COPY-Petition for light rail in KC short so far

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Kansas City light rail advocate Clay Chastain is trying to get still another plan before voters.

But elections officials say that, so far, Chastain's latest petition drive is about 400 signatures short of getting on the November ballot.

The Kansas City Star reports that Chastain has submitted nearly 3,800 signatures to the election office. Officials verified about 3,100 of the signatures, but it takes 3,573 signatures for the plan to make the ballot. Chastain has about 10 days to collect the additional signatures.

Chastain has launched other light rail plans for Kansas City. In 2009, he announced a 35-mile, $2.2 billion plan that would have required several funding sources. Voters approved another of his plans in 2006, but the City Council later voted it down, saying it was unworkable.

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