TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY TRANSIT ACTIVIST CLAY CHASTAIN ENCOURAGES VOTERS TO SIGN BOTH KANSAS CITY LIGHT RAIL AND STREETCAR EXTENSION PETITIONS!!!
It seems that Kansas City's foremost transit activist seys dueling transit petitions actually compliment one another.
Local media recently played up these petitions and competition for one another but this TUESDAY SURPRISE CLAY CHASTAIN PRESS RELEASE REVEALS sets the record straight . . .
Here's the word . . .
Chastain...downtown streetcar system and citywide light rail system would mutually enhance each other
A citywide light rail system and a downtown streetcar system, connected together, would mutually enhance each other. They are not rival plans. The city's streetcar line is very nice, but needs a citywide light rail system connecting to it like the flower needs the rain.
A faster, bigger citywide light rail system would not only connect all of the city's major employment centers and destinations together, it would also bring riders from all areas of the city, including (eventually) the suburbs, to downtown. Once downtown, riders could connect to a smaller streetcar system (at Union Station) and then be transported to multiple destinations throughout the downtown area (City Market to the Plaza / UMKC) not directly served by light rail. A fantastic rail system with convenient rail to rail connections.
However, an isolated streetcar line, even to the Plaza, would have little transit value (in terms of getting people to jobs or serving the rest of the city, including KCI), unless it were connected to a faster more comprehensive light rail system.
What's more, we do not support streetcar proponents current plans to expand the city's downtown streetcar line to the Plaza by means of another restricted election involving a TDD (Transportation Development District).
How the city modernizes its transit system should be of concern to all citizens, not just a sprinkling of favorable voters who live along the rail route. This sneaky, undemocratic approach of restricting citywide voters from weighing in on this important urban planning decision is no way to run a railroad. We want a consensus from citywide voters on both plans so we are in a strong position to secure significant federal matching funds to help us build these two much needed and interconnected rail systems.
Therefore, I call upon the city council and mayor to place on the upcoming November ballot both the citywide light rail petition plan and the streetcar expansion plan.
I call upon Kansas City voters to approve both plans because they will enhance each other's success and the success of Kansas City.
Clay Chastain...Kansas City activist, engineer, and leader of the people's light rail initiative petition.