Metro2012: Route Changes

The Comprehensive Service Analysis studied each route in Kansas City, Mo., and developed recommendations. Route changes will be implemented in phases in 2012-2013. From September through December 2011, KCATA asked for input from customers on the proposed changes, and more than 700 comments were received. As a result of these comments, The Metro made changes to 25 of the initial recommendations.

Route changes are intended to support a network of key corridors that form the foundation of The Metro system. New schedules will be designed to improve reliability, provide more direct service and better match demand. One of the goals of the CSA is to make riding transit more attractive by designing service that is more intuitive and rider-friendly. This webpage includes information about the individual route changes (below), as well as an overview of the recommended changes [PDF].

See a presentation made to the January 2012 Board of Commissioners, providing an overview of the changes. [PDF]

The PDF documents below describe the proposed changes, including:

  • An overview of the route and issues.
  • A description of proposed changes.
  • Before and after service statistics
  • Related changes to other routes.
  • A map of the proposed change.

System Map [PDF] of routes with changes.

  • Main Street MAX Orange Line: Midday service frequencies would be improved from every 15 minutes to 10 minutes and evening frequencies would be improved from every 30 minutes to every 15 minutes.
  • Troost MAX Green Line: will provide service between downtown and Bannister & Drury on weekdays and weekends, and will replace 25 Troost weekend service to Bannister & Drury.  Troost MAX will offer improved weeknight frequencies. (Revised)
  • 12-12th Street: To simplify service, Route 12 would be split into two routes:  Route 12 will operate travel between Quality Hill and 31st & Van Brunt via 12th Street and Hardesty, with service to 24th & Hardesty and Nowlin Hall.  The new Route 15 will operate on Truman Road between downtown and Truman and Crystal. Service to the West Bottoms will be provided by Route 109.
  • 24-Independence: Short trips will travel between downtown and Winner & White or Hwy. 24 & Brookside, and all long trips will travel between downtown and the Independence Transit Center (Truman & Noland).  Long trips serving the Independence Transit Center will continue to travel via Winner Road and Lexington Avenue in Independence.  (Revised)
  • 24X-Independence Express: Route 24X would be replaced with new Route 15 Truman Road Express service, which would provide peak period limited stop service between Independence and downtown Kansas City in a manner similar to Route 24X, but with more convenient schedules.
  • 25-Troost: To match weekday service, Route 25 weekend service will operate between downtown and 83rd & Troost.  Weekend service south of 83rd Street will be replaced by Troost MAX.  With the upgrade of Troost MAX evening service, Route 25 evening service hours will be shortened. (Revised)
  • 27-27th Street: Service would be straightened through Hospital Hill and extended to the Westside and downtown Kansas City via Summit Road.  Weekday schedules will be revised to provide even frequencies.
  • 28-Blue Ridge: Route 28 service would be modified to operate all service between Blue Ridge Crossing and downtown Kansas City via 40 Highway and I-70 (no longer via Linwood Boulevard) to provide faster service between Southeast Kansas City, Blue Ridge, and downtown Kansas City. The route will continue to make connections at the 31st & Van Brunt transfer center.  Weekday service would be extended from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. In conjunction with this change, Route 31 31st Street would also be extended to Blue Ridge Crossing to improve local service between Kansas City’s central areas and Blue Ridge Crossing. (Revised)
  • 28X-Blue Ridge Express: Route 28X’s first morning trip will be scheduled for 5:00 a.m. and the evening trips will be rescheduled at regular 30 minute intervals and provided over a longer period. (Revised)
  • 30-Northeast: Route 30 service would be extended to the Northeast Industrial District to replace Route 126 East Fifth Street service.  To better match service levels with demand, Route 30’s weekday schedule will be extended to 11:00 p.m. and the Saturday and Sunday service spans also be reduced slightly. (Revised)
  • 31-31st Street: Route 31 would be extended to Blue Ridge Crossing instead of Route 28 Blue Ridge to provide more frequent and more consistent service between Kansas City central areas and Blue Ridge Crossing. Route 31 will not travel to the VA Hospital. Instead, Route 35 35th Street will provide service to the VA Hospital.
  • 35–35th Street: Route 35’s eastern route will be changed to provide service to the VA Hospital and to Dunbar Apartments.  Service frequencies and hours would also be revised with slightly less rush hour service and more midday service.
  • 37-Gladstone: Route 37 would be replaced by a new Route 36X Metro North/Antioch Express route that would provide more service into downtown (including Government District) and Crown Center. (Revised)
  • 37XX–North Broadway Express: Route would continue to use existing alignment on US 169 and service would be extended at the route’s northern end to Gashland and New Mark, and on the southern end to Crown Center.  To better match service with demand, the three morning trips would be scheduled at 6:00 a.m., 6:30 a.m., and 7:00 a.m. and the 5:55 p.m. outbound trip would be discontinued due to very low ridership. (Revised)
  • 38-Meadowbrook/Antioch Center: Route 38’s alignment would remain the same as current and schedule would be adjusted to provide more consistent frequencies and to alternate trips between its two outer legs (Gladstone and Vivion/Jackson). (Revised)
  • 38X-Meadowbrook Express:  Route 38X would be replaced by new 36X Metro North-Antioch Center Express route that would provide faster and more frequent service into downtown (including the Government District) and Crown Center. (Revised)
  • 39-39th Street:  Buses will lay over on the west end of the route (39th & Rainbow) to improve service for passengers traveling the route’s eastern loop, and all trips will provide service on the entire route. Stops would also be consolidated to make service faster and improve reliability. (Revised)
  • 47-Roanoke:  To improve reliability, Routes 47-Roanoke and 51-Broadway will be jointly reconfigured.  The new Route 47-Broadway/47th Street will travel between downtown, Crown Center, the Plaza and Blue Ridge Crossing using Route 51’s current northern segment (Plaza to downtown via Broadway) and Route 47’s current eastern segment (Blue Ridge Crossing to Plaza).  Weeknight and Sunday service will be provided with short trips between downtown and the Plaza.(Revised)
  • 51-Broadway: To improve reliability, Routes 47-Roanoke and 51-Broadway will be jointly reconfigured.  The new Route 51-Ward Parkway will combine Route 51’s current southern segment (Ward Parkway Center to Plaza) with Route 47’s current northern segment (Plaza via KU Med to downtown).  Service will also be extended to Holmes between Bannister and 99th and connect with Troost MAX at Bannister & Troost.  Short trips will operate between downtown and the Plaza (47th and Jefferson). (Revised)
  • 51X-Ward Parkway Express: Routes 51X and 56X would be consolidated into a single route that would operate between Red Bridge and downtown Kansas City via Ward Parkway and provide more trips.
  • 53-Armour-Swope Park: Route 53 would be consolidated with Route 54 Armour-Paseo and Route 108 Indiana. All northern end service would operate as Route 54, and southern end service south of Swope Parkway would be provided by an extension of Route 108 Indiana.
  • 54-Armour-Paseo: Route 54’s southern end would change to provide new service between 85th Street & The Paseo to Ward Parkway Center.  Service at 85th & Prospect would be replaced by Route 175.  Service levels would be adjusted to better match service levels with demand: less rush hour service, but twice as much midday service. (Revised) 
  • 55-Rockhill: Service would be discontinued due to low ridership and the upgrade of nearby Troost MAX service.  Current service on Holmes at 85th Street would be replaced with Route 54. Service on Holmes to Bannister and 99th would be replaced by Route 51 service.
  • 56X-Red Bridge Express: Routes 51X and 56X would be consolidated into a single route that would operate between Red Bridge and downtown Kansas City via Ward Parkway and provide more trips.
  • 57-South Oak: Service north of 47th Street would be discontinued and consolidated with Main Street MAX to provide more frequent midday and evening MAX service. Service south of 47th Street would be combined with Route 156 Red Bridge to provide local service between the Plaza, Waldo, and Red Bridge. Service would also be reduced to better match service levels with demand.
  • 71-Prospect: Midday frequencies will be improved to every 12 minutes.  The route would also be adjusted to operate all downtown service via 11th and 12th Streets to provide better service to the Federal District.
  • 108-Indiana: Route 108 would be extended to the Kansas City Zoo to replace Route 53 Armour-Swope Parkway southern end service.  The route would also be reconfigured to provide better service to Swope Health Center, the Shops at Blue Parkway and Bruce Watkins Cultural Center. Midday service frequencies would also be improved.
  • 109-9th Street: Route 109’s western alignment will be extended to the West Bottoms to replace Route 12 service, and the route’s eastern segment will travel to 12th & Winchester.  Schedule changes would also be made to better match service levels with demand. (Revised)
  • 110-Woodland-Brooklyn: Service would be realigned to operate along Brooklyn Avenue between 18th and 44th Streets to improve directness. Service on Vine and 25th St. discontinued. Weekday schedule levels would be adjusted to better match service levels with demand, and Saturday service would be discontinued due to low ridership.
  • 121-Cleveland-Antioch: A number of alignment changes would be made to make service more direct and space the route from the 108 more efficiently. : The route will be straightened in the Northeast Industrial District and moved from St. John Avenue and Hardesty on to Independence Avenue and Belmont. Also, between Truman Road and 45th street, the route will be moved from Cleveland Avenue to Jackson Avenue to expand service coverage to the east and serve part of Jackson Avenue that would no longer be served by Route 12.
  • 123-23rd Street: Service would be realigned to operate through Hospital Hill via 22nd Street and to provide service to the Westside neighborhood along Southwest Boulevard to 31st Street. (Revised)
  • 126-East 5th Street: Route 126 would be discontinued due to very low ridership.  Service to the Northeast Industrial District would be provided instead by an extension of Route 30.
  • 129-I-29 Express:Service would be extended at both ends—to KCI at the north and to Crown Center to the south—and would operate along a consistent alignment in both directions via Tiffany Springs Road, Prairie View Road, I-29, and 169 Highway.  The revised route would serve all three KCI terminals, provide better service to the Tiffany Springs area, and provide connections to and from other Northland locations.  Service would be provided seven days a week from early morning until late night. (Revised)
  • 132-Gracemor: Route 132 would be maintained and extended to Crown Center. (Revised)
  • 133-Vivion/Antioch: Route 133’s alignment in downtown Kansas City would be streamlined to shorten running times and make schedules more convenient.  The Iron Street variant through North Kansas City would also be discontinued to due to low ridership and to simplify service.
  • 133X-Vivion/Antioch Express: Route 133X would be replaced by new 36X Metro North-Antioch Center Express route that would provide faster and more frequent service into downtown (including Government District) and Crown Center. (Revised)
  • 135-Winwood/69 Highway: Route 135 would be maintained and extended to Crown Center.  Schedule will be revised to serve more typical work times.  (Revised)
  • 136-Boardwalk/Antioch Connector: Service would be provided on weekdays only between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and would be improved to operate hourly instead of once every two hours.
  • 137-Metro North/Antioch Connector: Weekday service would be improved to operate every hour instead of once every two hours.  Saturday service would be discontinued due to very low ridership.
  • 142-North Oak: Route 142 would be upgraded and operate between Zona Rosa, downtown Kansas City, and Crown Center. Connections with Main Street MAX would be made at the 3rd and Grand Park-and-Ride in the River Market.  Service spans would be lengthened to provide service later at night, and Sunday service would be added. (Revised)
  • 155-55th Street: Route 155’s current routing via 55th Street will remain and schedule will be adjusted to provide hourly trips between 6:00 am and 6:00 pm. (Revised)
  • 156-Red Bridge: Route 156 would be consolidated with the southern end of Route 57 (between the Plaza and Waldo), providing direct local service between Red Bridge, Waldo, and the Plaza.  Service will also be reduced to better match service levels with demand.
  • 163-63rd Street: Route 163 would be shortened by discontinuing the segment between Ward Parkway and Brookside Boulevard to provide more convenient schedules. Service levels would also be adjusted to better match service with demand.
  • 173-Casino Cruiser: Route 173 would be reconfigured to provide much faster and more direct service, more convenient schedules, and year-round service to the Worlds of Fun area.
  • 175-75th Street: Route 175 would be realigned to serve 85th & Prospect and replace Route 54 service realigned to Ward Parkway Center.  In conjunction with anticipated relocation of the Bannister & Drury transfer center to the Bannister Road at Blue Ridge Boulevard area, Route 175 would operate via 87th Street and Blue Ridge Boulevard to the new transfer center.  Service to Overland Park would remain. (Revised)
  • 229-Tiffany Spring MetroFlex: To provide simpler service, Route 229 MetroFlex service would be replaced by improvements to Route 129 service.
  • 237-Gladstone/Antioch MetroFlex: Route 237’s flex boundary would be extended eastward. Scheduled stops would also be introduced at Antioch Center to improve connections with fixed-route services.
  • 243-Antioch-Barry Rd. Connector: Route 243’s alignment would change to provide service between 64th Street, Prairie View Road, Gateway, Riverside Community Center, Vivion Road, and North Oak Trafficway. Connections to downtown Kansas City would be available via Route 142 North Oak at North Oak and Vivion and to the I-29 Corridor via Route 129 on Prairie View.  Service to Argosy Casino and Saturday service would be discontinued due to low ridership.  Weekday service frequencies would improve to operate every hour instead of once every two hours. (Revised)
  • 247-Westside MetroFlex: Route 247 would be discontinued and replaced with a combination of Route 27 27th Street and Route 123 23rd Street fixed-route service.
  • 251-TMC Lakewood Connector: Service would be provided from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on weekdays.
  • 253-Raytown MetroFlex: Route 253’s southern boundary would be extended to reflect the shift of Bannister and Drury transfer center to the proposed transfer facility in the Bannister Road at Blue Ridge Boulevard area. Scheduled stops would also be introduced at the new transfer center to improve connections with fixed-route services.
  • 296-Bannister/Hillcrest MetroFlex: Route 296’s Boundary would be extended to the northeast to improve service in Ruskin/Hickman Mills; service to the Bannister Federal Complex would be replaced with Route 298 expanded service.  Scheduled stops would also be introduced at the new Bannister & Blue Ridge transfer center to improve connections with fixed-route services.
  • 298-South Kansas City MetroFlex: Route 298’s southern boundary would be extended to the east to include the Bannister Federal District./li>
  • 471-71 Highway Express: Route 471’s schedule would be adjusted to provide service over a longer span of time and routing to downtown Kansas City (including Government District) would travel via Crown Center.  Service would be discontinued on Hickman Mills Drive between Red Bridge Road and Longview Road due to very low ridership. (Revised)




Total routes = 54
Plans revised from initial recommendations = 25 (See comprehensive list of revisions.)
Revisions based upon review of customer input and additional plan review

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