Believe It or Not

Spivak, Jeffrey
May 2007
Planning;May2007, Vol. 73 Issue 5, p18
Trade Publication
The article reports on the decision of city voters in Kansas City, Missouri to approve a sales tax for a 27-mile light-rail system. Moreover, the vote follows the opening of a bus rapid transit line that has just received federal funding for an expansion by a year. The transit campaign was a one-man crusade led by Clay Chastain, someone who no longer even lived in the metro area. He was an activist in light rail, accumulating thousands of signatures on citizen petitions to get it on the ballot. According to Jason Jordan, American Planning Association policy director, never before has a citizen-led petition drive for light rail succeeded in getting voter approval. Key information is presented.


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