Kansas City Regional Light Rail Should Be Scaled Down

<p>This editorial from <em>The Kansas City Star</em> argues that Mayor Mark Funkhouser's plan to create a regional light rail system may be too ambitious, and efforts should be focused on building a smaller system.</p>
February 10, 2008, 9am PST | Nate Berg
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"In politics a common admonition advises: Don't let the perfect drive out the good. Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser is in danger of violating that principle with his proposal for a regional light-rail network."

"In a meeting today, Funkhouser will attempt to sell area mayors on a five-county light-rail transit district funded by a half-cent sales tax. The proposed entity would hire staff and consultants to plan the rail system."

"Funkhouser envisions up to 80 miles of tracks at a cost of more than $4 billion. It would be improbably large, bordering on humongous."

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Published on Friday, February 8, 2008 in The Kansas City Star
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