it's an important proposal and the way Mr. Chastain has been shut out by politicos and newspaper reveals a shocking disregard for Democracy in Kansas City . . . Check the deets:
Light Rail Hearing set for May 19th @ 10:30 - Ballot Initiative Language
A fourth light rail court hearing is set for May 19th @ 10:30 before Judge Midkiff, and we pray this judge will finally take the light rail initiative (ruled constitutional by the Missouri Supreme Court) out of the courts...where the city has held it hostage for nearly three years... and onto the ballot so the voters can decide.
Here then is the complete ballot language for the initiative...to build a citywide, multimodal light rail-based transit system (headquartered at Union Station)...Mayor James and the City Council do not want citywide voters to vote on and decide themselves:
IN ORDER TO PROVIDE THE PEOPLE A MORE GREEN, PROSPEROUS, AND TRANSIT-ORIENTED CITY shall the City of Kansas City, Missouri impose a capital improvement sales tax of 1/4% and a transportation sales tax of 1/4%, both not to exceed 25 years, beginning in 2011, to help fund the following improvements to the city's transit system:
* Construct a 22-mile light rail spine from Waldo to a Park & Ride (P&R) lot south of Kansas City International Airport...with electric shuttle service to the terminals...including stops at or near Brookside, UMKC, the Plaza, Westport, Penn Valley Park & Liberty Memorial, Union Station, the Downtown Power & Light District on Main Street, City Market, NKC, Vivion Road, Line Creek Park, and Zona Rosa generally following the Country Club right-of-way, Broadway, Main St., Burlington, North Oak Trafficway, and the Interurban right-of-way;
* Construct a 19-mile commuter rail line from south Kansas City to Union Station including stops at or near a P&R lot at Blue Ridge and Hwy. 71, a P&R lot at Blue Ridge and I-470, the Bannister redevelopment site, Swope Park, and the Truman Sports Complex generally following existing rail corridors and Truman Rd.;
* Construct an 8.5 mile streetcar line from the Kansas City Zoo to Union Station including stops at or near Medical Research Center, Citadel redevelopment site, Cleaver Blvd., Troost Ave., Hospital Hill, and Crown Center generally following the Prospect Ave., Linwood Blvd., and Gilham Road corridor;
* Construct an electric bus and bikeway feeder network that will connect to all rail stations with the bikeways separated from traffic and using where possible the grassy mediums of city boulevards; and also use the tax proceeds to finance bonds and secure federal matching funds?
Now compare that comprehensive transit vision to the city's...restricted to the central city and undemocratically administered... streetcar vision consisting of a maze of streetcars slogging about downtown streets in traffic with no service to the airport, the northland, Brookside, or south Kansas City!
Kansas City Community Activist, Clay Chastain
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