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KC metro rail plan unveiled

May 29, 2008


— Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser has unveiled a $1.2 billion rail-transit plan for the metro region.

The plan includes five types of transit services, including light rail and modern streetcars through downtown and a commuter train service for suburbs.

Funkhouser has been calling for regional mass transit, and the plan released Tuesday maps out new details of his idea. The plan affects a dozen suburbs on the Missouri side of the metropolitan area, but it excludes the Kansas side because authorizing legislation exists only in Missouri. Mayors in the Johnson County, Kan., suburbs have shown little interest for a transit tax.

Funkhouser is trying to get ballot measures passed in Jackson, Clay and Platte counties for a half-cent sales tax increase that would help fund the transit system.

He is scheduled to meet with other metro-area mayors and county officials Friday. Although a poll in the three Missouri counties showed that people would support a half-cent sales tax for mass transit, the questions did not include the specifics of Funkhouser's plan.

If the regional concept doesn't get enough support, Kansas City officials are prepared to ask voters in November to decide on a city-only light-rail starter route.


SettingTheRecordStraight 10 years ago


Have you read 1029's description of me? Compare it to what I wrote and then rethink what you've written.

Oh, and how about my argument about voters who don't pay taxes voting in favor of government projects that other people have to shell out big bucks for? Care to respond to my origninal comments?

SettingTheRecordStraight 10 years ago

acoupstick, Voters who pay little or no taxes will vote every time for others to pay for things they want. That's why liberalism doesn't work as a economic philosophy.

SettingTheRecordStraight 10 years ago

What a waste. Tax payers, prepare to open your wallets.

SettingTheRecordStraight 10 years ago

1029,Are you suggsting that higher taxes correspond to more "progress"? If so, how do you figure. Nice cheap-shot stereotype, btw.

dirkleisure 10 years ago

It is pretty obvious your second comment, when you were busted on your by-the-book "taxpayers open your wallets" comment, was about your impressions of the economic make-up of the KCMO voters. You've got quite a few of them pegged as "paying little or no taxes," eh?Gee, I wonder who you have in mind with that comment. Hmmmm. 9 out of 10 rational people would see it as a cheapshot stereotype of residents of Kansas City, MO.Either that or you just chose to make no sense at all. You can throw it back at me all you want, but you're the one who decided a bunch of KCMO voters approved a tax because, hey, "those people" don't pay much in the way of taxes anyway!

Boston_Corbett 10 years ago

Cool. If a lil' ole utility bill from Westar has your dander up, you don't want to worry your little head about this.Besides, Kansas had the opportunity to play, and told Missouri to go stick it.

dirkleisure 10 years ago

Cheapshot sterotype, STRS?SettingTheRecordStraight (Anonymous) says:What a waste. Tax payers, prepare to open your wallets.---Anonymous userSettingTheRecordStraight (Anonymous) says:Voters who pay little or no taxes will vote every time for others to pay for things they want. That's why liberalism doesn't work as a economic philosophy.-----And what color are you, Mr. Pot?

acoupstick 10 years ago

The taxpayers must see it as a worthwhile expense, STRS, having already voted in support of light rail paid for with their tax dollars.

acoupstick 10 years ago

"Voters who pay little or no taxes will vote every time for others to pay for things they want. That's why liberalism doesn't work as a economic philosophy."Apparently, you don't believe democracy works as a political philosophy either.

1029 10 years ago

Yeah, screw taxes! Taxes are good for nothing! I'm an anti-progress, anti-reality republican! i have my house on the fringes of Lawrence and i have my own vehicle to get me to church and wherever else i need to go! So yeah, prepare to open your wallets, Kansas Citians! Only losers don't have cars!

Boston_Corbett 10 years ago

Marion, surely you jest. Those two are not buds. And Chastain's best friend is in his mirror.

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