A Million Stories, One Metro

The Metro asked riders to share their experiences and memories of riding The Metro and MAX. We’ve traveled throughout the area and filmed their stories, in their own words.  From seeing the sights to saving on gasoline, Metro riders had a lot to say!

Now you can hear some of their stories in this video.

 

About KCATA

In addition to providing high quality transit services, the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority is an employer as well as a partner of business and other community organizations. In this section, you can learn more about the future of transit in the Kansas City metropolitan area, as well as information on business opportunities available with The Metro. You also can view job postings and download the necessary job application information.

About KCATA Procurement

NOTICE: To learn about the Public Hearing regarding KCATA's DBE Goal for 2015-2017, see the notice on this page.

The KCATA Procurement Department purchases goods and services required by KCATA. Current Opportunities lists all current competitive procurements over $10,000. We have made available all the forms that may be required for a procurement KCATA has established its goal for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) participation during FY2009. Vendors included in the competitive procurement mailings are selected from the vendor master database, ATA DBE Officer, yellow pages, direct request and advertisements. Vendors will be included unless they have been debarred, suspended, proposed for debarment or declared ineligible by any Federal departments or agency. Please contact the KCATA Procurement Department at (816) 346-0254 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you have any questions.

 

Affirmative Action

All firms doing business with the KCATA are required to meet federal Affirmative Action (AA) requirements.

To receive AA compliance, please complete the enclosed Vendor Registration Form and submit one of the following documents.

  1. A current letter of Certificate of Compliance issued by another governmental agency that has reviewed and approved your Affirmative Action plan; or
  2. A written Affirmative Action plan and a current Workforce Analysis Form; or
  3. A formal request for exemption from #1 and #2 above if your firm has 12 or fewer employees. This request must list names, job titles, race, gender, and salary ranges for all positions. This form must be submitted on the company’s letterhead and notarized.

For complete information on the DBE and/or AA certification process, please contact:

Denise Bradshaw, DBE Manager
1200 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
(816) 346-0224 or (816) 346-0336 fax
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)

Complementary Paratransit

The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that all public bus systems provide Complementary Paratransit service for disabled persons who cannot independently use the bus service because of a disability. The service acts as a “complement” to the bus service. In Kansas City, the primary agency providing this service is Share-A-Fare.

Complementary Paratransit service operates door-to-door. It is provided by vans or cabs in the Metro ADA service area. Generally, the ADA established service area extends three-quarters or 0.75 of a mile on each side of regular bus route service.

Complementary paratransit service is available on those days and during those times when trips are provided on regular Metro routes. The fare charged for eligible trips is no more than twice the comparable full adult bus fare.

To take advantage of complementary paratransit service, you must be certified as ADA Eligible. Other agencies than Share-A-Fare providing ADA Complementary Paratransit service in the metro area are:

For more information call the Share-A-Fare office at (816) 346-0810.

Share-A-Fare and Complementary Paratransit Applications

All prospective participants must complete an application to be admitted to either the Complementary Paratransit service or the Share-A-Fare Only service. Share-A-Fare Only participants have higher fares and more program limitations than do the Complementary Paratransit participants. Applications are available from the Share-A-Fare office:

Share-A-Fare
1200 East 18th Street
Kansas City, Mo. 64108
(816) 346-0810

Applications are also available at some hospital social service departments, from medical social workers, and by calling the Share-A-Fare office at (816) 346-0810.

All applicants with a disability must have a physician or qualifying agency assess and then attest to the nature of the disability. If not applying for Complementary Paratransit, proof of age and income will be required.

Application Information

Applicants who apply for a position with The Metro must meet the minimum qualifications and requirements as stated in the Current Vacancies. Minimum requirements include education and experience, as well as the knowledge, skill and ability necessary to perform the job functions.

Applications are only accepted for those positions currently posted. The positions that are posted in the Current Vacancies will indicate the time, date and location for when The Metro will be accepting applications.

Applicants must bring a current Driver’s License and a list of employment references on the date of application.

  1. Download an Application for Employment.

Applicants may inquire about a position in person Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The Metro office is located at 1200 E. 18th Street in Kansas City, Missouri. For more information on current job openings, applicants may also call The Metro Jobline at (816)346-0282 or view the openings listed in the Current Vacancies.

Application Instructions

Thank you for considering The Metro as a potential employer. In order to ensure that your application is processed correctly and quickly, please follow these instructions carefully:

 

Board of Commissioners

The ATA is governed by a 10-member Board of Commissioners, five from Missouri and five from Kansas. Commissioners are limited to two consecutive four-year terms. Responsibility for the management, control and operation of the Authority and its properties is vested in the Board. The Board exercises its responsibility by adopting all general policies of the Authority, including the adoption of annual capital and operating budgets, the establishment of the goals of the Authority, and the selection of a General Manager. The Board may delegate certain duties and responsibilities to the General Manager for the management and operation of the Authority.

Kansas Commissioner Appointment Process

From the inception of the ATA in 1965 until 2000, the Governor of Kansas appointed commissioners, subject to confirmation by the State Senate and the Kansas Commissioners representing Johnson and Leavenworth counties. In 2000, the process was changed so that these two commissioners are now appointed by their respective county commissioners. The other three Kansas commissioners, representing the Wyandotte County jurisdiction, have always been appointed by the Mayor of Kansas City, Kansas, now known as the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas. However in 2000, the process changed to include a requirement that these appointments must be approved by the City Commissioners.

Missouri Commissioner Appointment Process

The Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor appoints three of the five Missouri Commissioners, including a direct appointment that must be a Kansas City, Mo., resident. The Clay and Platte County Commissioners will each submit a list of three eligible candidates for the Mayor's consideration. The Jackson County Executive appoints a Commissioner from a community, other than Kansas City which contracts with KCATA for service. The other Missouri Commissioner must reside in Cass County, be nominated by that county's commission, then be appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the State Senate.

Makinen
Robbie Makinen, Chairman, Jackson County, Missouri Jackson County Government Director Intergovernmental Affairs/Economic Development


Steve Klika, Vice Chairman, Johnson County, Kansas
CEO of International Motor Coach Group

Dusek
A.J. Dusek, Secretary, Wyandotte County, Kansas
Safety & Training Coordinator for Public Works, Unified Government

Short
Michael Short, Treasurer, Platte County, Missouri
Oppenheimer and Co., Kansas City, Missouri

(Not pictured)
Dennis Bixby, Leavenworth County, Kansas

Klobnak
Jim Klobnak, City of Kansas City, Missouri
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Jackson County, Mo.

Mallory
Gary Mallory, Cass County, Missouri
Presiding Commissioner of Cass County


Daniel Serda
, Kansas City, Kansas
City Planner specializing in Civic Design and Community Development

(Not pictured) 
Thomas E. Sims, Clay County, Missouri
Retired Judge

(Not pictured)
Ricky D. Turner, Kansas City, Kansas
Pastor of Oak Ridge Missionary Baptist Church 

Board of Commissioners Meetings

The Board of Commissioners meets monthly, on Wednesdays, in the Breen Administration Building, 1200 E. 18th Street, Kansas City, Mo., 64108. Meetings begin at 12:00 p.m. Schedule of meetings for 2014:

Meetings are held in the Large Conference Room of the Howard C. Breen Administration office.

 

Civil Rights and Title VI

KCATA’s Commitment to Civil Rights

Traduccion en español The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) is committed to ensuring that no person is excluded from participation in or denied the benefits of its services on the basis of race, color or national origin, as provided by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended. Toward this end, it is KCATA’s objective to:

The General Manager, senior management, and all supervisors and employees share the responsibility for carrying out Metro's commitment to Title VI. For more information on Title VI, visit the Federal Transit Administration's website.

Title VI Complaint Procedure

Any person who believes that he or she has been subjected to discrimination under Title VI on the basis of race, color or national origin may file a Title VI complaint with KCATA within 180 days from the date of the alleged discrimination. To file a complaint or for more information on your rights, contact:      Planning Director      KCATA      1350 E. 17th St.      Kansas City, MO 64108      816-346-0311 Title VI Complaint Forms can be downloaded in English or Spanish, or by calling 816-346-0311.

The written, signed complaint should include:

KCATA will provide appropriate assistance to complainants who are limited in their ability to communicate in English. Complaints may also be filed with the U.S. Department of Transportation: Federal Transit Administration Office of Civil Rights Attention: Title VI Program Coordinator East Building, 5th Floor – TCR 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE Washington, D.C. 20590

Título VI

Compromiso de KCATA hacia los Derechos Civiles

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) está comprometida a asegurar que ninguna persona sea excluida de participar o que se le nieguen los beneficios de sus servicios en base a raza, color, u origen nacional, según queda dispuesto en el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, enmendada. Para cumplir con este fin, los objetivos de KCATA son:

El Administrador General, los administradores jefes y todos los supervisores y empleados comparten la responsabilidad de cumplir con el compromiso del Metro de hacer cumplir el Titulo VI. Para obtener más información sobre el Título VI, favor de visitar la página web de la Administración Federal de Tránsito (Federal Transit Administration).

Procedimiento para interponer quejas bajo el Título VI

Toda persona que considere que ha sido discriminada bajo el Título VI en base a su raza, color u origen nacional puede interponer una queja bajo el Título VI en KCATA dentro de los 180 días de ocurrida la presunta discriminación. Para interponer una queja o para obtener más información sobre sus derechos, comuníquese con: Director de Planificación KCATA 1350 E. 17th St. Kansas City, MO 64108 816-346-0311 La queja, escrita y firmada, también debe incluir:

Los formularios de quejas bajo Título VI se pueden descargar de Internet en ingles o español o se pueden obtener llamando al (816)346-0311. KCATA brindará ayuda apropiada a los denunciantes que tienen capacidad limitada para comunicarse en inglés. Las quejas también se pueden presentar ante el Departamento de Transporte de los Estados Unidos: Federal Transit Administration Office of Civil Rights Attention: Title VI Program Coordinator East Building, 5th Floor – TCR 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE Washington, D.C. 20590

Title VI Resources for Subrecipients

As the designated recipient of Federal Transit Administration funds for the region, KCATA is responsible for ensuring that its subrecipients comply with Title VI general reporting requirements outlined in FTA’s Circular 4702.1B. To that end, following are resources to assist subrecipients in developing and implementing a Title VI Program:

 

 

 

Congressional Appropriation Request for FY 2010

Federal transit funding is provided annually through appropriations approved by Congress. This funding is provided to the United States Department of Transportation for distribution to transit agencies each fiscal year and includes funding for specific capital project needs. Congress will soon begin the federal budget process for the upcoming federal fiscal year (2010) that starts on Oct. 1, 2009. While KCATA will continue to explore opportunities for future major service expansions, the need to sustain basic services and maintain existing facilities is KCATA’s highest priority for 2010 federal discretionary capital funding. Accordingly, the following are KCATA’s recommended Congressional priorities for FY 2010:

 

 

Contact Form

Reason for contacting KCATA:

Current Opportunities

The following is a list of KCATA’s upcoming bid and proposal opportunities. All dates and times are subject to change and KCATA reserves the right to cancel any solicitation at any time.

All public events (bid openings and conferences) are held at KCATA, 1350 E 17th Street, Kansas City, MO. 64108 unless otherwise indicated.

Customer Service

Mailing Address

Kansas City Area Transportation Authority 1200 E. 18th Street Kansas City, MO 64108

KCATA Email

When submitting a complaint or compliment via email, please include bus number, route, direction of travel, time, date, driver's name or badge number, and description of driver as it relates to the comment. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

KCATA Web Site

www.kcata.org

Contact Phone Numbers

Office or Service Phone Number
Administrative Offices 816-346-0200
Route and Schedule Info for The Metro, The JO & Unified Government Transit 816-221-0660
Regional Call Center (TDD Line for the hearing impaired) 816-474-0646
Commendations & Complaints 816-221-0660
Bus stop, shelter, park-and-ride issues (Leave message) 816-346-0845
Lost and Found 816-346-0265
Lost and Found - The JO 913-715-8267
Share-A-Fare Reservations 816-842-9070
Share-A-Fare Complaints & Commendations 816-346-0860
Share-A-Fare (TDD Line for the hearing impaired) 816-221-0380
MetroFlex 816-346-0346
AdVANtage Vanpool 816-346-0800
KCATA Job Line 816-346-0282
Discounted Passes for Employers - Transit Riders' Incentive Plan 816-346-0274
Reduced Farecards 816-346-0265
Transit Advertising 913-538-7059
Media Relations 816-346-0209

 

DBE Certification

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

DBE GOAL FOR FFYs 2015-2017

Pursuant to 49 CFR Part 26, the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) has established an overall DBE participation goal of 8.5% for FFYs 2015-2017. The proposed goal and its rationale are available for inspection Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at KCATA’s Procurement offices, 1350 E. 17th St., Kansas City, MO 64108. Comments and inquiries will be accepted from the public for 45 days following the date of this notice and may be directed to Denise Adams, KCATA, at the above address (email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) or to the Federal Transit Administration Region VII, Civil Rights Office, 901 Locust, Rm 404, Kansas City, MO 64106. A public meeting will be held Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at KCATA’s Breen Bldg., Large Conf. Rm., 1200 E. 18th St., KCMO. The meeting is to discuss the USDOT’s recommended methodology for setting annual goals, and to include your input in the goal setting processing.

Download the ATA's Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Policy statement.

Certification

To be certified as a bona fide Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) your firm must meet the criteria established by the Department of Transportation under 49 CFR Part 26 established March 1, 1999. Key considerations include, but are not limited to:

Required Forms

  1. Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Application (must be signed and notarized)
  2. Statement of Personal Net Worth

Note: If you firm has a current Letter of Certificate of Compliance issued by another governmental agency that has reviewed and certified your firm as a DBE in accordance with 49 CFR Part 26, you may submit it as part of the certification process with KCATA. Pursuant to 49 CFR Part 26.81, the KCATA participates in Missouri's Unified Certification Program through the Missouri Regional Certification Committee (MRCC). A firm that is certified through a partner agency will also be considered "certified" through the MRCC. Certified firms will be included in the MRCC DBE Directory, which is available to interested parties. You may access the MRCC DBE Directory at the Missouri Department of Transportation website.

 

Drug-Free Workplace

As a Drug-Free Workplace, the KCATA seeks to create a work environment free from the adverse effects of drug abuse and alcohol misuse.

Drug Screen and Pre-Employment Physical

If you are hired for a position at The Metro, you are required to pass a drug test (in accordance with Federal Regulation) and a physical examination, with regards to the nature of the position.

The Metro has a policy that prohibits the illegal use, manufacture, distribution, sale, dispensation or possession of narcotics, drugs, or controlled substances, and will require random urine and drug and alcohol tests of its employees as an enforcement measure in providing for a drug-free workplace.

You will be excluded from consideration for employment with The Metro if the results of your urine drug test indicate evidence of marijuana, cocaine, opiates, phencyclidine (PCP) and/or amphetamines.

Facts & Stats

2010 Annual Report [PDF format]

A summary of KCATA operations:

Service Area: 398 square miles in seven counties
Municipalities contracting with KCATA: 10
Service Area Population: 781,159
Employees: 721
Annual Operating Budget: $87 million
(all divisions)

The Metro

Fleet Size: 265, including 28 MAX vehicles

Park-and-Rides: 35 locations
MetroCenters: 3

Bus Stops: 5,741

MAX

Metro Area Express
Kansas City’s first bus rapid transit line, Main St. MAX, opened in 2005.

The second MAX line, Troost MAX, opened New Years Day 2011.

MetroFlex

On-Demand Service: 8 Routes

Share-A-Fare

Paratransit Service

AdVANtage

Vanpool Service

 

Forms

You may need some or all of these forms in order to do business with the KCATA. They are available in PDF or Word format. If you have any problems accessing them, please call (816) 346-0254.

 

 

Funding

The 2009 budget for the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (ATA) was set in motion as a result of an election in the spring of 2008. On April 8, 12 months prior to expiration, the citizens of Kansas City, Mo., renewed a 3/8-cent sales tax dedicated to ATA operations. The tax was scheduled to sunset March 31, 2009, but was extended for 15 years, now expiring in March 2024. This is the second time in less than five years that Kansas City residents overwhelmingly voted to support ATA with dedicated tax revenues. The vote sent a message to area leaders that public transportation is vital to the region’s future. The tax is a critical source of KCMO funding for both The Metro and Share-A-Fare budgets.

The ATA’s Metro 2009 operating budget of $70,301,577 is derived from several sources of revenue shown in the chart below.

KCMO Funding 59%Federal Funding17%Passenger Fares 17%Other Local4%State Funding2%Other Funding1%

Local Funding

Kansas City, Mo., is the primary provider of all transit funding (59%) for Metro services. KCMO funding is provided by the 1/2-cent transportation sales tax (52%) initiated in 1971, and the 3/8-cent ATA sales tax (48%) implemented in 2004.

In recent years, sales tax growth has been anemic, averaging only 2% growth a year. Since both taxes are economic activity taxes, attaining even that small rate of growth is difficult with current economic conditions. The possibility of an extended recession that would adversely impact sales tax collections is cause for great concern. Community leaders and the ATA recognize the critical nature of transit funding and continue to work to identify a more stable funding source.

Other communities contracting for Metro transit service from ATA are the Unified Government of Wyandotte County in Kansas, Independence, North Kansas City, Gladstone, Riverside, Liberty, Raytown, Blue Springs and Lee’s Summit in Missouri. The amount of service available in those communities is determined by those individual municipalities. Most of them fund transit from general revenues, which means that transit competes with all other city services for already strained resources.

State Funding

Funding from the State of Missouri was first received in 1997. At that time, ATA received approximately $2.4 million. In 2003, that amount was reduced by 65% to approximately $850,000 - where it has held steady for five years. In the state’s fiscal year of 2008-09, the amount was reduced to $781,000. That amount is reflected in the 2009 budget. The state reduced ATA funding again for the state’s 2009-10 fiscal year to $767,710 and the amount is included in ATA’s 2010 budget. While Missouri’s investment in public transit on a per-capita basis lags behind most other states, ATA and the Missouri Public Transit Association enjoy solid relations with the state legislature and continue to pursue enhanced funding options.

The state of Kansas has provided transit funding to the Unified Government for the past several years. The 2009 budget includes $460,462 from Kansas. The state of Kansas is currently developing a new statewide transportation plan. Future amounts are uncertain.

Federal Funding

The transportation bill known as SAFETEA-LU, authorized funding for federal fiscal years 2005 through 2009. ATA’s 2009 budget assumes funding will equal the 2009 apportionment identified in SAFETEA-LU. The 2009 budget includes federal formula funding of $7,496,512 or 66% of the $11.2 million in total federal funding in the 2009 budget. The remaining 34% of federal funding is from Job Access/Reverse Commute (JARC), Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) and other discretionary funding programs. New in 2009 was the $1,372,372 from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (stimulus) funds used for preventive maintenance of capital assets.

Passenger Fares

Many people are surprised to learn that passenger fares generate only 17% of ATA’s total revenue. There is often a misperception that when ridership increases public transit must be making a “profit.” In reality, public transit across the country is heavily subsidized. In Kansas City, Metro service is subsidized by more than 80%.

In an Emergency

In case of an emergency do the following:

If you have to report an incident, be prepared to give a description of the people involved, location and time the event took place.

 

Job Benefits

Working at the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority has its benefits:

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The ATA offers health, dental and life insurance to eligible full-time employees. Health and dental insurance are also available to part-time employees. Flexible spending accounts are available pre-tax for out-of-pocket family health care or dependent care expenses.

In addition, employees may purchase voluntary products (i.e., long-term and short-term disability, group term life insurance). A deferred compensation plan is available, which allows employees to set aside monies for retirement.

ATA also provides a Defined Benefit Pension Plan for full-time employees. This plan is to provide retirement benefits for employees who retire.

Full-time employees are eligible to accrue vacation and sick leave based on their years of service. KCATA recognizes nine paid holidays, plus the employee’s birthday and one floating holiday.

Fostering a healthy work environment is important to the ATA. North Kansas City Hospital partners with the ATA to identify and work with high-risk employees. During our annual health fair, on-site medical services are provided, such as blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol screenings. These services give employees insight on how they can improve their lifestyle.

A free bus pass for the employee and dependents, on-site fitness center, cellphone discounts, and employee recognition events are just a few additional perks ATA employees enjoy.

The above description of benefits is to provide a general overview of benefits available, and does not represent a binding commitment of offerings. Benefits are subject to change with or without website posting. Firm benefits will be detailed at time of hire.

Job Forms

Required Form

In order to complete your application, you must submit the following form.

  1. Download an Application for Employment.

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Job Vacancies

KCATA FY 2013 TIGER Application

The following are supporting documents for KCATA’s FY 2013 TIGER (TIGER V) application. KCATA in conjunction with Johnson County Transit and Unified Government Transit, is requesting TIGER funds for the purchase of CNG vehicles, service line modifications, and the purchase of propane supervisory and service vehicles for the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Documents

Applicant Transmittal Letter

Benefit and Cost Analysis

Wage Rate Certification
Federal Wage Rate Certification for KCATA
Federal Wage Rate Certification for Unified Government
Federal Wage Rate Certification for Johnson County Transit

Audits
Audit of Unified Government
Audit of Johnson County
Audit of KCATA

Letters of Support
Missouri Department of Transportation
Kansas City Regional Transit Alliance
Transit Action Network
Unified Government
Mid-America Regional Council

Partner information
Project and Local Match, Johnson County Transit
Project and Local Match, Unified Government

Media Relations

The KCATA wants to respond promptly and completely to news media inquiries. Above all, we want to ensure that the information furnished is accurate.

If you are a member of the working press and have an inquiry, please contact:

KCATA Director of Marketing
Cynthia Baker

Phone: 816-346-0209
E-mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Mission

Mission

To improve the quality of life of our customers by providing access to employment, health, educational, and social opportunities.

Vision

We are an excellent public transportation authority because of our pursuit of high standards and continuous improvement.

Priorities

Safety - Maintain a safe and secure environment for customers and employees.

Customer Service - Customer satisfaction will drive all of our actions, decisions and policies.

Employee Development - We value employee input, recognize their role in achieving excellence, and commit to providing opportunities for professional and personal growth.

Technology - Utilize technology to improve the overall transit experience for customers, and provide the technical and management tools employees need to excel.

Capital Improvements - Capital improvements focus on providing customers greater comfort and safety, employees a modern working environment, and reducing operating costs.

Environmental Responsibility - Promote policies and practices that embrace environmental sustainability.

Financial Responsibility - As stewards of public resources, perform all facets of the operation cost-effectively, and practice fiscal strategies that warrant community trust.

National funding issues

Current economic troubles throughout the nation are affecting public transit. The Public Broadcasting System (PBS) two-part series for Blueprint America on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, examines the issue.
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/blueprintamerica/reports/transit-in-trouble/video-public-transit-faces-new-pressures/485/

An episode of PBS’ Now discusses the service reductions being made by transit agencies and how the stimulus may or may not help public transit.  The show also describes how expenditures federal funding for roads and transportation are distributed to the states.
http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/507/

Transportation for America has compiled a map showing transit agencies facing proposed service reductions, job cuts and fare increases in 85 communities across the U.S. Together, these systems are responsible for more than 21 million trips each day by everyday Americans.
http://t4america.org/transitcuts


View United States of Transit Cutbacks in a larger map
Yellow = Service Cuts Green = Fare Increases Purple = Service Cuts and Fare Increases Red = Service Cuts and Job Losses Turquoise = Fare Increases and Job Losses $$ = Service Cuts, Job Losses, and Fare Increases.

 

Overview

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (ATA) is a bi-state agency created by a compact between the States of Missouri and Kansas, and approved by the United States Congress. The compact was authorized by legislation passed in both states in 1965. The compact gives the ATA responsibility for planning, construction, owning and operating passenger transportation systems and facilities within the seven-county Kansas City metropolitan area.

The compact defines the ATA district as the counties of Cass, Clay, Jackson, and Platte in Missouri; and Johnson, Leavenworth, and Wyandotte in Kansas. The Authority’s jurisdiction is limited to these seven counties.

The ATA operates The Metro bus service, the Metro Area Express (MAX) Bus Rapid Transit service, MetroFlex demand-response routes, Share-A-Fare paratransit service for the elderly and persons with disabilities, and AdVANtage vanpool service.

Ozone Alert!

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75¢ bus fare on Ozone Alert! days.

Clear the air with The Metro. Riding the bus in not only a great way to get around, it’s also good for Kansas City’s air quality. 

During the area’s high ozone months, June through September, you can help prevent ground-level ozone pollution—and other forms of air pollution.

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Leave your automobile at home and ride the bus. It’s especially important to take action when an Ozone Alert! is issued for the Kansas City area.

An Ozone Alert! occurs when there is a forecast for unhealthy amounts of ozone. On these days, bus fare on The Metro, The JO and Unified Government Transit is only 75¢.

You can track the ozone forecast at the Mid-America Regional Council.

Passenger Revenue and Ridership

In 2008, and for the fourth consecutive year, ridership increased over the previous year. A combination of enhanced services, including MAX, as well as continued high gas prices have encouraged citizens to seek alternative transportation options, and increasingly they are discovering The Metro.

Safety First

More and more people are learning the benefits of riding The Metro, such as reduced commuting costs, less stress and increased mobility and access throughout the region. Whether you’re at a park and ride lot or a bus stop, there are actions you can take to keep yourself and others safe.

At Transit Stops and Other Public Areas

Be Careful When Boarding

Use Caution When Exiting

Prevent AutoTheft
Auto theft is a problem that occurs in cities big and small. Follow these suggestions when leaving your vehicle unattended.

Be Careful Walking To Your Car

More Rules To Follow When Riding The Metro

Safety and Security Features On Board

Be Aware of Suspicious Packages
Packages are often left unattended and most are harmless, but if you notice anything suspicious such as visible wires, a mist or odor around the package or anything seeping from it, please notify your Metro Operator or a Metro Supervisor.

Keep Your Eyes Open For Suspicious Behavior
People showing strange or suspicious behavior are usually:

 

Safety of Young Riders

All Metro buses are designated as Safe Places for children and young adults. Safe Place is a nationwide program that sets up public locations as a network of places where youth in crisis can get immediate help. Children who are in a dangerous situation can find the help they need at The Metro.

Riding The Metro can be fun for young riders and to enhance that experience, children and young adults should abide by the following safety rules:

Young riders: Use caution when riding alone

safety of young riders

Adults: Keep an eye on children
While it is important for riders to look out for one another, it is especially important that they look out for younger riders. Here are a few tips for adults:

Take Action

Every day, SkyCast predictions announce the next day’s air quality through TV weathercasts, KC Star’s weather page, at (913) 383-7557 or visit www.marc.org. Skycast categories are green (good), yellow (conditions may lead to increased pollution) or yellow or red (Ozone Alert!)

ozone alert

Terms And Conditions

KCATA Standard Contract Terms and Conditions

 

Transit Watch

Be Alert, Informed, Involved and Prepared

Your safety and security is a top priority at The Metro. We have taken steps to ensure the safety and security of our transit system, such as:

In addition, The Metro is involved in the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) TransitWatch program that encourages our customers to be active participants in security matters. While we are working to keep you safe, we ask that you do the same. Follow these simple safety measures to keep you and other riders, especially young riders, safe.

You are a vital part of our Safety and Security Team and we rely on you to be our “eyes and ears.” By practicing a few safety measures, such as waiting in well-lit areas, being aware of your surroundings and notifying operators in the event of an emergency, you will be able to help prevent crime. As customers, we want you to remember to be alert, informed, involved and prepared.

 

Who We Are

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) operates The Metro bus service, the Metro Area Express (MAX), Share-A-Fare paratransit service for the elderly and disabled, and AdVANtage vanpool service. KCATA is also the lead agency in studying potential light rail in Kansas City.

KCATA was formed with the signing of a bi-state compact created by the Missouri and Kansas legislatures on December 28, 1965. The compact gives the KCATA responsibility for planning, construction, owning and operating passenger transportation systems and facilities within the seven-county Kansas City metropolitan area. These include the counties of Cass, Clay, Jackson and Platte in Missouri, and Johnson, Leavenworth and Wyandotte in Kansas.

The KCATA is governed by a 10-member Board of Commissioners five from the state of Missouri and five from the state of Kansas.

The Metro logs more than 50,000 trips every weekday. Share-A-Fare provides 250,000 trips per year, and there are 29 vanpools helping to meet the commuting needs of people living outside the boundaries of bus service.

Quick Stats

Metro Average Weekday Ridership:  55,000

Fleet Size:  300

Routes:  70

Vanpools:  29

Share-A-Fare Trips for elderly and disabled:  275,000

KCATA Employees:  800