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Mike Sanders to appear on KCUR at 11 a.m.

Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders will be on KCUR’s Up To Date this morning to discuss his commuter rail proposal and other county issues (charter review, elections, taxes, etc.). The show begins at 11 a.m. on 89.3 FM and is also available as a live stream. Here’s a Rapid Rail Presentation of Sanders’ PowerPoint slides, in case you want to bone up before calling in.

We’ll bet you a KCATA monthly pass that Clay Chastain will call in, given that Sanders has refused to face-off in a duel debate over the merits of each plan.

Hat tip to the new KC transit blog, Transit Action Network!

7 comments

7 Comments so far

  1. Concerned Citizen May 25th, 2010 12:20 pm
  2. G Taylor May 25th, 2010 9:31 pm

    I heard him today and I thought that its a very through proposal. One thing that I was confused about was the terminus. I heard him mention Union Station but then I also heard that it would be south of downtown and would connect with the KCATA’s streetcar system TO Union Station. Can anyone clear that up? Also my Dad who worked for the Union Pacific for 30 years brought up a good point. The proposal plans to use KCS and UP rails. The UP rails are already heavily used especially from Lee’s Summit up to downtown. Also if the terminus is Union Station then the rails around there owned by KCS also have heavy use.

  3. anonymous May 25th, 2010 9:48 pm

    ^^^^
    I thought he said it would come down truman. That would be north of Union Station. I would like to hear from some of the more engineer minded involved with the plan. That would answer a lot of these questions…

  4. ron mclinden May 26th, 2010 7:46 am

    here is video of the presentation mike sanders and jim terry (of transystems) gave to the city council on may 6:
    http://kansascity.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=4290

    and the powerpoint that jim terry used:
    http://www.jacksongov.org/filestorage/3275/rapid_rail_presentation.pdf

    i think slide 25 is a map of the proposed system. the proposal assumes that commuter rail would not be granted access to the existing kansas city terminal railway tracks past union station, so the proposed line would use truman road and other city streets to get from the blue river valley to union station. and it wouldn’t actually go to union station, but rather to a boarding facility located in what is now the freight house parking lot.

  5. Jon May 26th, 2010 11:49 am

    G. Taylor — the Lee’s Summit connection would be on the Rock Island line, which is not used currently. A better map of that line is here: http://www.marc.org/community/pdf/RockIslandPresentation081908a.pdf

    (Which is MARC’s presentation about using the Rock Island bed for a Katy Trail connection — of the two, I’d much rather see commuter rail).

  6. northlander May 31st, 2010 9:15 am

    So will the people of KC own the line,or will they need to lease part of it? If so they will need a long term lease. If so how much$$$$$.

  7. suburbanite July 3rd, 2010 12:48 am

    This actually sounds pretty good. And if you look to the near future it’s really important. I don’t know if anyone’s been watching the World Cup but there are some huge crowds. If the U.S. is selected for the 2018 or 2022 bid some of the games would be played at Arrowhead. With a good regional system spectators could stay anywhere in Jackson county and take the train to the sports complex. We’d get a lot of fares from all them. Of course that all depends on if the U.S. wins either bid.