TKC MUST READ!!! KANSAS CITY LIGHT RAIL ACTIVIST CLAY CHASTAIN BATTLES STREETCAR DUDE DAVID JOHNSON OVER COMPETING RAIL TRANSIT EFFORTS!!!
After a controversial interview, Kansas City's longtime light rail activist fires back at the champion of the streetcar in a contest betwixt to completely different but competing KCMO rail transit initiatives. Here's the word . . .
Elite's David Johnson calls activist Clay Chastain's light rail plan a 'Fantasy." Is it?
Last Friday David Johnson, RTA honcho, elitist, and streetcar advocate, told public radio listeners on "Up to Date" with Steve Kraske that Light Rail Ballot Question #3 is a "Fantasy." Is it?
Establishment player and non-engineer Johnson said the proposed 40-mile citywide light rail system would cost $100 million per mile, not the $45 million per mile I claim.
Now we are all ignorant, just on different subjects. Johnson proved transit design is one of his.
Fact check: There are light rail systems around the country that are costing even more than $100 million per mile due to extreme design requirements like having to... tunnel, tear down buildings, construct new bridges to cross rivers, elevate large sections of track, tear up and then have to reconstruct too many miles of city streets and underground utilities, and designing in too many expensive and unnecessary rail stations.
Light Rail Question # 3 avoids all of those money pits. The light rail route's innovative design takes advantage of Kansas City's inherent assets...existing right-of ways, park land, and the grassy medians of city boulevards...to enable the construction cost per mile to be kept within reason. What's more, this cost-cutting design saves tons more by limiting the number of expensive rail stations required.
And there is proof it can be done: (1) Charlotte's 2008 Light Rail Blue Line was constructed for $47 million per mile. (2) Norfolk's 2012 light rail system, called "The Tide," came in at $43 million per mile!
Kansas City's elite, who have opposed every light rail measure that has ever been on the ballot, are trying to scare and mislead the public by citing to the worst case light rail systems.
And by the way, the only "Fantasy" going on in Kansas City is the elite's notion that their downtown streetcar line for tourists is improving Kansas City's pathetic public transportation system and helping the working man get to a job!
Please support a more green, prosperous and transit-oriented future for Kansas City by voting
'Yes' for Light Rail Ballot Question #3 November 8.
Kansas City Community Activist Clay Chastain...Degree electrical engineer, designer and leader of the people's light rail ballot initiative, and the only leader to ever win a citywide light rail election.
You decide . . .