Tuesday, June 14, 2016

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.
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21 Comments:

Anonymous said...

I guess we all really can get along!

Another Midtown Mom said...

I don't like admitting it, but this is actually well played by Clay. Now the streetcar folks should be on the defensive even if they've got thousands fewer signatures to get than Clay.

Anonymous said...

He should sue the city for being on their city hall "watch list".

Anonymous said...

Go, Clay go.

Anonymous said...

I think Clay is just fucking with Kansas City for sport at this point.

LOL

Anonymous said...

He could actually beat the Toy Train deal. Uniformed voters will go to the polls mostly just to get a I Voted sticker and read it and think, wow that sounds neat!

Anonymous said...

Uninformed voters. Which there is no shortage of.

Anonymous said...

Dave must be grabbing his battle dildos.

Anonymous said...

This is really good timing by Clay.
As there's apparently unlimited cash and bonding authority during the Sly James Show, why not get on board and cash in like everyone else.
Trains!
Gondolas!
Smart Cities!
And all for FREE!
Come on down!!

Anonymous said...

Clay's "plan" cannot qualify for federal funding because it robs the ATA tax. But unlike the streetcar OMGTOYTRAINSTOLEALLTHEMONIES!!!!, it actually does.

Anonymous said...

Do what you want, Clay, just don't come into City Hall unescorted, ya perv. The dames are sick of your leering eyes and busy hands.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Why didn't I think of this sooner. Just follow Chastain's advice on all things.

Manfodo said...

Why do I think Dave has a crush on Clay?

Anonymous said...

Shut the fuck up Clay. We'll fix the extension election as we see fit! No city wide vote!

Anonymous said...

^^Because you are a juvenile homophobe with likely justifiable insecurity issues about your masculinity.

Anonymous said...

I remember when Clay romised to "leave KC forever" after his last light rail flop.

Kind of like I remember when SMARTKC and Lyin Bryan promised to formulate a super bus plan if voters just voted the down the east side streetcar extensions.

Still waiting on both to come true.

Anonymous said...

Or Davie has a crush. The world may never know.:)

Anonymous said...

You don't need to formulate a super bus plan 1:16

It's so simple any kindergarten child could do it.

It also doesn't require blowing tens of millions of taxpayer dollars into consultants fees and study's by special interest groups either.

Anonymous said...

Tony, perhaps you missed this poll in the Business Journal

http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/pulse/poll/would-you-support-a-streetcar-expansion-from-union-station-to-umkc/19973712

Anonymous said...

Tony, perhaps you missed this poll in the Business Journal

LMAO! Right like that is any reliable indicator of public opinion!

Anonymous said...

@5:31

It's certainly much more reliable than the polls of you TKC trolls that Tony is happy to cite to us