THE METRO JOINS PINTEREST TO SHARE IDEAS, ACHIEVEMENTS, INSPIRATION
(Kansas City, Mo. – March 28, 2012) The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) has joined the social media website Pinterest to share stories, inspirations, tips and news. You can find The Metro at http://www.pinterest.com/kcatametro.
“Pinterest offers a way for us to share the story of transit in Kansas City and ideas about how to enjoy The Metro lifestyle,” said Marketing Supervisor Bridget Moss.
Pinterest is a virtual pinboard that lets users organize and share interesting things, from craft projects to humorous pictures to vacation destinations. The website is one of the fastest growing social media sites, with more than 20 million users.
“We hope to inspire people to get the most out of their commute on The Metro and MAX. Pinterest is another way for us to celebrate our customers and to promote all that Kansas City has to offer,” Moss said.
KCATA’s boards include Favorite Places, Riders, Arts + Transit, Fashion, Transit History, Humor, and Celebrities on Transit. The agency’s pinboards can be found at http://www.pinterest.com/kcatametro/. KCATA is one of the first transit agencies nationwide to join Pinterest. Pinterest complements the agency’s other online outreach and communication, which includes its website (http://www.kcata.org), Google Transit trip planner, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.
(Kansas City, Mo. – March 12, 2012) 2012 is starting out with strong ridership growth for the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA). Ridership for January and February 2012 is up nearly 20% over the same time period last year.
Recently, KCATA announced a 5.7% rise in ridership for 2011. That amounted to 15.6 million trips, the second highest annual ridership in nearly two decades. In January and February 2012, ridership is already up 18.79% on Metro and MAX routes.
“People in Kansas City are realizing that riding The Metro is a convenient way to get to work and school, along with other destinations,” said Mark Huffer, KCATA general manager. “In addition, the warmer than average weather over the last two months meant that customers had an easier time traveling.”
The increase in ridership is attributed to an improving employment picture, gasoline prices, the University of Missouri-Kansas City pass program that allows students to ride using their student ID, and an increased awareness of public transportation.
Average weekday ridership for January 2012 was just under 53,958, up from 45,915 in January 2011. February figures improved from 46,196 in 2011 to 54,160.
People who want to join the growing ranks of Metro riders can visit http://www.kcata.org, or call the Regional Call Center at (816) 221-0660. The center’s hours are 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays.
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(Kansas City, Mo. – March 8, 2012) The Board of Commissioners of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) elected new officers for 2012.
Jackson County, Mo., Commissioner Robbie Makinen was re-elected Chairman at the February 29 board meeting. Makinen is Economic Development Coordinator for Jackson County and has served on the Board since 2007.
Michael Short, representing Platte County, Mo., will serve as Vice Chairman in 2012.
A.J. Dusek, commissioner representing Wyandotte County, Ks., will serve as Secretary.
Steve Klika, commissioner representing Johnson County, Ks., has been elected to serve as Treasurer.
Additionally, Judge Thomas E. Sims has been appointed by Mayor Sly James to serve as commissioner for Clay County, Mo. Sims served as Municipal Judge for the City of Kansas City and is retired.
KCATA 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.