NKC approves 1/2-cent light rail sales tax

The North Kansas City City Council approved a 1/2-cent light rail sales tax for the November ballot. It now awaits approval from a Clay County judge — expected next month — since it involves creation of a special transportation district. The Star has more detail here. The 25-year tax is expected to generate $1.6 million a year.


12 Comments so far

  1. Jeremiah September 10th, 2008 3:46 pm

    I’m finding more and more reasons to move to KC every day. Very nice. I hope you voters will show up in force to get this passed.

  2. mortimas September 10th, 2008 8:35 pm

    too bad that there are only 12 residents in NKC….

  3. mortimas September 10th, 2008 8:35 pm

    Every little bit counts though

  4. Dave September 10th, 2008 9:37 pm

    actually, it’s about 4,700 and serves as a vital 2-mile link between KCMO that’s south of the river and the rest that’s north of the river.

  5. northlander September 13th, 2008 6:00 am

    Let’s see if 1% of the people ride from N.K.C. that’s 47 more passenger for Light Rail for a $120 million. Don’t think the people know what they are getting into.
    Need to have a debate on what city services will be cut back, and better ways for transit.

  6. Dave September 13th, 2008 7:42 am

    again, both the NKC and KCMO sales taxes are dedicated for transit. no city services will be affected since transit will not compete for general fund dollars (as it does in NKC today).

  7. Jon September 13th, 2008 12:35 pm

    The “1% rule” for transit is an average for the US and includes many regions not even served by transit. Look specifically at a corridor with rapid, reliable transit and you find the share of trips to be 30% or more for transit and an equal amount for walking/cycling.

    $1.6M is vey little but it is needed to connect the northern K.C. neighborhoods with downtown and the central corridor. It is a positive step.

  8. Jeremiah September 15th, 2008 9:33 am

    It is a VERY positive step. A 1/2 cent tax is NOTHING. You won’t even notice it in your daily life. But it will provide the necessary funds to implement the start of a mass transit system that will actually serve the community and connect people with other neighborhoods without the need of a car. This is a HUGE step in the right direction. Hell, it’s one of the main reasons that I’m even moving to KC.
    If you want to look at cities for ridership stats, look at NYC, or DC, or Chicago, or Charlotte, NC, or any number of other cities who have recently taken the same initial steps toward a less car dependent society. You should all have BIG S%^T EATING GRINS on your faces right now. I know I would if my idiot city council was pushing this through on our ballot.

  9. northlander September 16th, 2008 11:31 pm

    Didn’t Chicago go $50 million in the Red,NYC has some LR only going 5mph because of poor maintenance,Charlotte not doing well money wise. With water & sewer problems ahead KC will be in more than $80 in the red in a few years. Without the help of the feds a six mile track won’t get it.

  10. Jeremiah September 17th, 2008 8:07 am

    name me one city in america that isn’t “in the red”. the entire country is “in the red”. I’m sorry, but that is not reason enough to continue to clog our roadways with more single passenger cars. I don’t care how you “fiscally” slice it. Mass transit is good business. period.

  11. northlander September 17th, 2008 8:32 pm

    Not when you lose city services that people need,and the cost might be to much for the low income riders. Looks like you just whan to do it because someone else did. Streetcars can do the same thing as LR but at a cheaper cost ,and with more miles,and faster installation time. This is just a spend all for some people,to say look wht we got. If feds don’t come up with the money we won’t have much. We could do streetcars without the feds help.

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