Wednesday, November 16, 2016
TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! TRANSIT ACTIVIST CLAY CHASTAIN PRESENTS HIS LATEST LOCAL RAIL PLAN: SPEEDY STREETCAR EXPANSION!!!
Here's the latest from our favorite Kansas City transit activist and his new plan which puts him in direct competition with the current scheme from streetcar supporters . . .
Clay Chastain: Final petition language for new rapid citywide streetcar plan (initiative) & estimated budget
To the Kansas City Community,
One cannot fake out the reality that 59% of the voters and the entire Kansas City establishment did not support Light Rail Question #3. Since I promised not to bring another light rail initiative, it was back to my drawing board (kitchen table) to see if there was another way forward to improve the city's ineffective transit system and use that improved transit system as a catalyst for job creation, investments and economic development. And if the city's 2.2-mile streetcar line can create all the economic development supporters claim it already has, then imagine what a 28-mile citywide streetcar system could do to make Kansas City boom?
Therefore, Plan B seeks to build a transit mountain upon the city's 2.2-mile downtown streetcar system. This requires expanding it's foundation (going citywide with a 28-mile new system) as well as transforming the way in which it now operates (streetcars can travel up to 45 mph if conditions allow, and with fewer stops and dedicated right-of-ways separated from traffic, the streetcar can become a rapid rail system.
My design will turn the city's streetcar system into a transit system useful to everyone, especially the working man, and not just one for tourists and limited economic development. Plan B enables the city to still enjoy and benefit from a sustainable, efficient and convenient rail system at far less cost than the bigger higher capacity light rail system.
It would be nice if the leader of our city, Mayor Sly James, who said he was "the streetcars biggest fan," would lead the city council in getting behind this phenomenal public transportation improvement plan. I know he also said in the Star (when referring to why the city does not want to work together with me on transit) that "when you've burned your bridges (referring to me), you've burned your bridges." Let me gently remind the Mayor and this city council that it was Sly James and the previous city council that set fire to those bridges when they blocked a vote on my 2011 valid light rail petition, and then 3-years later sabotaged the ballot language (leaving out the light rail plan so it would fail) after the Missouri Supreme Court ordered the City to place that plan before Kansas City voters.
Why not rebuild those bridges Mayor Sly James, for the good of the city? After all, wasn't it you who claimed to be "the great facilitator" when you first ran for Mayor? Or was that just empty braggadocio?
Here then (see attachment) is Plan B....Kansas City's Splendor in the Rails...
Kansas City Community Activist Clay Chastain