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New Chastain petition drive starts Monday

After a failed attempt at working directly with the Parks Board, Clay Chastain is starting another light rail petition initiative. He will be gathering signatures from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at Union Station. Laugh if you must, but Chastain is the only person who’s actually doing something about light rail right now. What better way to keep the city’s feet to the fire than sign the petition again?

No gondolas this time — which we feel was a pretty good idea… ever walked from Union Station to Liberty Memorial? Yeah, didn’t think so — but the electric buses are back, fueled this time by wind turbines on the riverfront. And if you think that’s koo-koo, check out Oklahoma City’s plan again.

And even though the Missouri Court of Appeals struck down Chastain’s legal challenge from the last initiative, he’s still threatening to take that one to the Missouri Supreme Court.

10 comments

10 Comments so far

  1. ron mclinden May 21st, 2009 11:20 am

    i thought clay promised to work within the system. working within the system means talking with marc and the transit operators to come up with a workable plan, not trying to sell his concept to the board of parks and recreation commissioners.

  2. northlander May 22nd, 2009 5:11 pm

    I thought he would go home after it failed.

  3. Casey May 26th, 2009 10:23 pm

    I want light rail as much as anyone, but Chastain is our worst enemy.

  4. K May 28th, 2009 8:31 am

    Has anyone actually seen this new proposal or did it get blasted when people saw the author?

  5. jeremy June 1st, 2009 11:33 am

    I can’t believe they keep putting the zoo in plans. We need to focus on MCI through downtown into the plaza and have branches that go out from there. Would be nice to get down to Olathe, the ball parks and Legends where there will soon be a casino and schlitterbaun. I bet those mega companies would kick in some major cash to get people a direct ride out there.

    Another idea is to put a roof over the rail system that is covered in solar panels. It would be generating a lot of energy during sunny days. That could all be pumped into the city’s electric system and they could get an energy credit for anything extra that is pumped into the grid.

  6. Kevin June 1st, 2009 12:30 pm

    I’m not sure why everyone always lists the airport as a must do

    New York City does not have subway access to LaGuardia- just bus. JFK has an independent rail system connecting to the subway system

    Boston’s has a line less a mile away and you have to transfer by bus

    Washington DC is just building their airport connection after 30 years

  7. Capt. Spaulding June 4th, 2009 12:08 pm

    I’m bringing a vanload to sign the damn thing- mostly as an “in-your-face” to the City Council and their damn convention hotel and TIF obsession!

  8. Ed June 9th, 2009 9:34 pm

    If there were one tenth the enthusiasm for riding the bus as there “supposedly” is for riding the train I’d think people would actually ride it.

    I just don’t believe that many people in KC will walk/drive to the train and then walk the rest of the way to their destination. That’s what poor people in KC do. Not people who can afford cars. But what the heck, it’s only a billion dollars.

  9. northlander June 10th, 2009 5:46 am

    If you think being $85 million in debt is bad for the City just wait and see how bad it is with Light Rail.
    Heaven knows that with just 20,000 riders and a billion dollar price tag more jobs will be cut.

  10. northlander June 11th, 2009 10:52 pm

    Looks like Oklahoma want Streetcars as well.