Saturday, April 20, 2019
Transit Activist Clay Chastain Kansas City 'Green Transit' Petition Makes Progress
Politics and environmentalism from this town's most prolific petitioner. Take a peek:
Clay's "Green Transit" petition certified as sufficient by KCMO City Clerk and brought to council today.
The City Clerk of Kansas City certified Clay Chastain's "Green Transit" petition as sufficient of signatures to go before voters at the next regularly scheduled election. It will be presented to the council this afternoon.
Because of the Missouri Supreme Court ruling of 2014, involving Clay's light rail petition the City had delayed a vote on for 3-years, the City is now under court orders to place any valid petition from the people on the next election ballot without any legal (pre-election) challenge. This mean Sly and the City's legal department can no longer hold up a vote on a valid petition for any reason whatsoever.
However, if Sly and the City try to get slyly get around that court order by changing up the petition's language and intent (like they previously did in 2017), the committee and I will not only file an immediate lawsuit against the City, but I will also personally confront Jolie and Quinton, current council members, on the campaign trail.
It also means that if the Paseo petition is found valid, the City cannot block a vote on that petition either.
City Hall's nefarious era of jacking with valid petitions from the people, is now "Gone with the Wind."
Now from politics back to engineering:
Clay's green transit initiative seeks to replace the City's enormously wasteful, noisy, smoking and failed diesel bus system with a new quick quiet clean and electrified multi-modal transit system. It will tie the City together including express service from the airport to downtown.
Union Station will become the multi-modal transportation center for this green (all electric) and innovative (uses cost-effective rapid rail, electric buses and Greenways ((right-of-ways for transit, bicycles and pedestrian use only)) transit system. All parts of the City will be served with an emphasis on greatly improved transit for the poorest and most economically depressed areas of our City.
This is a real transit improvement initiative for the people and not an extension of the slow novelty streetcar line for tourists and developers.
Clay designed this state-of-the-art public transportation system to not only provide green alternative transportation options and reduce transportation costs, but also to provide the City a new economic catalyst and major selling point around which we can revive our City from end to end.
The world is going green. This will be Kansas City's effort to take part in that noble cause with the most up to date, affordable and innovative transit system in America. It is a transportation infrastructure improvement that's sure to garner federal funding assistance because, unlike the limited obsolete streetcar for tourists, this rapid expanded transit system will benefit all the people and generate economic development and population growth all across the City.
4th District Write-in Council Candidate, Clay Chastain
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