MUST READ!!! TRANSIT ACTIVIST CLAY CHASTAIN CALLS OUT KANSAS CITY TOY TRAIN STREETCAR 'QUESTION A' FRAUD!!!
TKC NOTE: Your favorite Kansas City Transit Activist weighs in on an upcoming ballot question . . .
Clay Chastain Calls Streetcar Question A "Fraudulent"
The City's Streetcar Ballot Question "A" is fraudulent, seeks to deceive and manipulate voters on August 5th, and puts democracy on the rocks in Kansas City.
In yet another act of bad faith the City, led by Mayor Sly James and
City Councilman Russ Johnson, has placed before Kansas City voters on the August 5th ballot Streetcar Question "A" that dangles the false possibility of the City using the proposed taxes to build light rail.
Question A reads the City intends to build, "a fixed rail streetcar AND/OR LIGHT RAIL system," when in fact the City is planning, designing, budgeting, and advertising to build Kansas City a streetcar-based transit system!
There is a world of difference, including cost, between light rail and streetcars in that light rail is a train system that moves faster, has higher passenger-capacity, covers longer distances with fewer stops, and most importantly, operates in its own dedicated right-of-way separated from traffic.
In fact, Kansas City's 2001 Final Focus Transit Report recommended light rail over streetcars and bus rapid transit (BRT) as the preferred transit mode for Kansas City's future transit system.
No doubt, the City's aim is to swindle voters and capitalize on light rail's popularity (light rail was approved in Kansas City in 2006 before the City overturned that election in 2007) by falsely suggesting the voters could get light rail if they vote for the City's streetcar proposition.
So the scheming City plants the words light rail in its own streetcar ballot language to snooker voters, while completely omitting the words light rail in the City's ballot language for the people's light rail initiative slated for the upcoming November 4th ballot!!!!!
Democracy is on the rocks in Kansas City and thus I am forwarding this press release to Missouri's Secretary of State and Attorney General, as well as the President of the United States.
Meanwhile, please join me in voting against the City's underhanded Streetcar Ballot Question A next Tuesday.
Then on November 4, 2014 we will all have a chance to vote for liberty and a real citywide light rail-based multimodal transit system (headquartered at Union Station) designed to provide for the people of Kansas City a "more green, prosperous, and transit-oriented city."
Kansas City Community Activist, Clay Chastain