Clay Chastain

5:03 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Clay Chastain Asks Judge To Put His Light-Rail Plan On The Ballot

Transit activist Clay Chastain talks to reporters at the Jackson County Courthouse. A judge is considering the fate of Chastain's petition to put a light-rail plan before vote.
Credit Elle Moxley / KCUR

Transit advocate Clay Chastain got his day in court Thursday, but it's still unclear if his plan to build a light-rail system will go before voters.

For three years, Chastain has been locked in a battle with city officials who say the 3/8-cent sales tax increase he's proposed isn't enough to pay for light-rail. The Missouri Supreme Court weighed in earlier this year, ruling that even if voters approved the plan, the city wouldn't have to build it.

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7:36 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Judge To Review Challenged Light-Rail Ballot Initiative This Week

Clay Chastain, a former Kansas City resident, has taken the city to court after his 2011 plan for light rail never made it on the ballot.
Credit Video frame courtesy of TV-9

Kansas City transit advocate Clay Chastain is in town this week to promote his light-rail proposal ahead of hearing that could put the issue before voters.

Chastain, a former Kansas City resident who now lives in Virginia, has for years pressured the city to build an interconnected transit system with a hub at Union Station. His idea has a lot of moving parts – light rail line to the airport, commuter rail to the southeast and streetcars to the Kansas City Zoo. And in 2011, he gathered enough signatures to put a 3/8-cent sales tax on the ballot to help pay for it.

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8:18 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

Andy Reed signs his contract as Kansas City Chiefs head coach.
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Liberty Memorial got a new designation for the nation’s World War I centennial. And a new era began for the Kansas City Chiefs. Those and other top stories of the week on the Saturday News Review.

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11:53 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Chastain Presents 'Ultimatum'

Activist Clay Chastain, shown two years ago when he announced he would again be collecting signatures for a transit ballot initiative.
Video frame courtesy of TV-9

Clay Chastain is threatening another Kansas City petition drive: this time one for a recall election.

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3:23 pm
Thu January 13, 2011

Chastain Run is Nixed: Undeterred

Kansas City, Mo. – The man who continues to goad Kansas City leadership toward a light rail system maintains he IS a viable candidate for mayor, despite the City Attorney's opinion he cannot run in the general election as a write-in.

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