Thursday, September 05, 2019
Clay Chastain Seyz Kansas City Toy Train Streetcar Is Transportation Monster
A word from a longtime friend of the blog, activist and the prolific petitioner in Kansas City history. Check his take on a rail idea back from the dead:
Clay Chastain: City leaders have created a transportation monster
Kansas City's costly, non-maintainable, non-sustainable, non-environmentally-friendly, one-dimensional, parking garage-oriented and discriminating transportation system (against minorities and lower income people) is bankrupting the City, impoverishing many of its residents and dimming its future.
Sobering fact #1. 50% of all Americans now have only $500 or less in savings. Many are transportation poor.
Sobering fact #2. According to a 2019 AAA study, the average cost (excluding environmental destruction) of owning, operating and maintaining an automobile is $11,000.00 per year! (The average transit pass is $1,000.00 per year!)
Sobering fact #3. Pot hole-strewn, bridge-crumbling KC can no longer maintain its overused and vast road system.
Sobering fact #4. KC's alternative to the car (if you can't afford one or can't drive) is an ineffective, stigmatized, polluting and outdated diesel bus system. Only 7% of residents find it useful yet it cost taxpayers $100 million a year. Uber is not the answer either. It clogs roads, is pricey and you rely on a total stranger.
Sobering fact #5. The earth is steaming up fast due to excessive emissions from cars and power plants.
So what is City Hall doing to meet this gargantuan crisis? Extending a novelty slow-moving streetcar line to the Plaza and building more tax-abated and car-oriented glitzy projects complemented by huge concrete parking garages.
Now you know why Clay Chastain feels the need to assist his home town by designing a "Modern Citywide Transit System" that would be attractive to all, reduce transportation costs, lower CO2 emissions, take pressure off our road system and make Kansas City a better place to live.
City Hall just refused to place a valid transit-improving petition on the November ballot. That self-serving action of bad faith killed the hopes of that petition. But, it won't kill our cause. Please sign and support the new petition currently being circulated that will build our City the one thing it is desperately missing....a rapid, modern, citywide, emission-free, free to use and solar-powered public transportation system. It will be the first of its kind in the United States and will transform Kansas City into what it once was - a thriving, livable and transit-oriented City.
KC community activist (and electrical engineer) Clay Chastain.
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