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Kansas City residents to consider Clay Chastain's light rail plan

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A Light Rail hub design Clay Chastain promoted on his Facebook page in November 2010. (Facebook) A Light Rail hub design Clay Chastain promoted on his Facebook page in November 2010. (Facebook)

Transportation will be a key focus of the 2016 election in Kansas City. 

Activist Clay Chastain was able to get enough signatures to put a light rail system on the ballot. 

The proposal is not affiliated with the Kansas City Streetcar project and some city and local transportation groups do not support the plan. 

"We are concerned because the Streetcar has been in the news pretty constantly,” Donna Mandlebaum of the KC Streetcar said. "We aren't saying not to vote for it. It's just not a move we support."

She said the Streetcar worries voters will confuse it for an expansion of the popular mode of transit downtown. 

Chastain’s proposal would fund 40 miles of track stretching from Kansas City International Airport to Cerner’s offices. It’s estimated to cost about $2 billion. 

"All they're pushing is a Streetcar for tourists,” Chasten said. “That's not going to help someone get to a job to the airport. Cities like Minneapolis and Denver have light rails and ridership soared."

Chastain believes his plan, which diverts money from bus services, a tax hike and a federal grant, could boost the city's image.

Here’s what voters will have to say yes or no to: 

  • April 2017: 1/8 cent sales tax for 25 years
  • April 2017: 1/4 cent sales tax for 25 years
  • April 2024: 3/8 cent sales KCATA tax shift for 25 years

If it passes, the city could choose to repeal the plan for a second time. 

In 2006, voters did pass one of Chastain’s plans, but it was repealed by the city.

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