Clay Chastain secures enough signatures for another KC light-rail vote

Clay Chastain has secured enough signatures to send Kansas City voters to the polls for a ninth time on light rail.

Kansas City’s city clerk said this morning that Chastain turned in 3,686 signatures, 113 more than was needed to get on the ballot.

Chastain wants voters to approve a three-eighth cent sales tax to help fund a nearly $2.6 billion plan that counts heavily on money from the federal and state governments as well as philanthropic donations.

His plan also comes at a time when the region is already spending $1.8 million to study a downtown streetcar and a commuter rail network connecting downtown to the Missouri side suburbs.