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