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Mon June 2, 2008
Mayor Funkhouser's Plan for Regional Transit
By Susan Wilson, Sylvia Maria Gross and Eugenio Taboada
Kansas City, MO – This week, Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser presented a regional transit plan to serve Jackson, Platte and Cass counties. The plan would include light rail, streetcars, commuter rail, BRT and express bus service. It would cost roughly 1.2 billion dollars and would be funded by a 15 year tri-county cent sales tax, in addition to matching federal funds. A couple dozen leaders from the three Missouri counties met in Raytown on Friday to discuss the plan . . . many questioned whether they could garner enough voter support by November. But they set up some exploratory committees and plan to meet again on June 20.
For another perspective on the latest plans for public transit in Kansas City, KCUR's Susan Wilson spoke to architect Kite Singleton, who's on the executive committee of the Regional Transit Alliance. He's been thinking about public transportation in Kansas City for more than 40 years.
You can download the Mayor's transit plan and poll results here.