In the newspaper a few days ago I read that Kansas City was going to be getting a rapid rail system. This is very exciting as I have often heard that the Kansas City metro area’s public transportation stinks. Apparently the new rapid rail system will make use of existing track, which makes the project much more affordable.
This really could mean great things for the city and certainly makes city officials promotion of the project a great reason to keep them elected (I had to throw PR in there somehow!) However, while most Jackson County officials support it (because it would provide inexpensive transportation from Oak Grove all the way to KCI Airport, and has a high number of expected ridership), some do not.
I have heard students complain about the speed of the train that comes to Warrensburg, and this would be something much better. ( A high-speed train is usually around 70 mph or higher). This “rapid rail” would mean fewer cars on the interstates, better commute times, better metrowide planning and land use, and better human health because of reduced pollution. A city planning official said it would entirely change the current discussion about someday widening I-70 to eight lanes through Independence.
Sounds like exciting stuff to me!