Why does the Kansas City region fail to qualify for significant federal dollars for most large rail projects, including going the airport? Why can’t Kansas City pay for most big rail projects by itself? What should we do to change the situation? Janet Rogers, co-founder of Transit Action Network discusses the underlying problems we have paying for rail projects with Mark McDowell, a specialist in Finance, a long-term transit advocate working closely with Transit Action Network, and founding member and past Chair of the Kansas City Regional Transit Alliance, and Dick Jarrold, Vice-President of Regional Planning and Development at KCATA and former Regional Engineer for the Federal Transit Administration during the design and construction of the initial St. Louis MetroLink project.
A Dose of Reality: Challenges In Paying For Rail in the Kansas City RegionDan Connolly