Tuesday, January 30, 2018
TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! CLAY CHASTAIN TOUTS KANSAS CITY GONDOLAS AGAIN!!!
Here's the latest transportation petition initiative from Kansas City's most prolific gatherer of voter signatures. This time around, he's bringing back his proposal for aerial gondolas that were approved by voters nearly a decade ago but ultimately struck down without a voter funding mechanism by City Hall.
You decide . . .
CLAY CHASTAIN: CAMPAIGN FOR 2018 PETITION TO REVITALIZE KANSAS CITY AROUND CITYWIDE "GREEN TRANSIT SYSTEM," STARTS TODAY
Kansas City is now blanketed in a blizzard of public distrust, inept leadership, scandals and dumbfounding political confusion. It has blocked our way forward.
The 2018 Petition Initiative to build Kansas City a new Citywide "Green Transit System" will blow away this depressed state and give the people something to revitalize the City and their hopes around. And, it is just what destiny ordered in that...not only is this politically pure transit initiative needed and from and for the people, but it will also change the face of Kansas City, its quality of life and its fortunes by placing in the community's hands an edifying road map designed to lead this City to its long-awaited destiny as "the City Beautiful."
And unlike our dishonest-acting Mayor and his cohorts (the City's dubious-acting legal department) who would purposely mislead and seek to confuse voters (concerning previous transit petitions from the people), the following detailed petition ballot language is designed to make crystal clear what is being asked of the voters.
So, assuming Mayor Sly James and the City's legal department do not try, yet again, to deliberately deceive voters by changing the meaning and intent of a valid transit petition from the people (in order to manipulate the outcome of a Kansas City election), here is Kansas City's grassroots Plan of the Century voters will be asked to approve in November:
PETITION TO REVITALIZE KANSAS CITY AROUND CITYWIDE “GREEN TRANSIT SYSTEM”
We the undersigned voters and citizens of Kansas City, Mo. hereby petition the City Council of Kansas City, Mo. to adopt the ordinance printed in full on the reverse side hereof and provide for submission of the following proposal to the voters of Kansas City, Mo. on the next available election date as may be provided by law:
Shall the City of Kansas City continue a 3/8-cent sales tax (currently used to partly fund the city’s diesel bus-based transit system) for 25-years to fund instead the construction, operation and maintenance of the following citywide “Green Transit System” (quiet, efficient and zero-emission):
1. “KC Smart Rail” (high-performance streetcars operating in… transit / cycling / walking “Greenway” corridor separated from traffic) beginning @ Union Station and ending @ the KC Zoo & Starlight Theatre with additional stops @…IRS Center, a new rejuvenated Penn Valley Park (Greenway displaces all vehicular traffic in new open green space park), Uptown Theatre, Westport, the Plaza, Nelson Art Gallery, UMKC, Rockhurst University @ Troost Ave. (Greenway displaces Troost roadway from 50th to Meyer), Brookside Neighborhood @ Troost and Research Medical Center @ Meyer Blvd. with the Greenway sharing road space with Pershing, Broadway, Rockhill, E. 50th, Starlight, Zoo and the medians of Cleaver & Meyer Blvd’s.; and
2. “KC Virtual Rail” (bus/train – like vehicle operating in dedicated lane with re-chargeable electric powertrain, tires and self-guidance system) beginning at Kansas City International Airport and ending @ Arrowhead Stadium (Park & Ride) & the Rock Island Rail Right-of-Way with additional stops @…Zona Rosa, Line Creek & the Interurban Right-of-Way, Vivion @ N. Oak, Burlington @ Armour, Sprint Center, Union Station, Children’s Mercy Hospital & Hallmark Cards @ Gilham, Costco @ Gilham, Hyde Park Neighborhood @ Armour Blvd., the eastside @ Prospect & Armour and the Veteran’s Medical Center @ Armour Blvd.; and
3. “KC Electric Buses” transport riders to “Rail” stations, autonomous (driverless) shuttle buses transport riders from “Rail” stations to their final (nearby) destinations and two non-stop express bus lines transport riders between KCI & Sprint Center and between Sprint Center & the Cerner Employment Center @ Bannister; and
4. “KC Urban Flyer” (fully-automated aerial gondolas) transport riders between the Downtown Convention Center / Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts / Union Station / Liberty Memorial and Penn Valley Park; and
Additionally, shall the City use the same 3/8-cent sales tax (before it expires) to begin funding the bus-oriented improvements outlined in the “Green Transit System,” and with the tax measure to finance bonds and secure federal transit and infrastructure improvement funds?