KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City-City Council is expected to vote Thursday on ballot language for a light rail plan for the city.
For more than 20 years Clay Chastain, an electrical engineer who has spearheaded many light rail initiatives over the past 20 years, has a new plan for KC city council.
His current plan seeks three sales taxes totaling three-quarter cents for 25 years each to help build a light rail and electric bus system from Kansas City international airport to the Cerner campus in south Kansas City and from Union Station to the Truman Sports Complex.
Thursday's city council meeting will focus on the legality of Chastain’s petition, and how money and taxes are structured. If it's good, then they could vote to put in on the ballot in November.
A different group is also waiting on a hearing regarding expanding the streetcar. This group wants to extend the street car down to 51st and Brookside, close to the UMKC campus. A court hearing for that group is scheduled for September 15. The group is gathering Thursday evening from 5-7 at the Blind Tiger on Main Street for drinks and discussion.
Ride KC is also hosting a regional transit plan public meeting Friday at Mid-America Regional Council, 600 Broadway, regarding downtown routes from 11:30 a.m., to 1 p.m.