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UMKC Student ID Offers More Transit Options Than Ever Before

Posted on: Aug 26, 2015

Starting this fall, the UMKC student ID will take students to places it never did before. Working also as a bus pass, the University of Missouri-Kansas City student ID is as good for getting around Kansas City as it is for gaining admission to sporting events, checking out books at the library and buying a meal.

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon Signs Bill Funding Kansas City Transit

Posted on: Jul 13, 2015

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Monday signed a bill into law that renews a half-cent sales tax critical for funding public transportation in Kansas City.

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KCATA Awarded For Regional Leadership, Communications Excellence

Posted on: Aug 27, 2015

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority has collected four awards recognizing the agency for its efforts to improve regional transit, marketing public transportation and distinguished leadership.

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Distinguished Community Leaders Receive KCATA Rosa Parks SPIRIT Award

Posted on: Jul 31, 2015

KCATA will present the 3rd annual KCATA Rosa Parks SPIRIT Awards celebrating individuals and organizations that, in the spirit of Civil Rights Leader Rosa Parks, are making a difference in metro Kansas City and in public transit.

This year’s awards will honor four difference makers: Ed Eilert, Commission Chairman, Johnson County; Bill Dietrich, President & CEO, Downtown Council; Jonathan Kemper, Chairman, Commerce Bank; and Shalonn “Kiki” Curls, Missouri State Senator.

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Kansas City Wins Grant To Combat Transit Terrorism

Posted on: Jul 30, 2015

KCATA has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for security training and developing a plan for responding to a terrorist attack on the bus system

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First Ozone Alert: Saturday, July 25

Posted on: Jul 24, 2015

Saturday, July 25, is an Ozone Alert! To promote healthy air quality, The Metro, The JO, Unified Government Transit and IndeBus cut the cost of riding the bus in half on an Ozone Alert.

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MAX Bus Rapid Transit Service Celebrates 10th Birthday in Kansas City

Posted on: Jul 23, 2015

After failed elections to approve light rail, BRT started in Kansas City 10 years ago this Friday as a fresh new approach to public transportation.  It offered residents service similar to rail, but at a much lower cost. The MAX service opened a new era of transit in Kansas City with buses running faster than ever before using designated lanes and making fewer stops. 

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KCATA Marks Anniversary Of Americans With Disabilities Act

Posted on: Jul 20, 2015

Twenty-five years ago this Sunday, President George H.W. Bush signed a sweeping law prohibiting discrimination against people with disabilities. It’s a historical moment that the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority will recognize as part of a national celebration.

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Community Celebrates Major Investments On Prospect Avenue Corridor

Posted on: Jul 09, 2015

The Prospect Avenue community is coming together to celebrate some very good news about efforts to re-energize this part of the city with millions of dollars in new public and private investments.

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New Ride KC Blog Provides Forum for Transit News

Posted on: Jul 01, 2015

(Kansas City, Mo. – July 1, 2015) As the region embarks on a new initiative to build a seamless transit network, the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority wants to keep everyone up to speed about the latest transit developments with a new blog

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KCATA Approves New Agreement To Manage Independence Transit Services

Posted on: Jun 24, 2015

(Kansas City, Mo. – June 24, 2015) The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority’s Board of Commissioners on Wednesday approved a new agreement to manage transit services for the city of Independence.
 

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Regional Transit Gains Momentum With Proposal to Manage Independence Transit Service

Posted on: Jun 02, 2015

(Kansas City, Mo. – June 2, 2015) A regional initiative to build a seamless transit network is gaining steam as the Independence City Council considers a proposal to let the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) manage its bus and paratransit system. 

The plan, which received first-round approval from the City Council Monday night, would give the KCATA management oversight of the Independence transit service.

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Discounted Bus Fares Help Battle Regional Air Pollution

Posted on: May 27, 2015

When the air gets hot and heavy this summer, there’s a way to save money and help the environment. Starting June 1, area transit agencies will pick up part of the cost of riding the bus on Ozone Alert days, when there is a high concentration of ground-level ozone pollution. Fares on Ozone Alert days cost 75 cents, which is just half the cost of riding most routes offered by The Metro. 

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Teens get around for $12 a month with Tranz It

Posted on: May 15, 2015

Now is the time to get Metro’s Tranz It, a special bus pass just for youth 12 to 18 years old.

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Happy 90th Birthday To Barrier Breaker Ray Harris

Posted on: May 13, 2015

Four years after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down segregation on public transportation, Harris and four others broke the race barrier in Kansas City when they became the first African-American bus drivers for what was then known as the Kansas City Public Service Co.

Harris climbed behind the wheel of his first bus at the intersection of 48th Street and Prospect Avenue on May 3, 1960, his 35th birthday. Despite the Supreme Court ruling, it took Kansas City four years to hire its first African-American bus driver but only under pressure from local civil rights leaders and activists.

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