As much as Clay Chastain wants light rail to start now in Kansas City, there's no money for it in President Bush's new 2008 transportation budget.
But all is not lost -- at least for buses.
The president is recommending $6.3 million for a new rapid bus line similar to the MAX for Troost Avenue. The MAX line now runs from the Plaza to downtown in about 18 to 19 minutes compared to 25 minutes for a typical bus.
Bush's request, if approved by Congress, would give the Kansas City bus system about $18 million for the $30 million project, which would serve the city's busiest bus corridor.
But whether the new express line happens or not remains in question since the bus system will lose 40 percent of its money to pay for light rail beginning in 2009.
Ideally, plans call for starting the new bus line at the end or 2009 or early 2010. Stay tuned...
Posted by Brad Cooper