Mayor Mark Funkhouser's new proposal calls for a regional transit system spanning 119 miles, though it relies on much less light rail than some transit advocates had hoped for.
"Mayor Mark Funkhouser's office today released more details of his regional transit plan, calling for a system that covers 119 miles in Jackson, Clay and Platte counties.
But the plan calls for only 11 miles of light rail, with many more miles of bus, streetcar and commuter rail. It would be paid for in part with a ½-cent sales tax that Funkhouser hopes voters will approve in the three counties in November."
"In a letter sent to 60 area elected officials, he wrote:
"Enclosed you'll find a map and financial data for a regional transit system spanning more than 119 miles. It is a multi-modal system, utilizing light rail, modern streetcar, commuter rail, bus rapid transit and express bus service to connect Grandview, Lee's Summit, Raytown, Blue Springs, Independence, Liberty, North Kansas City, Gladstone, Parkville, the airport, the stadiums and the heart of Kansas City.""
"Here's the link to the plan: http://www.kcmo.org/mayor/transit.pdf."