KCMO consultants: 14-mile light rail plan rejected by Kansas City voters last year wouldn’t have qualified for federal funding

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The problems were the same old bugaboos that have haunted light rail for years in Kansas City: a lack of good population densities, inadequate policies that spur the kind development that generates riders, too much cheap parking  and our general unwillingness to approve a tax for light rail (with the exception of Clay Chastain’s repealed plan from 2006).

As a refresher, the $845 million line would have run from I-29 and Vivion Road in North Kansas City across the river through downtown to the Plaza and east to Watkins Parkway and south to 63rd street. The price for taxpayers: a three-eight cent sales tax increase.

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