First, they get a voter approved light rail plan wiped of the books without a vote, then they take the temporary tax increase that was just supposed to help get the KCATA bus system off the ground and get it extended indefinitely. Now, they have gotten the federal government to hand them $2.16 million to study light rail.
Yep, they want the KCATA to study light rail. The very thing the KCATA bent over backwards to stop, calling it useless, unneeded, and a complete waste of money, is now a nice neat little source of additional revenue for the agency. Which is funny, because this is coming at a time when more than two-thirds of Kansas Citians rate the city's public transit system as less than good.
Insiders in the city tell us that the only reason the light rail plan was shot down by the council was because council members and KCATA leaders weren't the ones to put it on the ballot and getting to claim credit. The truth is most of Chastain's light rail plan borrowed heavily from the city's own plan created in the 90's. That plan was great for the city back then, but when Chastain got it passed and they didn't, suddenly it wasn't feasible.
Just another reasons Kansas Citians should be in support of our KC RISCS transportation plan.