Public Comment Wanted for Leavenworth County Transit Plan

Posted on: Nov 28, 2017

Final Pop-Up Meeting Scheduled; Online Survey Available

(Kansas City, Mo. – Nov. 28, 2017) There is currently no transit service in Leavenworth County. If transit service were developed over the next 20 years or more, what areas would it serve? How might Leavenworth County communities benefit from it? Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA), in coordination with Leavenworth County communities and the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), is developing the Leavenworth County Transit Plan to uncover answers to these questions and others. We encourage the public to get involved by attending the last scheduled “pop-up” meeting for the project to share ideas and comments related to Leavenworth’s transit future. Online commenting is available at leavenworthtransit.digicate.com through Nov. 30, 2017.

FINAL “POP-UP” MEETING

University of Saint Mary

Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Mead Hall, 4100 S. 4th Street, Leavenworth, KS  66048

During the “pop-up” meeting, community members will be able to review detailed maps of the study area and provide feedback. Staff from KCATA and the consultant team will be positioned at information tables to listen to comments and answer questions. No formal presentations will be given. Community members are encouraged to share their ideas and comments about Leavenworth County’s transit future.

Background

Transit planning is essential for improving connections to jobs, shopping, healthcare, and other services in the City of Leavenworth and the surrounding areas of Leavenworth County. Specifically, how opportunities and challenges are leveraged for transit improvements will be discovered as we work together with a Stakeholder Advisory Committee, community members, planning staff, and many others through the end of 2017. The Leavenworth County Transit Plan is funded through MARC's Sustainable Places Program. The planning effort will analyze the needs within the City of Leavenworth and connections to activity centers, not only within the City and County, but also to other nearby areas, such as western Wyandotte County and the Kansas City International Airport. The final plan will describe transit improvement options, services, and funding possibilities that will help realistically address community needs.

Additional Information

For more information about the Leavenworth County Transit Plan, the public may contact Shawn Strate at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 816-346-0349. The public may comment online at leavenworthtransit.digicate.com. Follow the project on Facebook at Leavenworth County Transit Plan and use our #LeavenworthTransit hashtag. 

 

Transit and Pedestrian Access Planning Is Underway for 75th & Metcalf

Posted on: Nov 28, 2017

Three Open Houses Scheduled

(Kansas City, Mo. – Nov. 28, 2017) RideKC, in coordination with the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), is hosting three public open houses for the 75th and Metcalf Transit and Pedestrian Access Improvement Plan. We will hold the meetings at the Kansas Christian College (7029 74th Street, Overland Park, Ks.) as follows:

During the open houses, community members will be able to review exhibits that describe transit and pedestrian access improvements for the 75th Street and Metcalf Avenue intersection in Overland Park, Ks. No formal presentations will be given, so the public is welcome to stop by any time during the meetings. Representatives from the planning team will be present to answer questions and discuss issues or concerns with meeting participants.

Background

Three RideKC transit routes intersect at 75th Street and Metcalf Avenue: 401 Metcalf-Plaza, 404 Metcalf-Downtown, and 475 Quivira-75th Street. Ridership on the routes is increasing. However, access for pedestrians who are walking to and from existing bus stops, nearby businesses, and other destinations at this location needs improvement. During the December 5-7 public open houses, we will explore the range of challenges and opportunities present. The feedback we gather will help shape the final transit and pedestrian access improvement plan for the 75th Street and Metcalf Avenue intersection.

Additional Information

For more information about the 75th and Metcalf Transit and Pedestrian Access Improvement Plan, contact Drew Stiehl, MARC Transportation Planner, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 816-701-8247. The public may also comment and follow the project on Facebook at “75th and Metcalf Transit and Pedestrian Access Improvement Plan.” 

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Meeting Notice: KCATA Board of Commissioners Meeting Moves to Johnson County in November

Posted on: Nov 14, 2017

(Kansas City, Mo. – Nov. 14, 2017) The Nov. 15 Board of Commissioners meeting for the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority will be held in Olathe. The meeting will be held at the Johnson County Administration Building,  111 S. Cherry Street, Suite 3300, Olathe, Kan., at noon on Wednesday.

The Board is moving the location of some of its 2017 monthly meetings to locations throughout the region. The regular meeting location is at KCATA, 1200 E. 18th Street in Kansas City, Mo.

To learn more about the Board and see a schedule of meetings, please visit: http://www.kcata.org/about_kcata/entries/board_of_commissioners. 

 

KC Streetcar completes phase one of Riverfront Extension Study, looks to secure TIGER grant funding

Posted on: Sep 29, 2017

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Rolling to the River

KC Streetcar completes phase one of Riverfront Extension Study, looks to secure TIGER grant funding

(Kansas City, Mo.—Sept. 28, 2017) – Bringing a streetcar line to Berkley Riverfront is now one step closer. 

During today’s board meeting, the KC Streetcar Authority (KCSA) approved moving forward with the next phase of technical work for the Streetcar Riverfront Extension and Multi-Modal project.  The project management team consists of the KCSA, Port KC and the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA).

“The opportunity to better connect our city to our historic riverfront through streetcar and improved transit connections is a generational opportunity that could redefine Kansas City and downtown in the years to come,” said Tom Gerend, executive director of the Kansas City Streetcar Authority. 

On August 28, the Board of the Port Authority of Kansas City (Port KC) approved the funding needed to advance the Streetcar Riverfront Extension and Multi-Modal project. The total project cost for this phase is approximately $300,000 and is fully funded by Port KC. 
“The transformation of Berkley Riverfront to a premier destination is already underway with apartments, office space, dog park/restaurant, and fitness courts to be completed in 2018. The next step is bringing a multi-modal connection to ensure everyone has access to enjoy the wonderful amenities the riverfront offers,” said Michael Collins, President & CEO of Port KC. 

The primary study area for this effort extends from downtown Kansas City, Missouri, and the River Market north to the Missouri River and Berkley Riverfront. The study area is bounded on the west by the ASB Bridge and the BNSF railroad right-of-way and on the east by the Senator Kit Bond Bridge. During the study phase, it was determined that a streetcar to Berkley Riverfront was feasible both structurally and financially. The determination was that the extension should begin at the intersection of 3rd Street and Grand Boulevard., extend over the Grand Boulevard. Bridge, travel briefly on Berkley Pkwy, and then veer to the northeast to parallel River Front Road to a stub end stop near the middle of the riverfront property.

This phase of planning will focus on completing conceptual design for the Riverfront Extension. Other work will include:

In addition to this work, the project team is pursuing federal funding through the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery program, or TIGER, for the construction of this streetcar extension. The downtown streetcar line received $20 million in TIGER funding in 2013.

The KCSA, in coordination with Port KC and the KCATA, selected the team led by Burns and McDonnell to conduct this next phase of planning for the Streetcar Riverfront Extension and Multi-Modal Feasibility Study. This work will occur simultaneously with the Streetcar Southern Extension planning. The report from phase one of this project can be found on the KC Streetcar website, www.kcstreetcar.org

River streetcar extension

 

Several Changes Coming to RideKC Routes Oct. 1

Posted on: Sep 27, 2017

(Kansas City, MO – Sept. 27, 2017) Many RideKC routes will change next week, including both MAX bus rapid transit lines. The changes will improve the overall efficiency of transit service, and provide service that better matches local transit needs.

“These adjustments will allow us to better serve customers with direct, efficient transit service,” said Robbie Makinen, President and CEO of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority. “Sustained growth in downtown and in south Kansas City, along with ridership patterns, are at the root of many of these changes.”

Main MAX changes route after 12 years

Main MAX will run on Grand from the River Market to Crown Center. This change will allow for quicker travel through downtown, allowing riders to arrive at their destination sooner. MAX will no longer run its circuitous route on Wyandotte, Main, Oak, 8th, 9th, 11th, and 12th streets. South of Crown Center, the MAX route will continue to serve midtown, Country Club Plaza, Brookside and Waldo.

New transit center to open

A new transit center will anchor bus service in south Kansas City. 3-Trails Transit Center, at Bannister and Blue Ridge, will serve as a hub for six RideKC routes: Troost MAX, 28 Blue Ridge, 29 Blue Ridge Limited (previously 28X Blue Ridge Express), 75 75th Street, 99 South KC Flex, and 399 Raytown Flex. Routes and times will change for these lines. 75 will no longer travel west of Ward Parkway Shopping Center to Overland Park during the rush hour. This service will be offered by 51 Ward Parkway during the rush hour.

Added service to south Kansas City

Another set of changes will improve access to jobs and shopping in south Kansas City. 57 Wornall will travel further south, providing regularly scheduled transit service seven days a week to an area that previously had limited Flex service that required a call ahead of time. 57 will no longer travel between the Plaza and Waldo; however, Main MAX will continue to make connections between these two areas. Flex routes 99 and 98 will combine service as 99 South KC Flex. 99 will serve Metropolitan Community College-Longview, Loma Vista Shopping Center, and Red Bridge Shopping Center.

Blue Springs Express removes one trip

570 Blue Springs Express is changing its route and reducing the number of trips from four to three. This change is due to a reduction in funding.

Changes to bus stops, route names

Select bus stops will be removed from several routes:

Several other routes will change names, consistent with RideKC’s naming plan. The new numbering system will be organized into regions and types of service. For example, Kansas City, Missouri, routes south of the Missouri River use numbers 1-99, and routes north of the river use 200-299.

New schedules are available at RideKC.org and on board buses. For help planning a trip on an affected route, call the Regional Call Center weekdays between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. at 816.221.0660.

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Main MAX moving to Grand Blvd. Oct. 1

Posted on: Sep 26, 2017

Community Event to Celebrate Change

(Kansas City, Mo. – Sept. 26, 2017) RideKC will launch a new route for Main Street MAX on Sunday, Oct. 1 with a free family celebration from 2 to 4 p.m. at Washington Square Park near Crown Center.

The event will include food trucks, free inflatable games, and music from DJ Soap. There will be plenty of prizes and catch-themed giveaways. KC Streetcar, Mid-America Regional Council and B-Cycle will join RideKC at the party. RideKC will also unveil its second Scavenger Hunt, focused on destinations along Main MAX.

“Customer response to this change has been overwhelmingly positive,” said KCATA CEO and President Robbie Makinen. “Downtown has changed a lot in the 12 years since MAX started. Riders are looking forward to a quicker, easier ride on one of our most popular routes.”

Changes to Main MAX

Main MAX will run on Grand from 3rd Street in the River Market to Crown Center. This change will allow for quicker travel through downtown, allowing riders to arrive at their destination sooner. MAX will no longer run its circuitous route on Wyandotte, Main, Oak, 8th, 9th, 11th, and 12th streets. MAX will complement KC Streetcar’s frequent service on Main and will continue to connect to the streetcar in River Market. South of Crown Center MAX will not change, serving midtown, Country Club Plaza, Brookside and Waldo.

Due to this change, all times on the route will change. On weekdays during the daytime, Main MAX runs every 10 minutes between downtown and The Plaza, and every 20 minutes south of The Plaza. During weekday evenings, MAX runs every 15 minutes between downtown and The Plaza, and every 30 minutes south of The Plaza. On Saturday during the day, MAX runs every 15 minutes between downtown and The Plaza, and every 30 minutes south of The Plaza. On Saturday evenings and all day on Sunday, MAX runs every 30 minutes, with all service traveling between Downtown and Waldo.

New maps and schedules are available at RideKC.org and on board Main MAX buses. 

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Prizes
RideKC will be giving away many fun prizes.

 

RideKC celebrates upgraded stop with tailgate

Posted on: Sep 11, 2017

(Kansas City, Mo. – Sept. 11, 2017) The bus stop at Kauffman Stadium and Arrowhead has had an extreme makeover, thanks to a joint effort by the Jackson County Sports Complex Authority (JCSCA) and the KCATA.

To celebrate the improvement, KCATA will host a tailgate for transit customers and stadium employees from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, at the new bus stop. The Royals take on the White Sox at 1:15 p.m. that day. Dignitaries will be available from 10 to 10:30 a.m.

In 2016, the stop was a finalist for the title of “America’s Sorriest Bus Stop” in Streetsblog USA’s annual tournament. The area of Blue Ridge around the Sports Complex previously had no sidewalks. The stop on southbound Blue Ridge Cutoff was essentially a patch of dirt with a sign indicating it was a bus stop, but there was no concrete or other amenities.     

Now, getting on and off the bus is a safer, more pleasant experience. The stop moved north approximately 500 feet, near the Missouri Welcome Center at 4010 Blue Ridge Cutoff. The JCSCA built a sidewalk from the new stop into the stadium complex, as well as a paved platform for the bus stop. KCATA also added a bench and shelter to the stop.

The Sports Complex Authority is adding sidewalks throughout the stadium complex.

“Thanks to this partnership, fans and employees headed to both stadiums will have a safer, more dignified experience riding the bus,” said KCATA President/CEO Robbie Makinen. “The upgraded stop signals to stadium workers and guests that they are welcome.”

Kauffman Stadium is served seven days a week by the 47 Broadway. 28X Blue Ridge Express also travels to the Blue Ridge Cutoff stop, but with less frequent service and only during rush hours. 

Map of stadium stop

Below: Employees and visitors at the Sports Complex enjoy the new amenities. 

Employees wait for bus

New shelter

 

RideKC Offers Holiday Service on Labor Day Weekend

Posted on: Aug 30, 2017

(Kansas City, Mo. – Aug. 30, 2017) The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority announces special schedules for RideKC transit service for the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Bus routes will use Sunday/Holiday schedules on Labor Day. The Regional Call Center, administrative offices and Customer Service Lobby will be closed. The RideKC Freedom paratransit office will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and paratransit service will be provided in eligible areas. Unified Government Transit, IndeBus and Johnson County will not offer service on Sept. 4.

KC Streetcar will operate a partial change in Sunday service from 7 a.m. to midnight, and operate Holiday hours on Monday with service from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Administrative offices will be closed.

For route information, contact the Regional Call Center at (816) 221-0660, weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. or visit www.RideKC.org. 

 

Commissioner Klobnak Passes Away

Posted on: Aug 24, 2017

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority is saddened by the death of one of its commissioners. James Klobnak represented the City of Kansas City, Mo., on the KCATA board.

“The loss of Jim Klobnak is felt throughout the organization,” said Robbie Makinen, KCATA president and CEO. “Not only will his leadership be missed on the board, but he was a long-time employee of the agency prior to attending law school. Jim was a staunch watchdog for the community, customers and employees of the KCATA.”

Klobnak joined the Board in December 2010, and served previously as Secretary of the Board.

Arrangements under the direction of Mt Moriah, Newcomer & Freeman Funeral Home, Kansas City, MO.

 

Expanded Bus On Shoulder closer to reality in KCK

Posted on: May 19, 2017

(Kansas City, Mo. – May 19, 2017) Bus On Shoulder will expand in Kansas, adding a 3.6-mile section of I-35 from Lamar Avenue through Wyandotte County to the Missouri state line.

On Wednesday, May 17, Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2096 into law, bringing bus on shoulder in Kansas City, Kansas, closer.  KCATA’s next step is to conduct an engineering review of the I-35 shoulder in Wyandotte County, working in conjunction with KDOT and an engineering firm. 

Since 2012, buses have successfully used the shoulder of I-35 in Johnson County, Kansas, from 95th Street to the Johnson/Wyandotte County Line near Lamar Avenue. Expansion of bus on should will reduce travel time for bus transit riders.

RideKC buses travel on the shoulder of I-35 when traffic is slower than 35 miles per hour, bypassing congested areas. Transit vehicles are limited to traveling no more than 10 miles faster than the traffic on the highway and won’t exceed 35 mph on the shoulder. For example, if traffic is moving at 20 miles an hour, buses on the shoulder will be traveling at 30 mph.

Bus operators on the I-35 corridor go through enhanced training on how to safely use the shoulder.

Routes using the shoulder are the 519 Olathe Express, the 563 Shawnee Express, the 569 South Overland Park Express and the 595 Gardner-Overland Park Express.

“We thank our Kansas legislators for continuing to provide expanded opportunities to make public transportation a viable option for commuters,” said KCATA President and CEO Robbie Makinen.

 

 

Team Selected to Study Southern Streetcar Extension

Posted on: May 15, 2017

(Kansas City, Missouri - May 15, 2017) – One year with the downtown KC Streetcar and plans are underway to look at expansion efforts. 

The KC Streetcar Authority (KCSA), in coordination with the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA), selected the team led by HDR to conduct a KC Streetcar Southern Extension study to assess multi-modal transportation needs. The KC Streetcar Southern Extension Technical Services will build upon the downtown streetcar service and will support work required to further develop and advance the southern extension towards the University of Missouri, Kansas City (UMKC). 

In addition to HDR serving as the project lead, the team consists of members from Burns & McDonnell, HNTB, Trekk Design Group, Hg Consult, Parson + Associates, VSM Engineering and Architectural & Historical Research. 

“We are thrilled to be working hand-in-hand with our partner, the KCATA, to detail specific plans for a southern streetcar extension and related bus improvements connecting downtown to the University of Missouri, Kansas City campus,” said Tom Gerend, executive director, KC Streetcar Authority. “This effort is a critical step towards advancing the region’s transit vision and completing the due diligence that will be required to make this vision a reality.”  

The KC Streetcar Southern Extension study will focus on following:
−    Data collection (utilities, current conditions, etc.) 
−    Refining alignment details (curb-running / center-running)
−    Station stop locations and terminus configuration
−    Plan for coordinated regional transit service integration and improvement  
−    Updated cost estimates
−    Initiation of federal funding process

“Today people recognize that public transit is so much more than moving people from point A to point B,” said Robbie Makinen, KCATA president and CEO. “It is about creating jobs, providing jobs access and providing economic development opportunities. Whether it’s by bus, bike, paratransit, taxi, walking or streetcar, we are all working together to meet the dynamic travel needs of our region.” 

The primary study area for this effort extends from downtown Kansas City and Union Station, south to UMKC in the vicinity of 51st and Brookside Boulevard. The study area is generally bounded on the west by Broadway Boulevard and on the east by Gillham Road. The KC Streetcar Authority, in partnership with Port KC and the KCATA, is already studying a streetcar and multi-modal extension to Berkley Riverfront Park.  

 

RideKC buses reroute for WWI Centennial Celebration

Posted on: Apr 04, 2017

(Kansas City, Mo. – April 4, 2017) On Thursday, April 6, buses will reroute near the Liberty Memorial, Crown Center and Union Station from 4 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. This affects a significant portion of RideKC’s routes in downtown Kansas City.

For most of the day on Thursday, streets around the National World War I Museum and Memorial will be closed, and there will be no direct access to the National WWI Museum and Memorial, Crown Center, Union Station or the Internal Revenue Service.

Detailed reroute information is online at http://www.RideKC.org. Routes include local bus service, as well as express routes from Johnson County, Kansas City, Mo., Liberty, Blue Springs and Lee’s Summit.

RideKC buses will provide a shuttle from the perimeter entrance at Pershing and Main to the security screening area.

For route information, contact the Regional Call Center at (816) 221-0660, weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

 

MAX gets fans to Big 12 basketball tournament

Posted on: Mar 08, 2017

(Kansas City, Mo. – March 7, 2017) The Big 12 Basketball Championship is in Kansas City this week, and the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) offers the no-parking transit option to get fans to the games fast and conveniently.

On March 8-11, Main St. MAX will offer frequent service throughout the tournament to the Sprint Center in downtown Kansas City, Mo.

Three fare options are available: RideKC fare is $1.50 per ride. An all-day pass costs $3, and can be purchased on the bus. Three-Day Visitor Passes are available for $10 at KCATA offices, 1200 E. 18th Street.

Please see the map below for stops.

Main St. MAX service to Sprint Center: Northbound buses from The Plaza/Waldo to 3rd & Grand will stop at the Arena station at 12th & Grand.  Southbound buses from 3rd & Grand will stop at the 11th at Grand station. The Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship will be held at Sprint Center, 1407 Grand.

For further information, visit us online at http://www.ridekc.org or call the Regional Call Center at (816) 221-0660 weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

Main Street MAX

 

Johnson County Reduces Fares on Four Express Routes

Posted on: Feb 22, 2017

(Kansas City, Mo. Feb. 22, 2017)  Johnson County will reduce fares on four major RideKC express routes, moving the Kansas City area toward a single, seamless transit system serving the region.

Starting Wednesday, March 1, fares on express routes running between Johnson County and downtown Kansas City, Mo. will be reduced to $1.50, a 75 cent reduction from the current fare of $2.25.

The new $1.50 fare will be available on these Johnson County routes: 519 Olathe Express, 563 Shawnee Express, 569 South OP Express and the 595 Gardner-OP Express.

The new fare for RideKC express service will be the same as the $1.50 fare for all local service offered in Johnson County and the rest of the Kansas City region.

Additionally, the price for a 31-day express pass will now be $50, reduced from $75.60 to account for the lower base fares.

The new $50 price for a 31-day pass is the same as the price of a 31-day pass for local bus service across the region.

“This is another example of how KCATA and our regional transit partners are breaking down barriers to improve public transportation in the region,” said Robbie Makinen, KCATA president and CEO.

 “The lower fare will bring added convenience to our customers,” said Steve Klika, chairman of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority.

“We will now have more consistency in our fare structure across the metro area as we create a single, regional transit system that’s friendly to riders on both sides of the state line.” 

$50 Pass

 

New automated trip reminders available to KC paratransit riders

Posted on: Feb 15, 2017

(Kansas City, Mo. – Feb. 15, 2017) The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority is unveiling a new automated system that sends reminders to paratransit customers with disabilities about trips they book on RideKC Freedom, formerly known as Share-A-Fare.

Starting Wednesday, Feb. 15, paratransit customers can request reminders – either by phone call or text message – that they’ve scheduled a trip on RideKC Freedom. Similar to reminders they might get from a doctor or dentist, the new technology notifies customers of their reservation a day in advance.

The new system alerts riders to the origin and destination of their trip as well as their pickup times. Customers can opt into the new system when they reserve a trip on RideKC Freedom at 816-842-9070.

Another feature gives riders the ability to cancel their trip by phone 24 hours in advance of their reservation if they change their plans.

These innovations will make service more convenient for our nearly 4,000 RideKC Freedom customers. Plus, the reminders will improve efficiency by reducing call wait times and decrease the number of no-shows.  

“We are very excited about offering this new convenience to our RideKC Freedom customers,” said Robbie Makinen, president and chief executive officer of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority. “This is a big win for our customers. This new technology not only makes our paratransit services more efficient, but also will means shorter waits for customers when they phone the Regional Call Center to book their trips.”

A group of paratransit riders has been testing the trip reminder system for the past few weeks. Passenger Ruby Polk calls the system “excellent.”

“As a person who is blind, I depend on RideKC Freedom to provide transportation to medical appointments, work, the grocery store and more,” said Polk. “This system will verify that all RideKC Freedom trips are correct.”   

RideKC Freedom is the new official name for paratransit services for seniors and persons with disabilities in Kansas City. What was known as Share-A-Fare in Kansas City is now RideKC Freedom with vehicles now branded with RideKC Freedom in white lettering on a blue backdrop featuring the open road, reflecting the freedom of travel.

 

Below: A sample trip reminder received via text. 
paratransit trip reminder

 

KCATA Clocks 1 Million Gallons With CNG Station

Posted on: Jan 27, 2017

(Kansas City, Mo. – Jan. 27, 2017) The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority reached a milestone this month: RideKC buses have used the equivalent of 1,000,000 diesel gallon equivalents (DGEs) of compressed natural gas (CNG) since starting to use the fuel in August 2014.

The move from diesel to CNG fuel is creating cost savings and environmental benefits. By reaching the milestone of 1,000,000 DGEs of CNG, KCATA reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 1,870 metric tons. This is the equivalent of taking 395 passenger cars off the road for one year. KCATA estimates it has saved $1.2 million over the cost of diesel fuel since making the change.

“The decision to switch to compressed natural gas allows us to be even better stewards of taxpayer money and of the environment,” said President and CEO Robbie Makinen. “We will continue to add look at innovative fleet options to build on this success.”

KCATA has a partnership with Clean Energy Fuels, the largest provider of natural gas fuel for transportation in North America, to monitor and maintain the fueling station. At the time it was built, the CNG fueling station was the largest fast-fill station in Missouri and is still the largest in the Kansas City region. The station allows buses to be fueled in less than seven minutes.

The agency currently has 44 CNG buses in its fleet, and is adding 20 more arriving this year.  CNG vehicles have been phased in as older diesel buses were retired. 

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Fueling CNG bus 
A mechanic fueling a CNG vehicle at KCATA in May 2015.

 
A mechanic fueling a CNG vehicle at KCATA in May 2015.

CNG station partial 
Part of the CNG fueling station at KCATA.

 

 

KCATA Board of Commissioners elects officers

Posted on: Jan 25, 2017

(Kansas City, Mo. – Jan. 25, 2017) The Board of Commissioners of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) elected new officers for 2017.

Johnson County, Ks., Commissioner Steve Klika was re-elected Chairman at the January board meeting. Klika is Vice Chairman of the Johnson County Board of Commisisoners.

Daniel Serda, representing Kansas City, Ks, will serve as Vice Chairman. Serda is Principal and Founder of inSITE planning, LLC.

Dennis Bixby, representing Leavenworth County, Ks., will serve as Secretary.

David Bower, representing Jackson County, Mo., has been elected to serve as Treasurer.

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 CEO. The Board may delegate certain duties and responsibilities to the CEO for the management and operation of the Authority.

Steve Klika
Steve Klika, Chairman, Johnson County, Kansas
Vice Chairman, Johnson County Board of Commissioners

Daniel Serda
Daniel Serda, Vice Chairman, Kansas City, Kansas 
Principal and founder, inSITE planning LLC

Dennis Bixby
Dennis Bixby, Secretary,
Leavenworth County, Kansas 
Board of Commissioners, Leavenworth County, Kansas
Bixby Repair, Owner

David Bower
David Bower, Treasurer, 
Jackson County, Missouri 

 

RideKC Readies For Storm

Posted on: Jan 13, 2017

See RideKC.org for any updates.

(Kansas City, Mo. – Jan. 13, 2017) RideKC is preparing for winter weather that may affect travel this weekend, Friday, Jan. 13, through Sunday, Jan. 15.

Our crews, along with state and local governments, have been pre-treating roads for the last two days. They will continue working through the weekend to keep streets safe.

Once the ice storm starts, we encourage people to stay home if possible. If people must travel, we encourage customers to dress warmly, listen to local newscasts for up-to-date information, and use the online tools to learn if their bus is delayed.

RideKC bus customers can keep informed about current conditions and any changes to transit service:

RideKC service operated by KCATA offers real-time bus information through WebWatch. Customers can find their individual routes and see where buses are on a real-time map at http://ridekc.org/rider-guide/track-your-bus. A mobile version from a third-party software designer is available at http://itsab.us/tracker/.

Additionally, Warming Buses will be available on Saturday, Jan. 14:

winter weather bus

 

Dec. 17 Winter Storm

Posted on: Dec 17, 2016

For up to date information, see http://ridekc.org/bulletins/dec-winter-storm

 

RideKC Prepares for Possible Snow

Posted on: Dec 06, 2016

(Kansas City, Mo. – Dec. 6, 2016) The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) is preparing for the possibility of snow that may affect travel on Wednesday, Dec. 7.

RideKC bus customers can keep informed on current conditions and plan for severe winter weather. Current forecasts indicate that snow may fall in the Kansas City area during the day on Wednesday, with potential impacts on the afternoon rush hour.  Snow amounts are expected to be small, but as temperatures fall well below freezing, untreated roads and sidewalks may become slick. RideKC plans to provide bus service Wednesday. However, as road conditions worsen, customers could experience delays.

Please check www.RideKC.org frequently for updates.

This storm has the potential to cause delays for RideKC service. Our crews will be working through the day to keep streets safe. We encourage customers to dress warmly, listen to local newscasts for up-to-date information, and use the online tools to learn if their bus is delayed.

Where to get information

Online, customers can get updates at http://www.RideKC.org and review the Snow Plan, which pinpoints several areas that experience difficult travel in snowy weather. KCATA also distributes notices about system-wide delays through Twitter. Customers can follow RideKC at http://www.twitter.com/RideKCTransit and www.facebook.com/RideKCTransit.  

RideKC service operated by KCATA offers real-time bus information through WebWatch. Customers can find their individual routes and see where buses are on a real-time map at http://ridekc.org/rider-guide/track-your-bus. A mobile version from a third-party software designer is available at http://itsab.us/tracker/.

The Regional Call Center, 816-221-0660, is open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays. 

 

Thanksgiving Transit Service

Posted on: Nov 21, 2016

Bus Service to Plaza Lights and Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies

(Kansas City, Mo. – Nov. 21, 2016) RideKC will operate on the Sunday/Holiday schedule for Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 24. The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority’s Regional Call Center, administrative offices and customer service lobby also will be closed for Thanksgiving. KC Streetcar will operate a Sunday schedule on Thanksgiving, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Johnson County, IndeBus and Unified Government Transit will not offer service on Thanksgiving. Regular weekday service will resume Friday, Nov. 25, for KCATA, KC Streetcar, IndeBus and Unified Government Transit. Johnson County routes will offer reduced holiday schedules on Friday, Nov. 25. Schedule details are available at http://www.ridekc.org.

Plaza Lights on Thursday, Nov. 24

Customers can take RideKC to the Plaza Lighting Ceremony on Thanksgiving. The Main Street MAX operates on a Sunday/Holiday schedule, providing service every 30 minutes throughout the day. The last regularly scheduled northbound bus headed toward downtown leaves The Plaza from 47th Street & Main at 12:10 a.m. The last southbound bus headed toward Brookside and Waldo leaves the Plaza from 47th Street & Main at 11:34 p.m.

Plaza service on Main Street MAX, 35-35th Street, 47-Broadway and 57-Wornall will reroute around The Plaza because of expected traffic congestion. The routes will still take customers close to the lighting festivities. All of the reroutes will begin at 6 p.m. and end when traffic clears at about 11 p.m. See http://www.ridekc.org for detailed information about the reroutes.

Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting on Friday, Nov. 25

On Friday, Nov. 25, bus routes that usually serve Crown Center via Grand Avenue will be rerouted from 3 p.m. to midnight because of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. The lighting ceremony starts at 5:30 p.m. Customers can call 816-221-0660 to find a nearby bus stop.

Bus service that will be rerouted include Main Street MAX, 34X-Shoal Creek-Liberty Express, 36X-Gladstone Express, 37X-N. Broadway Express, 77-Casino Cruiser, 85-Paseo, 129-Broadway-KCI, 132-Gracemor, 135-Winnwood/69 Hwy, and 142-North Oak.

For further information, customers may call the Regional Call Center at 816-221-0660 weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. or visit www.ridekc.org

 

Veterans Ride Transit for Free on Veterans Day

Posted on: Nov 09, 2016

(Kansas City, Mo. – Nov. 9, 2016)  To honor area veterans all regional RideKC transit service will offer free fares to veterans on Friday, Nov. 11. Veterans should show their Department of Veterans Affairs VIC (Veterans Identification Card), United States Uniformed Services Identification Card or a Missouri or Kansas driver’s license or state-issued identification card displaying “Veteran” on the back of the license.

Area transit providers will operate regular weekday service on Veterans Day.

On Thursday, Nov. 10, KCATA employees will participate in an informal Patriot March walk-at-work event to honor veterans.  At 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. walkers will depart from 1350 E. 17th St, travelling along 18th and Main streets to arrive at Liberty Memorial, where brief remarks will be given. Area businesses from the Jazz District and Crossroads are also invited to participate in the walk, including Tension Envelope, who will be joining the 11 a.m. walk.

In observance of the holiday on Nov. 11, KCATA administrative offices will be closed. However, the Regional Call Center and the Share-A-Fare offices will operate normal hours on Friday.

For route information, contact the Regional Call Center at (816) 221-0660, weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., or visit us at http://www.ridekc.org. 

 

Kansas City Region Offers Free Bus and Paratransit Fares on Election Day

Posted on: Oct 24, 2016

(Kansas City, Mo. – Oct. 21, 2016)  RideKC routes will offer free fares all day on Tuesday, Nov. 8, to make it easier for citizens to vote in the General Election. 

“Exercising the right to vote is so important that we want to make it as easy as possible to get to the polls,” said KCATA President and CEO Robbie Makinen. “We are grateful to our regional transit partners in Johnson County, Independence and KCK for agreeing to make this a truly regional transit initiative.”

On Election Day, fares on all RideKC bus routes serving Kansas City, Johnson County, Wyandotte County and Independence will be free. KCATA paratransit offered by KCATA will also be free to ride. 

“I simply cannot overstate the importance of getting out and voting on Election Day,” said Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Sly James. “Voting is one of the most impactful ways residents can perform their civic duty and I am grateful to the KCATA and RideKC transit partners for doing their part to ensure all residents have an opportunity to make their voices heard on November 8.”

Mayor James and KCATA CEO Robbie Makinen will announce the free fares at a press event at 10 a.m., Monday, Oct. 24 at the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, 1200 E. 18th St., Kansas City, MO 64108. They will be joined by Unified Government Mayor Mark Holland, Independence Mayor Eileen Weir, and Johnson County Commissioner Steve Klika, who is also chair of the KCATA Board of Commissioners.

Before the Nov. 8 General Election, residents can check their polling place and voter status.

To find your polling place and check your voter status, Kansas City residents in Jackson County can visit the Kansas City Election Board website, http://www.kceb.org/. For other locations in Missouri, start with the Secretary of State’s website, http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/govotemissouri/.

In Kansas, Johnson County voters can access resources at Johnson County Election Office, https://www.jocoelection.org/default.htm, and Wyandotte County election information is available at Wyandotte County Election Office, http://www.wycokck.org/election/ Kansas allows Advance Voting in person and by mail, in addition to voting at the polls on Nov. 8. The above websites can provide more details. For those who live elsewhere in Kansas, information is available at Vote Kansas, http://www.voteks.org/.

Customers can plan their travel early. For help planning your trip, call 816-221-0660 and be ready to provide the starting address and the address of the polling place you will be traveling to. Customers can also plan a trip with Google Transit trip planner, available on the home page of RideKC.org. The Regional Transit Call Center is also open weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 

 

Bus Service Expanded, Better Serving MCC’s Maplewoods Campus

Posted on: Oct 03, 2016

(Kansas City, Mo. – Oct. 3, 2016) The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) is expanding a transit route serving students at Metropolitan Community College’s Maple Woods campus in the Northland.

Starting today, three northbound trips and five southbound will be added to the 38-Meadowbrook route, which runs from downtown through North Kansas City and Gladstone. The route also will be renumbered to 238-Meadowbrook as part of a new numbering system for the Kansas City region’s transit network.

The expansion brings added service to the more than 4,600 students enrolled at MCC-Maple Woods who are now part of the U-Pass program, which allows students to use their college ID as a bus pass.

“This is a great way to introduce a new generation of students to transit,” said Robbie Makinen, president and chief executive officer of KCATA.  “We are very excited about partnering with MCC to provide new transportation alternatives to students, especially at a time of the day when public transportation hasn’t been available.”

The new service added to the route will be in the evening. Now, bus service on 238 ends at 11:30 p.m. instead of just after the evening rush hour.

“We are thrilled that the MCC partnership with KCATA continues to expand to serve the students at MCC-Maple Woods and citizens in the northland,” said Shelley Temple Kneuvean, Metropolitan Community College’s vice chancellor for financial and administrative services. “Not only is this partnership removing a barrier to accessing higher education, but it is encouraging the next generation to support public transit throughout our region.  We are extremely appreciative of the proactive planning and responsiveness by KCATA based on the increasing demand to our college campuses.”

Route Renumbering Continues

The Meadowbrook route is being renumbered as part of a new classification system that gives riders a better idea of a route’s service area and fare.

The new numbering system will be organized into regions and types of service. Route numbers across the region are changing gradually. Here’s how the numbers will change:

More route numbers south of the Missouri River change this month. The 109-9th Street is now 9-9th Street, the 123-23rd Street is 23-23rd Street, 155-55th Street is 55-55th Street and 163-63rd Street is 63-63rd Street. Earlier this year, four other routes were assigned new numbers under the plan.

 

The $54 Million Question: What’s Next For Prospect MAX

Posted on: Sep 27, 2016

(Kansas City, Mo. – Sept. 27, 2016) – The City of Kansas City, Mo., and the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) will hold a community meeting to discuss the planned Prospect MAX bus rapid transit (BRT) line. The meeting is Tuesday, Oct. 11, 4:30-6:30 p.m., at Alphapointe, 7501 Prospect.

Planning and development for the Prospect MAX project began about two years ago. As the project is soon to enter the design phase, public input is important. Residents, business owners, and bus riders are invited to give feedback on the proposed service and features that are under consideration for the next MAX BRT line in the RideKC system.  The project has an estimated price tag of $54 million. KCATA is seeking $38 million in federal funds, and $16 million in local funding. During the meeting, the City and KCATA will provide an update on Prospect MAX funding.

Public input is being requested on the features, technology and transit services planned or under consideration for the Prospect corridor. These include:

There will be brief remarks by Third District City Council Member Jermaine Reed (Chair of the Prospect MAX Advisory Committee), other city officials, and KCATA representatives at 5:00 p.m. Attendees will then be welcome to visit the various stations to learn about and provide feedback about the project and features.

Transit riders can take route 71-Prospect, 75-75th Street, or 121-Cleveland to 75th & Prospect.  Light refreshments will be available at the meeting.

For additional information, call 816.221.0660 weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. or visit RideKC.org.

 

Fare Reduced for Popular K-10 Connector Service

Posted on: Sep 26, 2016

(Kansas City, Mo. – Sept. 26, 2016)  Fares will be cut 50 cents on the popular K-10 Connector service running between Overland Park and Lawrence as part of an effort to bring the route in line with similar express services offered in other parts of the metro area.

Starting Oct. 3, riders will pay $3 for a one-way trip on the 710-K-10 route serving Johnson County Community College, the University of Kansas-Edwards Campus in Overland Park and the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence.

Also, the price of a 31-day pass will be reduced to $95 from $117.60 and the cost of a 10-ride pass will be cut to $27 from $31.50.

The fare will be cut on the premium transit service to match the price of similar routes on the Missouri side of the state line as part of an effort to create a regional and seamless transit network.

Started in 2007, the K-10 Connector has proven popular with students, staff and faculty at Johnson County Community College and the University of Kansas. It also has attracted riders commuting to Johnson County from Lawrence for work. The route has about 122,000 boardings a year.

The fare cut is one way RideKC can help make higher education more accessible by giving students a more affordable transportation option, said Steve Klika, chairman of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority.

 “As college tuition gets increasingly expensive, the K-10 Connector offers an affordable way to get to class at the University of Kansas’ campuses in Lawrence and Overland Park as well as Johnson County Community College,” said Klika, also a member of the Johnson County Commission.

“The new lower fare will make a popular regional transit service an even more ideal way to travel, especially with our comfortable over-the-road coaches that offer a quiet and smooth trip. Students can grab a little extra sleep or have a little extra time to study.”

During the fall and spring semesters, the K-10 Connector runs Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 7:20 p.m. Rush-hour service in the morning and afternoon operates every half hour. Midday service runs hourly. Night service is available, operating hourly from 7:10 until 11:20 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

The route includes stops at Johnson County Community College’s Carlsen Center, the University of Kansas-Edwards campus in Overland Park, two stops at the KU campus and one in east Lawrence.

To get more details about the K-10 Connector service go to http://www.ridekc.org. Route information also is available from the Regional Call Center at (816) 221-0660 weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 

KCATA Receives Largest Grant for New Buses In 20 Years

Posted on: Sep 08, 2016

(Kansas City, Mo. – Sept. 8, 2016)—The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) will receive $8,986,350 to purchase new buses. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced the selections for Bus and Bus Facilities Grant Program. This award is the biggest Bus and Bus Facilities Grant KCATA has earned since 1993.

"This is a very big win for the region to stabilize and improve bus service,” KCATA President/CEO Robbie Makinen said. “It will enable us to right size the fleet, and explore innovative ways to deploy service, including the introduction of over-the-road coaches for the region.”

KCATA will use the funds to purchase 16 30-foot buses, two over-the-road coaches, two Bus Rapid Transit (MAX) vehicles, and two 40-foot buses. The total cost of the vehicles is expected to be $10,572,176, with local matching funds providing the difference.

 “We are grateful to our bistate congressional delegation for working so hard to earn this grant award and for their continued support for funding Prospect MAX,” said Makinen. “We also appreciate the continued support of the Federal Transit Administration and Region VII Administrator Mokhtee Ahmad for their responsiveness to communities’ needs.”

The grants will provide more modern, reliable bus service for transit riders across the country. Sixty one projects in 41 states, the Virgin Islands, and Indian Country will receive a share of nearly $211 million to replace, rehabilitate, and purchase transit buses and related equipment, and construct bus-related facilities.

Demand for FTA’s Bus Program far exceeded available funds, as FTA received 284 applications totaling $1.64 billion from 236 applicants in 47 states. Project proposals were evaluated based on set criteria, with priority given to projects that address significant repair and maintenance needs, improve the safety of transit systems, include advanced technologies to connect bus systems with other networks, and support the creation of ladders of opportunity.

“The Obama Administration is committed to improving transportation options that connect people in rural and urban areas across the country to opportunities,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “These grants will improve mobility for thousands of transit riders who depend on bus service every day, expanding access to employment, education, healthcare, and other important services in their communities.”

The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama in December 2015, authorized FTA’s competitive Bus and Bus Facilities Grant Program through 2020.

 

RideKC Offers Holiday Service On Labor Day Weekend

Posted on: Sep 01, 2016

(Kansas City, Mo. – Sept. 1, 2016) The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority announces special schedules for RideKC transit service for the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Bus routes will use Sunday/Holiday schedules on Labor Day. The Regional Call Center, administrative offices and Customer Service Lobby will be closed. The RideKC Access paratransit office will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and paratransit service will be provided in eligible areas.  Unified Government Transit, IndeBus and transit in Johnson County will not offer service on Sept. 5. Unified Government Transit Dial-A-Ride, IndeAccess and Special Edition/SWIFT will not provide trips.

KC Streetcar will operate a partial change in Sunday service from 7 a.m. to midnight, and operate Holiday hours on Monday with service from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Administrative offices will be closed.

For route information, contact the Regional Call Center at (816) 221-0660, weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

 

Popular K-10 Connect Resumes Regular Service Monday

Posted on: Aug 18, 2016

(Kansas City, Mo. – Aug. 18, 2016)   As students return to college campuses this fall, Johnson County’s popular bus service will resume its regular operating schedule between Overland Park and Lawrence.

Starting Monday, Aug. 22, the 710-K-10 Connector will run Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 7:20 p.m. Rush-hour service in the morning and afternoon operates every half hour. Midday service runs hourly.

Night service is available, operating hourly from 7:10 until 11:20 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The last nightly westbound trip starting at Johnson County Community College leaves at 10:10 p.m. The last nightly eastbound trip from the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence leaves Irving Hill Road and Naismith Drive at 9:21 p.m.

The fare for the approximately 40-mile trip is $3.50 each way. Riders can cut 25 percent off fare prices by purchasing a 31-day pass for $117.60. They can save 10 percent on the regular fare price by purchasing a 10-ride pass for $31.50.

Service on the K-10 Connector offers the comfort of over-the-road coaches with Wi-Fi. Students use the time to study for an exam, do homework, text safely or even catch a short nap free of the worries of highway driving.

Started in 2007, the K-10 Connector has proven popular with students, staff and faculty at Johnson County Community College and the University of Kansas. It also has attracted riders commuting to Johnson County from Lawrence for work.

The route includes stops at Johnson County Community College’s Carlsen Center, the University of Kansas-Edwards campus in Overland Park, two stops at the KU campus and one in east Lawrence. Classes for the fall semester at Johnson County Community College and the University of Kansas campuses start Aug. 22.

To get more details about the K-10 Connector service go to http://www.ridekc.org. Route information also is available from the Regional Call Center at (816) 221-0660 weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 

UMKC, KCAI and MCCKC Travel on RideKC Transit with U-Pass

Posted on: Aug 18, 2016

(Kansas City, Mo. – Aug. 18, 2016) Kansas City Area Transportation Authority has formed partnerships with University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) and Metropolitan Community College of Kansas City (MCCKC) to provide U-Pass, an all-access transit pass to university students.

KCATA will hold on-campus How-To-Ride Clinics during the weeks of Aug. 21 and Aug. 28. Students will be able to access the bus and ask any questions about the transit service.

With a current school ID, students at these three schools have access to all RideKC buses. The U-Pass covers not just trips to campus, but can be used for traveling to jobs, entertainment and shopping throughout the region. This is the first year MCCKC and KCAI are offering U-Pass to students; UMKC has offered the U-Pass for several years.

The U-Pass gives students an easy way to make connections around the region without the expense of buying a bus pass. RideKC offers more than 90 routes throughout the Kansas City region.

“We are excited for so many students to be able to travel throughout the region using just their student ID,” said KCATA President/CEO Robbie Makinen. “These valuable partnerships are helping us continue to build an integrated seamless transit system.”

 

KCATA Expands Troost MAX and 47-Broadway Late Night Service

Posted on: Jul 08, 2016

(Kansas City, MO. – July 8, 2016) The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) will expand late-night bus service, connecting to key employment centers and entertainment venues in Kansas City.

Beginning tonight, July 8, 2016, the new later service on Friday and Saturday nights will be available on Troost MAX and 47-Broadway. The service will be extended until 2 a.m., giving riders a few extra round trips each day.

The Main Street MAX also added Friday and Saturday late night service in May.The Troost MAX will now start its last trip from downtown at 1:42 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. The last trip to downtown will begin from 75th & Troost at just before 1:30 a.m. on Fridays, and just before 1 a.m. on Saturdays.  Late night service on Troost MAX travels to Troost & 75th Street. 

The last Broadway bus leaves downtown at about 1:38 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. The last trip to downtown from JC Nichols & 47th will begin at 2 a.m. on Friday and 1:20 a.m. on Saturday. The 47-Broadway Late Night route will be shortened during the expanded late-night hours. The Broadway Late Night route will travel between 47th Street and Union Station. It will not travel east of the Plaza or north of Pershing in downtown.

The Main St. MAX also connects to the streetcar at Union Station. It does not travel north of Union Station; riders can reach Crossroads, downtown and River Market on the streetcar. The Main Street MAX route travels to 75th & Wornall in Waldo. Southbound late night trips on 47-Broadway and Main St. MAX board the northbound Union Station stop.

Expanded night service will improve better access to jobs in the downtown area, the Westport entertainment district, Hospital Hill, the Crossroads area and the Country Club Plaza.  It will also offer enhanced transit connections for out-of-town visitors and help riders easily transfer between buses and the streetcar. The streetcar also will stop operating at 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.

“Our new service will help people get to work at odd hours when transportation can be hard to find. Plus, it will provide new ways of reaching entertainment hot spots at convenient times without the hassle of driving,” said Robbie Makinen, chief executive officer and president of the KCATA. “This is just another example of how the KCATA is leading the way in finding new and innovative ways to make transit seamless and easy to use in the greater Kansas City region.”

 

New RideKC Pilot Program Offers Expanded Trans Options for Seniors, Riders with Disabilities

Posted on: Jul 06, 2016

(Kansas City, Mo. – July 6, 2016)  A new pilot program broadening the transportation options for seniors and anyone with a disability starts this week in Johnson County, Ks., and eastern Jackson County, Mo.       

The Kansas Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) is launching a regional taxi voucher program open to anyone 65 and over as well as anyone with a disability in Johnson County and eastern Jackson County, including Independence, Raytown and Sugar Creek.

Using 10/10 Taxi, eligible riders can go anywhere they want in the region up to 10 miles for $5 each way. Riders have to pay the cost of the fare after the first 10 miles. The service is available any day at any time, including weekends and holidays. Ten one-way trips are allowed each month.

“We’re thinking outside the box and looking for new and innovative ways to offer public transportation to our residents,” said Robbie Makinen, KCATA’s president and chief executive officer. “We want to provide more flexibility to get around while measuring whether there is a more cost-effective way to provide public transportation.”

Makinen said the voucher program is a new innovation that will give people more access to public transportation.

“We are now talking about a 21st century model of transportation that will unlock doors for our seniors and our riders with disabilities,” Steve Klika, chairman of the KCATA Board of Commissioners. “We are very excited about providing this new pilot service for parts of our metro area.”

Anyone interested in the program should apply by going to www.ridekc.org to download an application, which can be found under the Mobility Services tab on the site under the heading, RideKC Taxi.

An application can be obtained by calling 816-221-0660. It also can be requested from .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), so one can be emailed, mailed or faxed.  

A 2 inch by 2 inch photo (selfies are allowed) is required for an identification card that will be mailed to eligible riders. The photo can be uploaded on a computer with the application or it can be mailed to the Nolte Transit Center, 1701 W. 56 Highway in Olathe or at the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, 1200 E. 18th Street in Kansas City, Mo. Participants can have a photo taken at either location, but must call the Regional Call Center at 816-221-0660 to make an appointment. The application, along with supporting documents and photos, can be emailed to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

The card will work like a debit card. When riders receive it in the mail – between seven to 10 business days – instructions will be provided showing how to upload value onto the new card so it can be swiped when using the cab. Questions? Riders can call 816-221-0660 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

 

 

Changes Coming to RideKC Routes

Posted on: Jun 27, 2016

(Kansas City, MO. – June 23, 2016)  Starting July 3, 2016, the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority will be making changes to a few RideKC routes. The changes are designed to help improve the efficiency of these different routes in Kansas City, Mo. The biggest change is an expansion to connect Southwest Blvd., the Westside, and the Northeast.

The routes that are changing are:

11-Northeast-Westside: This route will provide service to connect the Northeast and Westside neighborhoods. It will replace the 30-Northeast in downtown and to the east. The route will serve the Westside neighborhood using Summit, and travel Southwest Blvd, to 31st Street. The route will serve 30% more people and 20% more jobs.

54-Armour-Paseo: The route will extend into downtown to 3rd & Grand in the River Market neighborhood. It will be renamed to 85-Paseo. The route will travel on Grand between Crown Center and 3rd. It will no longer travel to 10th & Main.

27-27th Street: The route will no longer travel to 10th & Main and the Westside neighborhood, but riders can transfer to the Troost MAX at Hospital Hill or to several routes going downtown on Grand near Crown Center. Riders can also transfer to Main Street MAX and KC Streetcar at Union Station on Main. To reach the Westside, transfers to 11-Northeast-Westside can be made on Southwest Blvd.

28-Blue Ridge: The route will have a more efficient route in downtown, and will no longer serve the Blue Ridge/I-70 Park-and-Ride.

New schedules with maps and time are available on buses, in schedule racks and at http://www.ridekc.org. For more information, call the Regional Call Center at (816) 221-0660 weekdays, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“These route changes will provide new ways to reach work and entertainment,” said Robbie Makinen, KCATA president and chief executive officer. “We are excited for these changes, which will make a difference in people’s ability to connect to all the city has to offer.” 

 

Ozone Alert for June 23

Posted on: Jun 22, 2016

OZONE ALERT! ISSUED FOR THURSDAY, JUNE 23    
RIDE KC OFFERS 75¢ BUS RIDES

(Kansas City, Mo. – June 22, 2016) Tomorrow, Thursday, June 23, is an Ozone Alert! 

RideKC will offer 75¢ bus rides on local and express routes tomorrow to promote healthy air quality. 

Please remind your audience that they can help clear the air in Kansas City by riding the bus instead of driving, even for short trips. 

More information and an online trip planner are available at http://www.ridekc.org, or by calling (816) 221-0660.  The Regional Call Center offers trip planning assistance weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.  

 

RideKC Transit Expands In Johnson County on July 5

Posted on: Jun 20, 2016

(Kansas City, Mo. – June 20, 2016) New RideKC transit service will be launched July 5 in Johnson County, providing new and expanded regional connections to jobs, higher education and many restaurants and stores.

The additional service will bring expanded public transportation options to neighborhoods in Overland Park, Shawnee, Merriam, Prairie Village and Leawood. Service will be doubled on 75th Street, a new route will be added on 95th Street and new destinations will be added to a route serving Metcalf Avenue, a primary commercial route through Overland Park.

Destinations on the expanded service include Prairiefire, Oak Park Mall, Shawnee Mission Medical Center, Overland Park Regional Medical Center, Johnson County Community College, Sprint, Black & Veatch and the University of Kansas-Edwards Campus.

Here’s a look at the new transit options serving Johnson County:

495-95th Street: This is a new east-west route operating during the morning and afternoon rush hour from 74th Terrace & Broadway in the Waldo neighborhood of Kansas City, Mo., to Oak Park Mall in Overland Park. Buses will serve Leawood, Prairie Village and Overland Park along the route. The route will be extended west to Lenexa in 2017.

556-Metcalf/Plaza: New trips to the Prairiefire shopping and entertainment district, Corbin Park and Johnson County Community College are added during the morning and afternoon rush hour.

575-75th Street/Quivira: Weekday service is doubling on this route between 75th & Troost in Kansas City, Mo. and the University of Kansas-Edwards campus in Overland Park. Transit service will operate every 30 minutes during the morning and afternoon rush hour, and every hour during the mid-day. The route serves 75th Street in Shawnee and south on Quivira Road through Lenexa and Overland Park.

75-75th Street:  A fourth round trip will be added during the morning and afternoon rush hour between the Waldo neighborhood in Kansas City, Mo. and Overland Park, Kan. Route serves big employers such as Sprint, Quintiles, Black & Veatch and Saint Luke’s South. It also serves Town Center Plaza and Park Place in Leawood.

Complimentary passes for the new service are now available online at ridekc.org. Detailed maps and schedules are also available online, so customers can look at the expanded service and plan their trips now.  

The new service is intended to break down regional transit barriers and improve connections to employment centers in Johnson County.

“Our priority is connecting people to jobs,” said Steve Klika, chairman of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority’s Board of Commissioners. “These new routes allow riders to move fluidly between Kansas and Missouri as they commute to work. Our new expanded transit offerings open access to thousands of jobs on both sides of the state line.”

Klika said the new service is a step toward building a seamless transit system that connects all routes across the region together with the overarching goal of connecting workers to employers throughout the Kansas City area.

“This new transit service demonstrates Johnson County’s commitment to regional public transportation,” said Robbie Makinen, president and chief executive officer of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority. “The expanded service is another major step toward knocking down regional barriers and seamlessly moving people between Kansas and Missouri. We applaud Johnson County for making this quality of life investment.”

 

Ozone Alert! Issued for Thursday, June 16

Posted on: Jun 15, 2016

RIDEKC OFFERS 75¢ BUS RIDES

(Kansas City, Mo. – June 16, 2016) Tomorrow, Thursday, June 16, is an Ozone Alert!

RideKC will offer 75¢ bus rides on local and express routes tomorrow to promote healthy air quality.

Please remind your audience that they can help clear the air in Kansas City by riding the bus instead of driving, even for short trips.

More information and an online trip planner are available at www.ridekc.org, or by calling (816) 221-0660.  The Regional Call Center offers trip planning assistance weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.  

 

FIRST OZONE ALERT OF 2016 ISSUED FOR WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15

Posted on: Jun 14, 2016

RIDEKC OFFERS 75¢ BUS RIDES

(Kansas City, Mo. – June 14, 2016) Wednesday, June 15, is an Ozone Alert! To promote healthy air quality, RideKC cuts the cost of riding the bus in half during an Ozone Alert. 

Ditching the car for a bus on Ozone Alert days can help cut auto emissions, which are a major contributor to ground-level ozone. By riding the bus instead of driving, people can help reduce the amount of ozone in the air. Area transit providers offer 75¢ bus rides during all Ozone Alerts between June 1 and September 30.

Since automobiles produce more than one-third of the emissions associated with ground-level ozone, reducing driving is a good way to help improve air quality. Ozone Alerts are issued when ground-level ozone reaches high levels.

These levels are dangerous for people with respiratory problems, as well as for healthy adults and children playing, working and exercising outdoors. Ozone’s harmful effects can include eye, nose and throat irritation; chest pain; coughing; nausea; and headaches. Ozone can also trigger asthma attacks, permanently damaging a person’s lungs. Children, senior citizens, those working or playing outdoors, and people with respiratory disease are at a higher risk from ozone exposure.

Ozone Alert days are noted on buses’ overhead signs. They are also broadcast by local media outlets. To plan the day’s commute by bus call the Regional Call Center at (816) 221-0660 on weekdays between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. You can also visit http://www.ridekc.org to look up routes and schedules or use the Trip Planner.  The ozone forecast is available at 816-701-8287, at http://www.marc.org, on www.twitter.com at @airqkc, and most local weather forecasts.

 

A story time on the bus? Shh…It’s a surprise

Posted on: Jun 07, 2016

The following is a news release from the Kansas City Kanas Public Library.

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Surprise story times are popping up on buses around Kansas City, Kansas.  During the month of June, riders on the 101 bus route may get to hear a story read by local athletes and community leaders including Mayor Mark Holland and a member of the roller derby.  These individuals will be appearing at unannounced times as part of Kansas City, Kansas Public Library’s (KCKPL) Stories on the Bus program to promote summer reading and the upcoming Library in the Park.

The Stories on the Bus program was conceived by Outreach Librarian Louisa Whitfield-Smith who was inspired by the 2016 Newbery Award-winning Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña. “When we step into a library or onto a public bus, we open ourselves to serendipity. True to the spirit of Matt de la Peña’s powerful Last Stop on Market Street, Stories on the Bus is a joyful celebration of that serendipity, of the power of stories to connect us across our community.” 

The final phase of the program will include a live performance of Last Stop on Market Street as Mr. de la Peña reads the book out loud to children chosen from the USD 500 school district. The children will board a bus at Quindaro Elementary and ride to KCKPL Main Library as KC MeltingPot actors take on the roles of characters in the book.  Mr. de la Peña will also be present at Library in the Park on September 17 to sign and read from his book.  1000 free copies will be given away to attendees.

Stories on the Bus are the result of a partnership between Kansas City, Kansas Public Library, Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA), and Unified Government Transit (UG Transit). “Stories on the Bus is a wonderful celebration of reading and of riding transit,” said KCATA President and CEO Robbie Makinen. “We are proud to partner with the library to share fun and interesting story times for our riders as they travel to jobs, schools, entertainment, and healthcare.”  UG Transit Department Director, Justus Walker added, “Unified Government Transit is honored to collaborate on a project that promotes reading and literacy in our community.”

For updates on the Stories on the Bus program, follow KCKPL on Facebook (facebook.com/kckpubliclibrary), Twitter (@kckpl), or Instagram (@kckpubliclibrary).  You can also check the hashtag #storiesonthebus.

 

About Kansas City, Kansas Public Library

Kansas City, Kansas Public Library was formed in 1895.  In 1899, it came under the authority of the Kansas City, Kansas Public School District Board of Education and remains there today.   It serves a population of 159,129.  The mission of Kansas City, Kansas Public Library is to connect members of a dynamic community with information, tools, resources, and welcoming spaces to enrich lives in Wyandotte County.  The library can be found online at kckpl.org

About Kansas City Area Transportation Authority

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority is dedicated to connecting people to opportunities throughout the Greater Kansas City metropolitan region. Created in 1965 through special state legislative action in both Missouri and Kansas, the KCATA today operates a fleet of more than 270 Metro buses providing more than 54,000 customer trips per weekday.

About Unified Government Transit

Unified Government Transit operates local fixed route transit service along major travel corridors in Kansas City, KS, complementary ADA paratransit throughout Wyandotte County for eligible persons with disabilities; as well as Non-ADA senior paratransit and Meals on Wheels for eligible senior citizens throughout Wyandotte County.

 

Discounted Bus Fares Help Battle Regional Air Pollution

Posted on: Jun 03, 2016

(Kansas City, Mo. – June 3, 2016) When the air gets hot and heavy this summer, there’s a way to save money and help the environment.

During the months of June through September, RideKC 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 RideKC. The reduced fares will be available regionally on local and express routes served by in KCATA, Johnson County Transit, Unified Government Transit and IndeBus.

Ditching the car for a bus on Ozone Alert days can help cut auto emissions, which are a major contributor to ground-level ozone.

Ozone’s harmful effects can include eye, nose and throat irritation; chest pain; coughing; nausea; and headaches. Ozone can also trigger asthma attacks, permanently damaging a person’s lungs. Many people are sensitive to ozone, especially while being active outdoors. Children, senior citizens, those working or playing outdoors, and people with respiratory disease are at a higher risk from ozone exposure.

Ozone Alert days are noted on many buses’ overhead signs. They are also broadcast by local media outlets. The ozone forecast is available at (913) 383-7557, at http://www.marc.org, on www.twitter.com at @airqkc, and most local weather forecasts.

“The reduced fares are a great way the entire region can join together to reduce the harmful effects of air pollution,” KCATA Chief Communications Officer Cindy Baker said. “Not only are our riders saving at least 50 percent on bus fare, they are helping our environment.”

Riders  can be ready to use the reduced fare by planning their trips now.  Customers can plan their trip and learn how to travel with RideKC at http://ridekc.org/. The Regional Call Center offers route and schedule information for all RideKC bus service at (816) 221-0660. The center is open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays. 

 

Metropolitan Community College Joins U-Pass

Posted on: May 25, 2016

Metropolitan Community College students can travel RideKC buses for free — and not just to school — starting this fall 

Metropolitan Community College students will get a valuable new benefit when the fall semester starts in August: Their MCC student ID will double as an all-access RideKC bus pass — at no additional cost to the students.

The unlimited bus service is a two-year pilot program and a partnership between MCC and the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority. MCC’s Board of Trustees approved the program May 19; the KCATA Board of Commissioners approved it today (May 25).

The U-Pass, as it is known, will provide full-time and part-time MCC students, who are enrolled in courses for credit, with free, unlimited access to all RideKC transit, including bus service operated by KCATA, Johnson County Transit and Independence. The U-Pass is not available to noncredit program students.

MCC has about 18,000 students a semester attending five campuses on the Missouri side of the Kansas City area, including the Northland, Independence and Lee’s Summit.

Shannon Johnson, an MCC-Penn Valley student, says U-Pass sounds good to her “because I spend between $25 and $50 a month buying a bus pass, and it gets a little hard because my mom pays for it. This would be a lot easier on the family.”

Johnson, who’s working on an associate degree in criminal justice, says there were days last fall when “if I didn’t have a bus pass I couldn’t get to class.”

MCC leaders view the transit program as one more way to support student success.

“We have many motivated students for whom transportation becomes a barrier to completing their studies at MCC,” says Kathrine Swanson, vice chancellor for student success and engagement. There are prospective students, too, who can’t attend college because of transportation challenges.

“MCC continues to seek ways to provide our students with the resources needed to get the most out of their educational experience,” Swanson says. “Sometimes the needed resources are beyond the traditional academic supports.”  

Shelley Temple Kneuvean, vice chancellor for financial and administrative services, says the program is a win-win for both the College and the KCATA. It will ultimately “benefit the thousands of MCC students as they become riders of KCATA's transportation system,” she says.  

“There is a strategic alignment between MCC's mission to ensure higher education is within the reach of all people and KCATA's mission to provide high-quality public transportation throughout the region,” Kneuvean says. “By providing unlimited access for our students to the region’s public transportation system, we are able to maximize this opportunity for all five of our campuses.”

“This partnership is an easy way to give MCC students access to the whole region through RideKC transit service,” says KCATA President/CEO Robbie Makinen. “We’re excited to connect college students to the entire region through quality, accessible transit. Students will be able to access not only their education, but also job opportunities and the city’s rich cultural life.”

All five MCC campuses are served by at least one RideKC route, with connections to routes all over the region. MCC-Penn Valley is served direct by five routes, and is within walking distance of the Main St. MAX. 

A monthly RideKC pass costs $50 for local service or $95 for express service. But for commuters who switch from driving a car to taking a bus, the savings can be in the thousands of dollars a year.

RideKC offers more than 90 routes throughout the Kansas City region. Metropolitan Community College is working with KCATA to more closely align bus schedules with campus class schedules.

 

National Awards Honor KCATA For Safety and Security Efforts

Posted on: May 16, 2016

(Kansas City, Mo. – May 16, 2016) The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority won top national honors this weekend for its efforts to bolster bus safety on the road and protect bus passengers and operators from assaults.

The American Public Transportation Association, the country’s top transit advocacy group, gave the KCATA both its Gold Award for Safety and its Gold Award for Security. The KCATA won the award in the category for transit agencies with between 4 million and 20 million annual passenger trips.

“We are honored that our work in safety and security has been recognized nationally,” said Robbie Makinen, the authority’s president and chief executive officer. “This award demonstrates the KCATA doesn’t just talk about safety and security – it acts. Safety and security are the KCATA’s top priorities.”

The KCATA won the safety award for a program phased in since 2013 that was aimed at reducing bus accidents. The program emphasized the five ‘Es:’ engineering, education, enforcement, encouragement and evaluation. Among other things, the KCATA fitted its bus fleet with accelerometers to better follow driving behaviors.

The authority also adopted new policies that toughened the possible consequences regarding cell phone use, distracted driving, and yielding to pedestrians at crosswalks.

As a result, the agency’s bus crash rate dropped in 2015, for the first time in 3 years.

The KCATA also won the public transportation’s association Gold Award for steps it’s taken to keep operators and riders safe on the bus system.

Earlier this year, the KCATA signed an agreement with the Kansas City Police Department to hire two full-time uniformed transit officers to complement 39 off-duty police officers who patrol the bus system. The full-time officers – who are in police uniforms and patrol cars – give the KCATA the ability to immediately respond to incidents whenever they arise, whether it’s on a bus, a transit stop or on agency property.

The authority established new rules imposing bans for passenger misconduct. The rules ban passengers for physical abuse of KCATA employees or customers, indecent exposure and disruptive behavior endangering the operation of the bus, among other factors. Six people have already been barred from the bus in Kansas City.

The KCATA also stresses safety training to avoid conflicts. Last year, the KCATA sent 460 operators through assault prevention and conflict-resolution training offered by Rutgers University’s National Training Institute. The KCATA was the first agency in the nation to take part in the training. The course helped drivers identify when they might be most vulnerable and how they can defuse an explosive situation with an angry passenger.

 

New Late-Night Service Coming to Main Street MAX

Posted on: May 12, 2016

Schedule: Friday - Saturday [PDF]

Starting Friday, May 13, late-night service will be introduced on Main Street MAX, one of Kansas City’s premier bus rapid transit routes connecting to the new downtown streetcar.

The expanded bus service will now be available until 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights. It will parallel the operations for the downtown streetcar, which also stops running at 2 a.m.

The last Main Street MAX bus currently leaves downtown at 11:37 p.m. on Friday and 12:06 a.m. on Saturday. It operates from 3rd & Grand downtown to 74th Terrace & Broadway in Waldo.

Riders catching the southbound bus at Union Station after midnight must board on the northbound side of the street across from the downtown streetcar platform. And some late-night northbound trips into downtown will not go farther than Union Station. Please see the online schedules or information at the stops for more detailed information. New schedules will not be printed at this time, but updated information is available at http://www.ridekc.org and in the Google Maps trip planner.

Expanded night service will improve better access to jobs in the downtown area, the Westport entertainment district, the Crossroads area and the Country Club Plaza.

It also will offer enhanced transit connections for out-of-town visitors and help riders easily transfer between buses and the streetcar.

More late-night bus service is coming in July when the hours are expanded for Troost MAX and 47-Broadway.

For further information, contact the Regional Call Center at (816) 221-0660 weekdays 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

 

KCAI Students To Travel RideKC Transit With U-Pass

Posted on: May 03, 2016

(Kansas City, Mo. – May 3, 2016) Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) and the Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) are forming a partnership to provide an all-access transit pass to university students. 

Last week the KCATA Board of Commissioners approved an agreement to provide KCAI students with a pass for all RideKC transit, including KCATA, Johnson County Transit, Unified Government Transit and Independence, Mo.

KCAI students will begin using their student identification to ride transit beginning with the fall semester. There are approximately 630 students enrolled at the school.

“This partnership is an easy way to give KCAI students access to the whole region through RideKC transit service,” said KCATA President/CEO Robbie Makinen. “We’re excited to connect university students to the entire region through quality, accessible transit. Students will be able to access not only their education, but also job opportunities and the city’s rich cultural life.”

The school is close to the Main Street MAX line, and within walking distance to 47-Broadway and 39-39th Street.

RideKC offers more than 90 routes throughout the Kansas City region. University of Missouri-Kansas City has provided the U-Pass program to their students since 2011. KCATA is pursuing similar arrangements with other area post-secondary schools. 

 

Kansas City Region Offering Free Bus Fares To Celebrate Downtown Streetcar Opening

Posted on: May 02, 2016

(Kansas City, Mo. – May 2, 2016) The Kansas City region will join together offering free bus fares on Friday, May 6, in celebration of the historic opening of the new downtown Kansas City streetcar.

The streetcar will be free when it opens. And for one day, fares on all bus routes serving Kansas City, Johnson County, Wyandotte County and Independence will be free, too.

“We are so excited to be part of this watershed event for downtown Kansas City,” said Robbie Makinen, president and chief executive officer of the KCATA. “We hope our residents will use this opportunity to ride the bus and connect with the streetcar to get a taste of what a seamless, regional transit system might be like in the future.”

Kansas City is marking the opening of the new streetcar line with a grand opening celebration at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 6, to launch the inaugural streetcar ride.

There are more than three dozen bus routes connecting to the downtown streetcar from across the region. Popular routes linking to the streetcar include:

The bus stops for these routes are subject to detour the two days of the streetcar celebration. Check RideKC.org for details.

RideKC bus service shares an elevated boarding platform and real-time arrival signs with KC Streetcar at 19th & Main. Real-time arrival information is also displayed at the Union Station boarding platform.  Riders can board buses approximately 100 feet north of the streetcar platform at Union Station.

 

KCATA Board of Commissioners Approves Expanded Night Service

Posted on: Mar 24, 2016

(Kansas City, Mo. – March 24, 2016) The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority Board of Commissioners on Wednesday approved expanded late-night bus service connecting to the downtown streetcar and serving key employment centers and entertainment venues in Kansas City.

The new later service on Friday and Saturday nights will be available on three major KCATA routes: Main Street MAX, Troost MAX and the 47-Broadway. The service will be extended until 2 the following morning, giving riders roughly an extra four to five more roundtrips per route each day. Rather than diminishing or replacing the community’s desire for bus transit, KCATA has had requests for additional service as the start of streetcar service nears.

Expanded hours on Friday and Saturday nights are scheduled to start May 13, a week after the streetcar starts operating. The new late-night bus service will match the streetcar schedule, which also ends at 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

The last Main Street MAX bus currently leaves downtown at 11:37 p.m. on Friday and 12:06 a.m. on Saturday. The last Troost MAX bus now leaves downtown at 11:42 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. The last Broadway bus leaves downtown at about 10:15 on Friday and Saturday nights. 47-Broadway Late Night will be shortened during the expanded late-night hours. The Broadway Late Night route will end at 47th Street. Late night service on Troost MAX travels to Troost & 75th Street. The Main Street MAX route travels to 75th & Wornall in Waldo.

Expanded night service will improve better access to jobs in the downtown area, the Westport entertainment district, Hospital Hill, the Crossroads area and the Country Club Plaza. It also will offer enhanced transit connections for out-of-town visitors and help riders easily transfer between buses and the streetcar. The streetcar also will stop operating at 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.

“This is a golden opportunity to make bus service more convenient than ever before,” said Robbie Makinen, chief executive officer and president of the KCATA.

“Our new service will help people get to work at odd hours when transportation can be hard to find. Plus, it will provide new ways of reaching entertainment hot spots at convenient times without the hassle of driving.” Makinen said. “This is just another example of how the KCATA is leading the way in finding new and innovative ways to make transit seamless and easy to use in the greater Kansas City region.”

 

Public Invited to Address Proposed Bus Service Changes

Posted on: Feb 10, 2016

(Kansas City, Mo. – Feb. 10, 2016) The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority is seeking public comment on a series of proposed bus service changes affecting five routes in different parts of the city.

Four meetings are scheduled – two for Feb. 11 and the others for Feb. 18 – to collect input for service changes on these routes: 32-Linwood Link, 39-39th Street, 54-Armour/Paseo, and 173-Casino Cruiser. (See below for details.)

KCATA planners will explain the proposed changes at the meetings. The meetings will give the public a chance to ask questions and comment on the proposed revisions.  Draft schedules will be available at the meetings, and at http://www.ridekc.org beginning Feb. 11.

Each meeting will focus on the changes occurring near the location of the meeting. However, KCATA staff can answer questions about any of the affected routes.

If customers can’t attend a meeting, comments and questions can be submitted by calling 816-346-0300 or by email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Comments can also be mailed to the Planning Department, KCATA, 1200 E. 18th St., Kansas City, Missouri 64108.

The KCATA also will hold a series of open forums where riders can discuss the proposed service changes, as well as any issue related to bus operations. Dates and times of those sessions can be found at http://www.ridekc.org.

Summary of service changes

32-Linwood Link: Route will be extended westward from Main Street & Linwood Boulevard to Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley at 31st & Pennsylvania. The route will continue west on Linwood to 33rd and Pennsylvania then north on Pennsylvania to 31st & Pennsylvania before returning eastbound. Buses will also offer direct service to the Veterans Administration Hospital. Some bus stops also will be removed so riders will receive swifter, safer and smoother service.

39-39th Street: The overall frequency on the route is being increased to accommodate the number of passenger boardings. On weekdays, buses would run every 15 minutes, instead of every 20 minutes. On Saturday, buses will run every 30 minutes instead of every 15 minutes. Sunday will remain unchanged. This is the only route that had more frequent service on Saturdays than on weekdays.

The route also will be changed in several areas in order to serve more people and provide faster service. 39 will no longer use 43rd Street and Kensington Avenue. Instead, the route would continue south on Cleveland to 45th then travel the existing route at 45th Street.

The route also will no longer serve the area south of 39th Street on Oakley Avenue, East 40th Street and Topping Avenue. Instead, the route will go north of 39th Street, using Topping and Leeds Trafficway to serve Harvesters, Hiland Dairy Foods and provide better access to St. Michael’s Veterans Center Apartments. Service also will be increased so the area will have transit service at midday and on weekends. Some stops also will be removed along the route so riders will receive swifter, safer and smoother service.

54-Armour/Paseo: The route will travel on Grand Avenue in downtown and extend north to 3rd Street & Grand. The route will no longer stop at the 10th & Main transit center. The route change is part of an effort to concentrate north-south bus service on Grand Avenue so it’s easier for riders to locate. Some stops also will be removed along the route so riders will receive swifter, safer and smoother service.

173-Casino Cruiser: Downtown route changes are being considered to avoid anticipated construction downtown and at Missouri 210 and Interstate 435. The KCATA is surveying riders about possible changes. Proposals for changing the route will be based on passenger input. 

 

Former Raytown Mayor, Transit Advocate Appointed to KCATA Board of Commissioners

Posted on: Feb 10, 2016

(Kansas City, Mo. – Feb. 9, 2016) David Bower, former two-term mayor of Raytown and a leader on regional transit initiatives, has been named to the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority’s Board of Commissioners.

Jackson County Executive Frank White appointed Bower last week to represent Jackson County.

Bower, 61, has more than 25 years of public service experience, including two terms as Raytown mayor from 2007 to 2015.  During his time as mayor, Bower was actively involved in efforts promoting regionalism. He served as a board member of the Mid-America Regional Council from 2008 to 2015, including three years as an executive board member.

He currently serves as a member of the Regional Transit Coordinating Council, which maps out transit strategy for the Kansas City area. In 2008, Bower was a co-leader in a regional effort to organize local elected officials to develop feasible transit plans.

As mayor, Bower overhauled the city’s police pension plan to save hundreds of thousands of dollars. He also focused the city’s attention on redevelopment efforts to expand the city’s tax base in the long term.

Bower has a bachelor’s degrees in architecture and construction science from Kansas State University.

 

KCATA, Kansas City Police Department to Sign Agreement Providing Transit Police

Posted on: Jan 25, 2016

(Kansas City, Mo. – Jan. 25, 2015) Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forte will join the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority on Wednesday, Jan. 27 to sign a landmark agreement dedicating transit officers to Kansas City’s bus system.

The agreement between the KCATA and the Kansas City Police Department for the first time will give the KCATA two full-time police officers to safeguard the thousands who count on public transportation to get around.

The two new full-time officers will complement the 39 off-duty police officers, who provide up to 100 hours a week of protection depending on officer availability. Also, the KCATA will hire a full time public safety manager with a law enforcement background.

The new transit officers will give the KCATA the ability to immediately and rapidly respond around the clock to any incident.

The security agreement will be signed at the KCATA’s monthly Board of Commissioners meeting at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 27 in the board room of the agency’s administrative offices at 1200 E. 18th St. Forte will sign the agreement along with KCATA Board of Commissioners Chairman Steve Klika.

 “This will be a historic first for the KCATA,” said Sam Desue, chief operating officer for the KCATA. “While assaults represent just a fraction of the more than 15 million passenger trips taken each year, we are intent on protecting our passengers and drivers.”

Under the proposed agreement with the police department, the transit officers dedicated to the KCATA will be in police uniforms and patrol the bus system in Kansas City police cars. They will be responsible for the security of passengers and drivers on the buses and at transit stops, as well as the KCATA’s staff and property.

 The transit officers will supplement the off-duty officers, who will continue providing protection for the riding public. This year, the KCATA will double the amount of money it will spend on overall bus security.

 “Our bus system is safe,” Desue said. “Our bold, new agreement with the Kansas City Police Department illustrates our commitment to ensuring public transportation remains safe. It also sends a message that we will not tolerate any illegal activity on our buses.”

 

Regional Leaders Celebrate New Transit Service Connecting Johnson/Wyandotte Counties

Posted on: Jan 14, 2016

       (Kansas City, Mo. – Jan. 14, 2015) Regional leaders will celebrate the start of new transit service linking Wyandotte and Johnson counties with a special ribbon-tying event on Friday, Jan. 15, near the University of Kansas Medical Center.

          Officials from the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, Wyandotte County and Johnson County will tie a ribbon that marks the new transit connection between the two counties at a ceremony scheduled for Friday, Jan 15, at 39th Street and Rainbow Boulevard.

The ceremony begins at 8:50 a.m. and lasts until 9:10 a.m. The event officially kicks off the extension of the 7th Street/Parallel Service from 43rd Avenue and Booth Street to the Mission Transit Center in Johnson County. The event is timed specifically to coincide with the simultaneous arrival of northbound and southbound 107 buses at that location.

          The event will feature Mark Holland, mayor of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County, and Steve Klika of the Johnson County Commission. Dick Jarrold, senior vice president of regional planning and development for the KCATA will preside as master of ceremonies.

          Wyandotte County, Johnson County and the KCATA partnered to develop the service expansion, which fills a key gap in public transportation.

          The entire route operates from the transit center at 47th Street and State Avenue in Kansas City, Ks., to the University of Kansas Medical Center and on to Mission. The route includes downtown Kansas City, Ks., at 7th Street and Minnesota Avenue.

          The new service extends the current 107-7th Street/Parallel route 3.5 miles south from 43rd Avenue and Booth Street to the Mission Transit Center at 5251 Johnson Drive.

          Operating hourly each weekday, the expanded service provides four roundtrips in the morning and four more in the afternoon between Mission and the medical center.

          Currently, there are only two one-way northbound trips in the morning to the medical center from Mission and two one-way southbound trips in the afternoon.

          The expanded service will give Wyandotte County residents better access to jobs via the Mission Transit Center, which offers connections to major Johnson County employers.

          In Johnson County, the new service will give residents better access to the medical center complex, where roughly 10,000 people work each day. The new service will relieve parking demands in an area where there are only about 5,000 parking slots.

 

Join Us: 107 Ribbon-Tying Event

Posted on: Jan 08, 2016

You Are Invited to Celebrate 

Friday, January 15
8:50 - 9:10 AM 

Route 107 New Johnson-Wyandotte County Connection - Special Ribbon-Tying Event
On Rainbow at 39th, near KU Medical Center Bus Stop
North and South 107 buses arrive between event times.

See the new 107 schedule.


 

 

KCATA Statement On Agency Leadership

Posted on: Dec 16, 2015

(Kansas City, Mo. – Dec. 16, 2015) The Board of Commissioners of the KCATA congratulates Joe Reardon on being asked to lead the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.

Robbie Makinen, Chairman, Board of Commissioners:  “The Greater Kansas City Chamber has made an excellent choice in selecting Joe Reardon.  He remains a leader in bringing the greater community together to tackle regional issues. With Joe’s recent leadership and work at the KCATA, we know that public transportation and the benefits it provides will continue to be a priority for the region.”

Joe Reardon, President & CEO:  “I have enjoyed the opportunity to work with the board, staff, and employees at KCATA.  We have made significant progress in continuing to forward the board’s visionary agenda to fully develop the regional transportation authority. I am especially proud that over the last year we have solidified strong partnerships to manage transit services for a number of communities, including Johnson County, Kansas and Independence, Missouri.

Additionally, we developed a new partnership with Jackson County, Missouri to jointly acquire the 17-mile long Rock Island Corridor. Our transit oriented development strategy continues to make progress as we near completion of a successful development agreement with Briarcliff Development for a mixed-use development at 3rd and Grand.  Finally, our micro transit public/private partnership with Boston-based Bridj will deploy its Pilot Project in Kansas City in the first quarter of 2016. This will mark the first such partnership in the US.”

Reardon: “I am confident that with the continued strong leadership of the board, Robbie Makinen in the role of interim President/CEO, and Sam Desue as Chief Operating Officer, the KCATA will continue to progress in its regional transit strategy.” 

Robbie Makinen has served as the KCATA Board Chairman for nearly five years. Robbie’s ability to build relationships has been instrumental in KCATA’s success to create closer ties among transportation agencies in the area, critical to having a unified, metro-wide public transit system as envisioned with the ATA was create in the 1960s. Makinen was key to the formation of the Regional Transit Coordinating Council (RTCC), which he co-chairs. This group not only includes transit partners, but elected officials and other influential stakeholders from both sides of the state line. As a result of the RTCC, impactful regional initiatives are underway, such as the regional transit brand RideKC, a regional fare strategy, expanding and improving regional paratransit and more coordinated transit funding strategies.

 

 

Thanksgiving Transit Service

Posted on: Nov 23, 2015

Bus Service to Plaza Lights and Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies

(Kansas City, Mo. – Nov. 23, 2015) Metro buses will operate on the Sunday/Holiday schedule for Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 26. The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority’s Regional Call Center, administrative offices and customer service lobby also will be closed for Thanksgiving. Johnson County, IndeBus and Unified Government Transit will not offer service on Thanksgiving. Regular weekday service will resume Friday, Nov. 27, for KCATA, IndeBus and Unified Government Transit. Johnson County will offer reduced holiday schedules on Friday, Nov. 27. Schedule details are available at www.ridekc.org.

Plaza Lights on Thursday, Nov. 26 

Customers can take the MAX or Metro to the Plaza Lighting Ceremony on Thanksgiving. The Main Street MAX Orange Line operates on a Sunday/Holiday schedule, providing service every 30 minutes throughout the day. The last regularly scheduled northbound bus headed toward downtown leaves The Plaza from 47th Street & Main at 12:10 a.m. The last southbound bus headed toward Brookside and Waldo leaves the Plaza from 47th Street & Main at 11:34 p.m.

Plaza service on Main Street MAX, 35-35th Street, 47-Broadway and 57-Wornall will reroute around The Plaza because of expected traffic congestion. The routes will still take customers close to the lighting festivities. All of the reroutes will begin at 6 p.m. and end when traffic clears at about 11 p.m. See www.ridekc.org for detailed information about the reroutes.

Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting on Friday, Nov. 27

On Friday, Nov. 27, bus routes that usually serve Crown Center via Grand Avenue will be rerouted from 3 p.m. to midnight because of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. The lighting ceremony starts at 5:30 p.m. Customers can call 816-221-0660 to find a nearby Metro bus stop.

Bus service that will be rerouted include Main Street MAX Orange Line, 34X-Shoal Creek-Liberty Express, 36X-Gladstone Express, 37X-N. Broadway Express, 54-Armour-Paseo, 129-Broadway-KCI, 132-Gracemor, 135-Winnwood/69 Hwy, and 142-North Oak.

For further information, customers may call the Regional Call Center at 816-221-0660 weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. or visit www.ridekc.org

 

KCATA Experiences Record-Breaking Ridership For Royal Celebration

Posted on: Nov 03, 2015

(Kansas City, Mo. – Nov. 3, 2015) Congratulations to our Champion Kansas City Royals and to parade planners for the celebration of a lifetime.

A quarter of the region’s population converged on downtown today, and by all reports it was an amazing Kansas City crowd. Nearly 200,000 rides were provided on the free shuttles and regular routes, shattering previous ridership records. With a transit system that shares the road with cars, we were challenged by the same gridlock that every other driver encountered.

All of KCATA’s 256 buses were dedicated to the shuttle service, supplemented by 125 school buses and 40 Johnson County buses.

“This was a special day for our Kansas City Royals and our entire region,” said Joe Reardon, President & CEO of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority. “Even with crowded stops and long rides, we appreciated that people kept a positive attitude. Everyone was delivered safely on a history making day for our city.”

KCATA worked with KCMO police to ensure that people remained safe as they moved into and out of the downtown area.  Shuttle rides were completed by 6 p.m.

 

88 Metro Bus Operators ‘Distinguished’ As the Best in Safety and Customer Service

Posted on: Oct 28, 2015

(Kansas City, Mo. – Oct. 28, 2015) The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) will honor 88 Metro bus operators during the 31st annual Distinguished Drivers Awards Ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 29.

The 2015 award recipients met rigid criteria that emphasize driver safety, customer service, reliability and attendance in a 12-month period. Metro operators are eligible for the honor if they have:

The Distinguished Drivers ceremony honors operators in several categories. The Grand Master Driver award will be given to an operator who has earned distinguished driver status for 10 years; the Master Driver recognition will be awarded to five operators earning five years as a distinguished driver; the remaining 82 operators earned distinguished driver status during the current program year.

2015 Grand Master Driver

- Ray Wallace

2015 Master Drivers

- Jacqueline Elmore

- Carron Kearney

- David Lemons

- Eric Rowe

- Aaron Toney

 

KCATA Holds Meetings About Upcoming Service Changes

Posted on: Oct 21, 2015

(Kansas City, Mo. – Oct. 20, 2015) The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority will hold several public meetings to discuss proposed service changes that would take effect in 2016. Changes would affect KCATA routes and Johnson County Transit routes.

Affected routes include:
15-Truman Road
35-35th Street
NEW: 40-Crossroads-Plaza
47-Broadway
51-Ward Parkway
101-State Avenue Connex
107-7th Street
109-9th Street
201-Downtown Airport
660-Antioch-Downtown
661-Olathe Xpress
664-Metcalf-Downtown
667-Nall-Downtown
670-Gardner-OP Xpress
672-JoCo-Downtown Midday
673-South OP Xpress
678-Shawnee Xpress

At the meetings, KCATA will offer details of the proposed changes, and provide an opportunity for customers to ask questions and comment on the changes. Draft schedules will be available for review and comment at the meetings, and at http://www.ridekc.orghttp://www.ridekc.org=”“> beginning Oct. 26. The following meeting times are intended to allow customers to review and comment on changes that affect them. It is not necessary to attend the entire meeting or to be at the short presentation in order to discuss the changes. Each meeting will focus on the changes occurring near the location of the meeting. However, KCATA staff will be available to answer questions on any of the other items.

http://www.ridekc.org=”“>Monday, Oct. 26, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., MainCor, 3215 Main St., Kansas City, Mo. (Short presentation at 11:30 a.m.) Focus: 35, 40, 51, and Stop Optimization.

http://www.ridekc.org=”“>Monday, Oct. 26, 5-7 p.m., Olathe Community Center, 1205 E. Kansas City Road, Olathe, Kan. Focus: Johnson County routes.

http://www.ridekc.org=”“>Wednesday, Oct. 28, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., University of Kansas Medical Center, Orr-Major Building, Room G004, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, Ks. (Short presentation at 11:30 a.m.) Focus: 107 extension.

http://www.ridekc.org=”“>Monday, Nov. 2, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-6 p.m., Kansas City Design Center, 1018 Baltimore Ave., Kansas City, Mo. (Short presentations at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.) Focus: All proposed changes.

http://www.ridekc.org=”“>Customers may also submit comments by phone at 816-346-0300, by email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or in writing to the Planning Department, KCATA, 1200 East 18th St., Kansas City, MO 64108.

http://www.ridekc.org=”“>Summary of service changes

http://www.ridekc.org=”“>Changes to KCATA service would be effective Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016.

http://www.ridekc.org=”“>Several routes will change according to the Downtown Service Improvement Plan that has been previously presented. The plan includes modifying routes in downtown along Grand Boulevard and 11th and 12th streets, forming Transit Emphasis Corridors (TEC) to simplify, accelerate, and improve downtown transit service. This will also make for easier connections between bus routes and streetcar service. This includes routes 15, 47, 51, 109. The Johnson County Transit routes would travel east on 12th, south on Grand, west on 27th, north on Main, and west on Pershing.

http://www.ridekc.org=”“>In response to community and customer requests, transit service will be added to Broadway in downtown and through the Crossroads, with a direct connection to the Plaza. This includes changes to 35, 51, 201 and a new route, 40.

http://www.ridekc.org=”“>A handful of routes will undergo stop optimization, the selective removal of bus stops. This will provide a smoother ride and help buses arrive on time. The biggest factor in removing a stop is low ridership at a specific stop. Other factors include safety, the location of nearby stops, availability of benches and shelters, and sidewalk and street conditions. This includes routes 15, 35, 51, 109.

http://www.ridekc.org=”“>101-State Avenue Connex will change to use current reroute on Wyandotte.

http://www.ridekc.org=”“>107-7th Street will add service to Mission Transit Center in Johnson County, Ks. These extended trips will operate every 60 minutes during rush hours, providing connections between Johnson County Transit service, KU Medical Center, and downtown Kansas City, Ks.

 

New Regional Website Launched for Transit Service Across Metro Area

Posted on: Oct 20, 2015

(Kansas City, Mo. – Oct. 19, 2015) For the first time, Kansas City now has a single website dedicated to public transportation in the metro area.

No more culling through multiple websites to find bus service in Kansas City. The new RideKC website, which was launched Oct. 15, gives bus riders one location to find information about routes, schedules and fares for every corner of the Kansas City region, whether it’s downtown Kansas City, Johnson County, Wyandotte County or Independence.

The new website – ridekc.org  – is part of a regional effort to create one seamless transit system that easily connects people to opportunity regardless of where they live. It’s part of an ongoing regional effort to bring the area’s transit systems together under one tent, including rebranding all of the region’s buses and moving to a simpler fare structure.

Until now, bus riders wanting to learn about schedules and routes across the Kansas City area had to visit different websites to learn about routes, schedules and fares for transit agencies in Kansas City, Johnson County, Wyandotte County and Independence.

Now, RideKC will offer one source for all things transit, including service bulletins, outlets for purchasing bus passes, park-and-ride locations and much, much more.

For the first time, riders can find retail bus pass outlets, park-and-ride lots and transit centers geographically across the region. The web site will provide maps and addresses showing where each transit center and park-and-ride lot is located. It also will tell riders what routes serve each transit center and park-and-ride location.

Web designers will continue to refine the RideKC site over time. New features added to the site will be announced as they are developed.

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KCATA Buses to Reroute for Kansas City Marathon

Posted on: Oct 14, 2015

Customers Should Plan Ahead; Call Center Open Special Saturday Hours 

(Kansas City, Mo. – October 14, 2015) If getting to work this Saturday morning requires a transit trip, it’s likely your bus will be traveling an alternate route. Saturday morning, Oct. 17, the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority will reroute most buses throughout Kansas City for the Waddell & Reed Kansas City Marathon.

Customers are encouraged to plan ahead and travel early. To help customers the day of the race, the Regional Call Center at (816) 221-0660 will add special Saturday hours, from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Call Center is also open weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Reroute information is posted online.  Please note that Google Transit, transit.google.com, does not incorporate reroute information.

In order to help customers travel inside the area that is surrounded by the marathon, The Metro will operate shuttles. One will travel between Crown Center and 11th & Wyandotte. Another will travel between Waldo and The Plaza.

Twenty routes will be affected, including Main St. MAX and Troost MAX. Streets will be closed in Downtown, Crown Center, south Kansas City, midtown, and The Plaza. Street closures will begin at 3 a.m., and the race begins at 7:05 a.m.  Streets will reopen and buses will return to regular route as the race clears the affected areas.

 

KCATA Steps Up Economic Development Role, Selects Team for 3rd & Grand Project

Posted on: Oct 08, 2015

(Kansas City, Mo. – Oct. 8, 2015) The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) has selected a team to redevelop a downtown park-and-ride.

KCATA, in coordination with the Downtown Council, selected a group led by Briarcliff Development Co. to redevelop a 1.8-acre parcel at the northeast corner of Third Street and Grand Boulevard in the River Market area downtown. The Briarcliff team was among five teams that submitted proposals to redevelop the site. The firm now has 90 days beginning Oct. 1 to negotiate a final development agreement with the KCATA.

The land targeted for redevelopment is a surface parking lot with 193 spaces, 30 of which are designated for park-and-ride transit services. The property sits adjacent to the region’s first MAX bus rapid transit line and Kansas City’s new streetcar line, which is expected to begin operating in 2016.

The redevelopment project is a turning point for the agency, establishing a new role for fostering economic development across the region. The Third & Grand project will showcase how the KCATA can collaborate with developers across the region to incorporate transit into the design of their projects.

“This is an enormous opportunity,” said KCATA Chairman Robbie Makinen. “The Third & Grand project makes a defining statement that we can do more than operate buses. It should signal to the entire region that we can contribute to the region’s economic vitality - whether it’s with new development or connecting people to opportunity with public transit.”

The KCATA asked developers to craft a proposal blending retail, office and commercial development, a type of project commonly referred to a “transit oriented development” or “transit economic development.”  This kind of development generally includes a combination of office, retail, housing and other amenities that fit into walkable neighborhoods and are located within about a half-mile of public transportation.

          Formed in 1994, Briarcliff Development has completed more than $460 million in development, including 630,000 square feet of commercial space and 1,200 single- and multi-family residential units.  In 2006, the firm opened Briarcliff Village, which offers an array of mixed-use amenities such as shopping, restaurants and other services.

Other members of the development team include the architectural firm BNIM, whose wide range of projects include DST headquarters downtown, the renovation of Kansas City Power & Light’s headquarters in Kansas City, and the Environmental Protection Agency Region 7 headquarters in Lenexa.

The development group also includes Iconic Development, which specializes in historic renovation and new construction, design firm Clockwork, the investment management firm Jones Lange LaSalle, and the engineering firm Taliaferro & Browne.

 

Former Commissioner, Chairman Huvendick Passes Away

Posted on: Oct 07, 2015

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority is sad to announce that former Commissioner George Huvendick passed away on Oct. 4, 2015.

Commissioner Huvendick represented Leavenworth County, Kan., on the KCATA board for forty years, from 1966-1970 and 1978-2014. He served two four-year terms as Chairman in the 1980s and 1990s, and also served on the Board of Directors of the American Public Transportation Association.

“Commissioner Huvendick was influential in the formative years of the agency,” said Robbie Makinen, chairman of the KCATA Board of Commissioners. “In recent years, he also brought historical perspective as the agency strengthened its role as the region’s transportation authority. George demonstrated a strong commitment to the region and to Leavenworth County in his tenure as commissioner.”

A full obituary and details about services for Commissioner Huvendick are available online

 

Jackson County, KCATA Agree to Funding Deal to Purchase Rock Island Corridor

Posted on: Sep 30, 2015

SEPTEMBER 30, 2015 (KANSAS CITY, MO) –Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders and Kansas City Area Transportation Authority President and CEO Joe Reardon announced a cooperative agreement today that will provide the financing necessary for the future acquisition of the 17.7 miles of the Rock Island Corridor from Union Pacific Railroad.

"This is an historic step forward for our entire community. The significance of this announcement, and its potential to shape our county's growth for generations to come, cannot be overstated," said Sanders.

Dozens of supporters attended the announcement including community leaders, proponents of walking and biking, trail enthusiasts, and transit supporters. Kansas City Mayor Sly James, Raytown Mayor Mike McDonough, and Lee’s Summit Mayor Randy Rhoads, whose communities will be directly affected, attended the announcement to show their support.

“Imagine being able to leave your seat at the top of Arrowhead Stadium and get home before most cars leave the parking lot,” said Sanders.  “Imagine the economic development in Kansas City, Raytown and Lee’s Summit spurred by trailheads and transit stops.  Imagine connecting to the Katy Trail so that you can ride a bike from the Truman Sports Complex to the St. Louis Arch.”

The Rock Island project has received federal support in the past, and is ready for even more. U.S. Congressman Emanuel Cleaver hopes support comes soon.

"This announcement is a major step forward for our community," said Cleaver. "This partnership shows the federal government what local communities can do with leaders like Mike Sanders and Joe Reardon. Now it is time for the federal government to do its part and support worthy projects like the Rock Island corridor."  

KCATA will provide part of the funding to acquire the corridor.  The KCATA Board of Commissioners approved the cooperative agreement at a meeting shortly before the announcement.

“The opportunity to secure this invaluable corridor for public access and future transportation and development will benefit our entire region for years to come.  We are excited about our partnership with Jackson County.  I applaud Mike Sanders for his efforts to secure the Rock Island Corridor over the last four years without which we would not be where we are today,” said Reardon

While discussions with Union Pacific continue, the parties announced that they are nearing a final agreement.

"All major issues involving the acquisition of the Rock Island corridor have been agreed to. We anticipate having a final agreement very soon" said Sanders. “In addition, $10 million in federal funds has already been set aside to help clear the way for future construction on the trail.”

“Union Pacific is proud to be a partner in this project with Jackson County,” said Lindsey Douglas, Director of Public Affairs – KS & MO for Union Pacific.  “We have addressed the major points related to the purchase of the Rock Island line and expect to finalize the agreement soon.”

The corridor extends from the Truman Sports Complex southeast to Lee’s Summit. With plans already in place to extend the Katy Trail from Windsor to Pleasant Hill, only a small gap will remain to connect the corridor with the Katy Trail.

"Connecting the Rock Island corridor to the Katy Trail will make that trail one of the longest in our country," said Sanders. "The economic impact of the Katy Trail on mid-Missouri has been immense, generating almost $20 million annually for local economies."

Over 56,000 residents, 23,000 households and 25,000 jobs are within one mile of the Rock Island corridor.

 

KCATA, KC Streetcar Constructors Hold Event Thanking Bus Riders At 10th & Main Transit Center

Posted on: Sep 29, 2015

(Kansas City, Mo. - Sept. 29, 2015) – After a year of construction near one of Kansas City’s busiest transit stops, the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority and the Kansas City Streetcar Constructors want to express gratitude to a patient public.

This Thursday, Oct. 1, representatives from the KCATA and the Streetcar Constructors will greet the general public at the 10th & Main Transit Center to thank the public for sticking with us during the streetcar construction.

They will distribute light refreshments, water bottles, and KCATA swag from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. as a way of thanking everyone affected by the work at 10th & Main, a key transit hub where 19 Metro routes and eight Johnson County routes converge every weekday.

A short program scheduled for noon will include remarks from KCATA President and Chief Executive Officer Joe Reardon, Tom Gerend, executive director of the Kansas City Streetcar Authority and Jon Copaken, chairman of the Downtown Council Board of Directors.

Construction of the two-mile downtown streetcar route—running primarily on Main Street between the River Market and Union Station—started in May 2014. Work near the 10th & Main intersection started in June 2014 and ended earlier this year. The work required bus service to be rerouted at times and limited access to the transit center.

Work near 10th & Main included track installation, utility line relocation and water and sewer upgrades. Construction on the streetcar route is expected to be substantially complete by the end of October. The downtown streetcar is scheduled to start operating next year. 

 

Swifter, Smoother Service Goal Of New Pilot Project

Posted on: Sep 25, 2015

(Kansas City, Mo. – Sept. 24, 2015) Swift, smooth and safe. Those are the goals of a new pilot project under way at the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority to ensure quality bus service for thousands of riders.

Starting October 4, KCATA is strategically removing under-used bus stops along six routes. Reducing the number of stops and starts will provide a smoother ride and help keep buses on time. Phase I includes six routes for the improvements: 25-Troost, 24-Independence, 30-Northeast, 121-Cleveland/Antioch, 108-Indiana and 173-Casino Cruiser. The next phase will focus on downtown stops.

Bus stops selected for removal are based on a number of factors, including the number of boardings at those locations, the proximity of nearby stops, as well as safe access to the stops from the street and sidewalks. KCATA reviewed the number of people boarding at each bus stop. In some cases, the average number of daily boardings was at or near zero.

Removing closely placed stops that are rarely used should ensure buses operate on time and provide more reliability for transit riders. It also will allow KCATA to concentrate upkeep and improvements at stops where ridership is higher.

The effect of the pilot will reduce the number of bus stops clustered so closely together. For example, there are about nine bus stops every mile on the southbound Troost route. When the plan is implemented, there will be about five stops every mile. There are now about eight stops every mile on the Northeast route. After stops are removed, there will be about five stops every mile.

Chuck Ferguson, the KCATA’s chief planning officer, briefed the KCATA’s Board of Commissioners on the plan Wednesday afternoon.

He told the board that planners are eager for public comment for the proposed changes. “We are embracing the opportunity to engage the public on a plan we hope provides top-flight bus service,” Ferguson said. “The results of this pilot will help us plan for future stop improvements on other routes.           

Alerts are posted at each of the affected stops, notifying riders about the coming changes. Detailed information is also available online at http://www.kcata.org. Anyone with concerns can email the KCATA at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 816-346-0300 and leave a comment.

 

All Kansas City Buses Offering Wi-Fi In 2016

Posted on: Sep 21, 2015

(Kansas City, Mo. – Sept. 21, 2015) All Kansas City buses will be equipped with Wi-Fi next year when the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority expands the amenity to more than 200 buses.

Currently, 55 buses in the KCATA’s 263-vehicle fleet are fitted with Wi-Fi allowing riders to surf the Internet, check office email, update their Facebook status or Tweet without relying on their own data packages.

The KCATA started offering Wi-Fi services in early 2014, but it was only available on the MAX routes operating on Main Street and Troost Avenue, plus 22 other Metro buses.

The expansion of Wi-Fi is yet another reason for choosing to ride the bus whether someone is going to work, to school or to the store.

“We believe that an expanded offering of Wi-Fi services will make public transit even more attractive,” said Joe Reardon, the KCATA’s president and chief executive officer.

“Our riders can now more readily turn to the Internet at any time during their commute, a distinct advantage over driving since multi-tasking presents a clear hazard on the road.”

Adding Wi-Fi to the entire bus fleet should prove to be popular with the tech savvy millennial generation that places premium on being connected.

A 2013 survey done by the American Public Transportation Association revealed that 54 percent of millennials—ages 18 to 34—want their transportation options to include Wi-Fi everywhere they go within 10 years.

Forty-five percent of those surveyed said they wanted transportation options that are more connected and tech friendly within 10 years.

The poll of 1,000 people in six cities also found that 44 percent of millennials use public transportation so they can socialize online.

The study concluded that fully leveraging technology, including Wi-Fi, allows transit riders to be more spontaneous and helps undercut one key competitive advantage of the car.

“Our new Wi-Fi offerings will be a great new reason to turn to public transportation for your daily commute,” Reardon said.

Later this year, the KCATA will seek competitive proposals for the Wi-Fi service with a goal of getting it up and running in 2016.

 

Planned Prospect MAX Service Clears Key Funding Hurdle

Posted on: Sep 08, 2015

 

(Kansas City, Mo. – Sept. 8, 2015) The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) took a key step toward deploying faster and more reliable bus service on Prospect Avenue when the federal government recently cleared the proposed MAX route for project development.

The proposed $54 million Prospect MAX – modeled after what operates on Main Street and Troost Avenue – will now move out of advanced planning and into the project development phase after getting the okay from the Federal Transit Administration.

Approval to move into project development is the first official step toward securing federal funding for the project. Federal funding isn’t guaranteed. But approval to move ahead allows the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority to track project expenses and charge them to the federal government if the proposed MAX route receives federal money.

Transit planners have been looking to expand one of the city’s most popular bus services onto the Prospect Avenue corridor, one of the busiest transit routes in the region. Buses traveling the Prospect corridor are used more than 6,000 times each weekday.

The proposed Prospect MAX route is expected to cover about nine miles, extending from 75th Street into downtown Kansas City. The service will have stations every four to six blocks at 26 locations, instead of a stop at every block with the current service.

Bus rapid transit – nicknamed MAX for Metro Area Express – was introduced to Kansas City’s Main Street corridor in 2005 and it was later expanded into the Troost Avenue corridor in 2011. Compared to light rail on rubber tires, the introduction of MAX service in both corridors produced ridership gains without making a heavy rail investment.

Like the bus rapid transit routes on Main and Troost, Prospect MAX will offer faster bus service featuring sleek bus shelters with highly visible iconic markers and signs providing real-time arrival information. The MAX routes on Main and Troost have been popular among riders, and have resulted in new riders being introduced to other non-MAX bus routes.

 

KCATA Awarded For Regional Leadership, Communications Excellence

Posted on: Aug 27, 2015

(Kansas City, Mo. – August 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.

For the first time, the Kansas Public Transportation Association (KPTA) tapped the KCATA as Transit Service of the Year for introducing the regional RideKC brand that will unify all four regional transit agencies together under one umbrella.

 Launched late last year, RideKC will unify fragmented transit services in the Kansas City region with a new look and logo for public transportation throughout the area. The RideKC initiative also will include a single regional website for riders seeking information about transit, regardless of where they live or their destination.

RideKC’s ultimate goal is to provide a unified transit system that’s seamless and easy to use for connecting people to opportunity.

The regional initiative was already highlighted by new agreements turning over management of the transit systems in Johnson County, Kan. and Independence, Mo. to the KCATA. Work also is under way to streamline the fare structure and simplify access to paratransit services across the Kansas City area.

The KPTA also gave its highest honor – the William M. Murry Award – to Chuck Ferguson, the KCATA’s chief planning officer.

Ferguson has been involved with public transit in the Kansas City area for more than 25 years, first starting at the KCATA in 1989. A couple years later, Ferguson  moved over to Johnson County where he helped grow the system into an award-winning suburban service.

Returning to the KCATA this year as the agency’s top planner, Ferguson is intimately involved in the efforts to build a seamless regional transit network. He served one unfulfilled term as president of the Kansas Public Transportation Association and was later elected president twice.

The KCATA’s communication and marketing efforts received national recognition when they won first-place awards handed out this month out by the American Public Transportation Association in the annual 2015 AdWheel competition.

The KCATA won first place for promoting a new compressed natural gas fueling station and a series of brochures explaining the bus system for prospective riders.

More than 10,000 of the colorful, glossy brochures were distributed in less than six months after they were published in 2014.

The AdWheel prizes are awarded for five main categories and are evaluated by industry peers, based on the following parameters: target audience, situation/challenge for creating the entry, strategy/objective of the entry and the results/impact of the entry. KCATA competed against transit systems between 4 million and 20 million riders per year for the award.

The KCATA will be officially honored for its work at the American Public Transportation Association’s annual meeting in San Francisco in October.

 

UMKC Student ID Offers More Transit Options Than Ever Before

Posted on: Aug 26, 2015

(Kansas City, Mo. – August 25, 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.

But for the first time this fall, UMKC student IDs will also be good on suburban Johnson County, Kan., routes as part of an effort to create a regional transit network that is seamless and easy to use.

Now, UMKC students who live on the Kansas side of the state line can take a bus from Overland Park directly to the doorstep of UMKC with just a swipe of their ID.

No more digging around for exact change. No worries about transfers. One swipe of the ID and students are on their way to their destination.

In 2011, the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority joined with UMKC to offer bus passes as part of the school’s student activity fee. Students pay $14.57 each semester for a transportation fee. The fee gives them unlimited access to all Metro and Johnson County routes, except the K-10 transit service operating between Lawrence and Overland Park.

Classes started Aug. 24 at UMKC, and KCATA will bring a MAX bus on campus and answer questions about transit service:

Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Dates: Thursday, Aug. 27 and Friday, Aug. 28
Where: North side of the Student Union, UMKC Volker Campus

Transit gives UMKC students easy connections to the university’s medical school on Hospital Hill via the Troost MAX Green Line. Rapid bus service on the Main St. and Troost MAX routes also gives students convenient access to downtown venues like the Sprint Center and the Power & Light District, the Crossroads District and Crown Center, along with The Plaza, Westport, Brookside and Waldo.

With the expansion into Johnson County, UMKC students can now use their student IDs to ride the 556/856 - Metcalf Plaza Connex directly from Overland Park to campus. Stops for that JO Connex route include downtown Overland Park, 95th & Metcalf, Rosana Square and the Mission Transit Center. 556 also makes connections to other Johnson County Transit routes.

On average, UMKC students take more than 1,400 trips every weekday with their IDs. Main Street MAX, Troost MAX and 155-55th Street are the top three routes for UMKC students.

 

Distinguished Community Leaders Receive KCATA Rosa Parks SPIRIT Award

Posted on: Jul 31, 2015

KANSAS CITY, MO — On Wednesday, August 19, 2015, the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (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 at a reception beginning at 5:00 p.m. at Arvest Bank at the Midland Theater, located at 1228 Main Street in downtown Kansas City. The honors include:

The Regional Excellence Award, presented to Ed Eilert, Commission Chairman | Johnson County

The Community Partner Award, presented to Bill Dietrich, President & CEO | Downtown Council

The Business Partner Award, presented to Jonathan Kemper, Chairman | Commerce Bank

The Champion of Transit Award, presented to Shalonn “Kiki” Curls | Missouri State Senator

“Just as Rosa Parks stood tall 60 years ago to make transit accessible to everyone, the winners of the award in her name have worked to give the same opportunity to everyone in our region,” said Joe Reardon, new CEO of KCATA. “The recipients of this year’s Rosa Parks SPIRIT Award are recognized for their demonstrated contributions to public transportation, a service that affords economic opportunity to so many in the Kansas City area. We are deeply appreciative of their efforts.”

Lathrop & Gage is the presenting sponsor of the 2015 Rosa Parks SPIRIT Awards.

For ticket information, visit www.kcata2015.eventbrite.com

 

Kansas City Wins Grant To Combat Transit Terrorism

Posted on: Jul 30, 2015

(Kansas City, Mo. – July 29, 2015) Kansas City this week landed a $174,000 federal grant to prepare for possible emergencies and protect its transit system from terrorism.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security grant will go to the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority for security training and developing a plan for responding to a terrorist attack on the bus system.

About $100,000 will go toward developing a blueprint for coordinating with local law enforcement and other public safety agencies responding to any terrorist incident on a bus or affecting bus service.

Another $74,000 is earmarked for an exercise responding to a simulated terrorist attack on the city’s bus network. Some of the money also is expected to be used for teaching more than 450 KCATA employees the best methods for defusing hostile situations on a bus. Each employee would receive four hours of training during the course of a year.

Kansas City shared in $87 million distributed to public transportation agencies nationally by the federal government. About $236,000 went to St. Louis. No grant money went to any other transit agency in Kansas, Oklahoma, Iowa or Nebraska.

The grant money coming to Kansas City is part of a national program to protect the country’s transit infrastructure, including bus, rail and ferry systems, from a terrorist attack.

Eligibility criteria for the grants included transit agencies serving high-density urban areas with high ridership. Last year, Kansas City had nearly 16 million bus boardings.

The grants were announced Tuesday by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

 

First Ozone Alert: Saturday, July 25

Posted on: Jul 24, 2015

First Ozone Alert of 2015 Issued for Saturday, July 25

The Metro, IndeBus Offer 75¢ Bus Rides

(Kansas City, Mo. – July 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.

Ditching the car for a bus on Ozone Alert days can help cut auto emissions, which are a major contributor to ground-level ozone. By riding the bus instead of driving, people can help reduce the amount of ozone in the air. Area transit providers offer 75¢ bus rides during all Ozone Alerts between June 1 and September 30.

Since automobiles produce more than one-third of the emissions associated with ground-level ozone, reducing driving is a good way to help improve air quality. Ozone Alerts are issued when ground-level ozone reaches high levels.

These levels are dangerous for people with respiratory problems, as well as for healthy adults and children playing, working and exercising outdoors. Ozone’s harmful effects can include eye, nose and throat irritation; chest pain; coughing; nausea; and headaches. Ozone can also trigger asthma attacks, permanently damaging a person’s lungs. Children, senior citizens, those working or playing outdoors, and people with respiratory disease are at a higher risk from ozone exposure.

The Metro and IndeBus will have routes in operation on Saturday. The JO and Unified Government Transit do not operate on Saturdays.

Ozone Alert days are noted on The Metro buses’ overhead signs. They are also broadcast by local media outlets. To plan the day’s commute by bus call the Regional Call Center at (816) 221-0660 on weekdays between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. You can also visit http://www.kcata.org to look up routes and schedules or use the Trip Planner.  The ozone forecast is available at (913) 383-7557, at http://www.marc.org, on www.twitter.com at @airqkc, and most local weather forecasts.

 

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

Posted on: Jul 23, 2015

(Kansas City, Mo. – July 23, 2015) It was introduced to Kansas City as light rail on rubber tires.

After failed elections to approve light rail, bus rapid transit – known in shorthand as 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. It featured sleek new bus shelters and, for the first time, gave bus riders electronic signs showing when the next bus would arrive. MAX buses now offer Wi-Fi services.

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority plans to celebrate MAX’s 10th birthday with passengers. Staffers will show up unannounced at various bus stops along the Main Street MAX route with special gifts for riders.  The celebration will kick off during the morning rush hour Friday, July 24 and run through next week.

Born at 5:02 a.m. on July 24, 2005, the MAX bus rapid transit service came to life on Kansas City’s Main Street corridor between downtown and the Country Club Plaza.  Ten years later, MAX – short for Metro Area Express is still going strong. There have been more than 13 million boardings on Main Street MAX since it started operating in 2005. Ridership on Main Street MAX last year was 43 percent higher than it was in MAX’s first full year of operation in 2006.

The new service cut the time it took for riders traveling from the Country Club Plaza to downtown by about 25 percent. Before MAX was introduced, it took riders about 24 minutes to cover that 5.5-mile route; after MAX it  took about 18 minutes.

Grabbing attention from across the country and around the globe, Main Street MAX proved to be so popular that a sister bus rapid transit route was added on Troost Avenue in 2011 and another is planned for Prospect Avenue.

Bus rapid transit lines, such as MAX, provided a middle ground between regular urban bus service and much more costly rail service.

The success of Kansas City’s bus rapid transit service drew interest from across the county and the globe within the last decade.

Officials from Jacksonville, Fla., Des Moines, Iowa, Columbus, Ohio and Minneapolis all visited Kansas City to look over its bus rapid transit line.

A delegation from the Central Asian country of Turkmenistan, a former Soviet Republic, also looked over the MAX route while visiting the city. 

 

KCATA Marks Anniversary Of Americans With Disabilities Act

Posted on: Jul 20, 2015

(Kansas City, Mo. – July 20, 2015) What Rosa Parks meant for race equality in public transportation in 1955, the Americans with Disability Act meant for equality for disabled riders in public transportation 45 years later.

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.

The law guaranteed equal opportunity for people with disabilities in employment, public accommodations, transportation, government services and telecommunications.

Modeled after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the law changed the way the country treats roughly 37.6 million people with disabilities, whether that means building curb ramps, installing talking traffic signals, adding bus lifts or other measures.

In the aftermath of the law, access to public transportation for riders with disabilities improved dramatically. The percentage of buses accessible for riders with disabilities was at 51 percent in 1993, according to the American Public Transportation Association. By 2013, that number increased to 99.8 percent.

Kansas City buses are in full compliance with the law. The KCATA placed a premium on making its buses accessible even before it was enacted.

For instance in 1986, four years before the disabilities legislation was signed into law, the KCATA bought about 30 lift-equipped buses. Two years later, the KCATA acquired 69 more buses fitted with lifts.  By the time Congress passed the disabilities law, a third of the KCATA’s fleet was already accessible for riders with disabilities.

Last year, there were about 20,000 wheelchair boardings on Metro buses, up from about 14,000 the year before.

 Kansas City riders with disabilities also benefit from the KCATA’s Share-A-Fare program, a service required by the law that offers complementary paratransit service for riders who can’t independently use the bus.  

So far this year, roughly 10,000 to 12,000 people have used Share-A-Fare, accounting for an estimated 138,000 trips. Overall, the KCATA saw 222,779 paratransit boardings last year related to the disabilities law.

Two years ago, the KCATA created the Share-A-Fare Advisory Committee to better address the concerns of riders with disabilities.

The 11-member panel’s top priorities for this year included establishing one regional process for determining who is eligible for Share-A-Fare services and developing a customer communications strategy.

The KCATA reaches out to help riders with disabilities in other ways.

It offers reduced farecard IDs so that riders with disabilities pay half of the base $1.50 fare on Metro and MAX buses and also half of the $50 bus passes. In the last three years, the KCATA has issued about 7,300 reduced farecards to riders with disabilities.

 

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon Signs Bill Funding Kansas City Transit

Posted on: Jul 13, 2015

(Kansas City, Mo. – July 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.

The bill, approved with bi-partisan support in the Missouri General Assembly, provides about $35 million in annual funding for the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority. The legislation also permanently locks the tax in place, meaning it will no longer be subject to legislative renewal.

Public transit counts heavily on the sales tax, which makes up more than a third of the KCATA’s annual budget.

“This is such an important piece of legislation for Kansas City,” said KCATA President and Chief Executive Officer Joe Reardon. “This money is the lifeblood needed for connecting people to economic opportunity. It sets in place the foundation for building a seamless transit network tying the metro area together.”

Robbie Makinen, chairman of the KCATA Board of Commissioners, thanked lawmakers for recognizing the importance of the funding to Kansas City.

“We are grateful for the support we received from the Missouri General Assembly for service so vital to so many Kansas City residents,” Makinen said.

“This funding ensures that not only will we have a service that helps our residents get work, to the doctor and to the store, but sets the stage for an interconnected regional transit system that helps people throughout our metro area.”

The sales tax has been in place since 1971 when Missouri lawmakers authorized Kansas City and St. Louis to impose up to a 1-cent sales tax for transit.

Both cities approved half-cent sales taxes, which were originally supposed to be reviewed by the legislature every two years.

The St. Louis tax was made permanent in 2003, while the Kansas City tax was only extended until the end of this year.

 

Community Celebrates Major Investments On Prospect Avenue Corridor

Posted on: Jul 09, 2015

(Kansas City, Mo. – July 9, 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.

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) is sponsoring a celebration of nearly $140 million in projects planned for Prospect Avenue in the coming years. The event, marking six projects along Prospect, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., July 15 at the Emmanuel Community Center, 3510 Prospect Ave. Hot 103 JAMZ KPRS-FM will host a live remote from 4 to 6 p.m.

The celebration – “Progress on Prospect”—will include a short ceremony at 6 p.m. featuring Kansas City Mayor Sly James and a video showcasing the major projects that are now underway or are planned for Prospect Avenue.

“We are all about connecting people to economic opportunity,” said KCATA President and Chief Executive Officer Joe Reardon. “This event is a great place to display how our plans for expanded transit services on Prospect mix with efforts to boost economic development in this part of our city.”

“Through public and private partnerships, millions of dollars have been invested in revitalizing the Prospect Corridor which is a cause for celebration; however, we must continue the progress,” City Councilmember Jermaine Reed said. “This event will provide an opportunity to gain information about current and future plans to invest in the corridor.”

Topping the list of investments is $74 million for the new Leon Mercer Jordan

East Patrol Campus now under construction in a four-block area near 27th & Prospect. Funded by a sales tax renewed by Kansas City voters in 2010, the project upgrades police facilities for the 21st Century. The new police station is scheduled to be completed early next year.

Private investment planned for Prospect includes the $3.6 million Morningstar Missionary Baptist Church’s Youth and Family Life Center at 27th & Prospect. The center’s mission is to help families with tutoring, job-training skills, counseling, as well as health and wellness programs. Another $12 million project is planned for Prospect with a new Linwood Shopping Center development that will include a new Sun Fresh Market.

The KCATA, in partnership with the city of Kansas City, Mo., also is planning to bring a higher level of public transportation to the corridor with a $43 million MAX bus rapid transit line, similar to what already operates on the Main Street and Troost corridors. The proposed new rapid bus line would extend nine miles along Prospect from about 75th Street into downtown Kansas City.

The event marking “Progress on Prospect” will include free food and prizes.                  

                               

 

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.

The blog, posted on the RideKC regional transit website, will feature the latest news in the ongoing effort to give residents across the Kansas City area access to economic opportunity with public transportation. You can read the blog at http://www.ridekc.org.

In the coming months, the blog will chronicle efforts to better connect transit to jobs, create a single bus fare structure for the region and make transit services easier to use for riders with disabilities. It will report developments about Kansas City’s new streetcar.

The blog also will open doors to our agency, providing details about our ridership and what the agency is doing to enhance the safety of our drivers and passengers, among other things. Readers also will get a taste of who uses the transit network and what routes connect riders to their favorite destinations.

It will give readers a sense of what’s happening nationally in transit – such as efforts to pass a new transportation bill in Congress – and explain what that means to our region.

So, read along with us, link to us and share us on social media. We hope this is the first place you will come to find what’s happening with transit in Kansas City.

 

KCATA Approves New Agreement To Manage Independence Transit Services

Posted on: Jun 24, 2015

New Member Joines Board of Commissioners

(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.

The management contract, approved unanimously by the KCATA’s board, is another significant step toward building a seamless transit network that will connect people across the region to economic opportunity. Late last year, the KCATA entered into a similar agreement with Johnson County, the most populous county in Kansas.

Already approved by the Independence City Council, the new agreement will make it easier to use public transportation in the region. The contract’s key features include:

The KCATA last provided bus service within the city of Independence in 2012. Independence now joins Johnson County in a regional effort to build an interconnected transit network connecting people to economic opportunity. Last December, the KCATA entered into a similar agreement with Johnson County to manage its transit contract. It was the first time in 30 years since Johnson County had been part of the KCATA’s system.

“This contract articulates a real win-win for the citizens of Independence as well as for the entire region,” said Joe Reardon, the KCATA’s president and chief executive officer.

KCATA Board Chairman Robbie Makinen praised Independence Mayor Eileen Weir and the Independence City Council for collaborating on the management agreement and recognizing the importance of a regional transit system.

“It is amazing how much each easier it will be for folks with special needs and seniors to get around the region once this goes into effect,” he said. “This is a really big deal.”

 Also Wednesday, Melissa Bynum took a seat on the Board of Commissioners. Bynum was appointed to the board by Mayor Mark Holland of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kan. She replaces A.J.  Dusek, who passed away earlier this year.

Elected to the Unified Government’s Board of Commissioners in April, Bynum serves as the executive director of the Shepherd’s Center of Kansas City, Kan., which advocates for the aging. The former publisher of the Wyandotte West newspaper, Bynum has worked for various non-profit groups in Wyandotte County for more than 20 years.

 

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.

The new plan would make it easier for paratransit riders to access public transportation, consolidate call center operations so it will be easier to learn bus schedule details and improve efficiency of service management. The City Council will consider the plan for final approval on June 15. The KCATA Board of Commissioners will consider the proposal June 24.

“We are very grateful to Independence Mayor Ellen Weir and the Independence City Council in banding together with us to build a regional transit service that will provide economic opportunity for everyone from all walks of life,” said KCATA President and Chief Executive Officer Joe Reardon.

“This agreement is just one more way that we can make transit across our region more inviting and simple to use,” Reardon said. “Streamlining operations will not only save taxpayer money, but will help many people who depend on paratransit services for getting around the community.”

Key aspects of the new Independence contract include:

The KCATA last contracted with the city of Independence in 2012 before taking over management of their own transit services. Independence now joins Johnson County in a regional effort to build an interconnected transit network connecting people to economic opportunity. Last December, the KCATA entered into a similar agreement with Johnson County to manage its transit contract. It was the first time in 30 years since Johnson County had been part of the KCATA’s system.

 

Discounted Bus Fares Help Battle Regional Air Pollution

Posted on: May 27, 2015

 (Kansas City, Mo. – 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. The reduced fares will be available regionally on routes served by The JO in Johnson County, Unified Government Transit and IndeBus.

Ditching the car for a bus on Ozone Alert days can help cut auto emissions, which are a major contributor to ground-level ozone. Ozone’s harmful effects can include eye, nose and throat irritation; chest pain; coughing; nausea; and headaches.

Ozone can also trigger asthma attacks, permanently damaging a person’s lungs. Many people are sensitive to ozone, especially while being active outdoors. Children, senior citizens, those working or playing outdoors, and people with respiratory disease are at a higher risk from ozone exposure.

Ozone Alert days are noted on The Metro buses’ overhead signs. They are also broadcast by local media outlets. The ozone forecast is available at (913) 383-7557, at http://www.marc.org, on www.twitter.com at @airqkc, and most local weather forecasts.

“The reduced fares are a great way the entire region can join together to reduce the harmful effects of air pollution,” KCATA Vice President of Communications Cindy Baker said. “Not only are our riders saving at least 50 percent on bus fare, they are helping our environment.”

Riders can be ready to use the reduced fare by planning their trips now. Customers can plan their trip at http://www.kcata.org/maps_schedules/trip_planner. To learn how to ride The Metro, check out our How-To-Ride video series and other tips at http://www.kcata.org/rider_guide/. The Regional Call Center offers route and schedule information for all three bus services at (816) 221-0660. The center is open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays.

 

Happy 90th Birthday To Barrier Breaker Ray Harris

Posted on: May 13, 2015

In an era when African-Americans were told to sit in the back of the bus, Ray Harris Jr. drove the bus.

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.

Now 90, Harris remembers the difficulties of those early days. The first passenger he tried to pick up was a white woman. The greeting couldn’t have been any colder.

“I opened up the door and she said, Oh, I’m not riding with a black operator,” Harris said.

Harris brushed it off. He knew the woman was in for a long wait. After all, there were four more buses running behind him – all driven by African-American drivers.

“If she wasn’t going to ride with me, she wasn’t going to ride with more blacks,” he said. “I really don’t know what happened to her.”

Harris is the last surviving member of that class of five African-American bus drivers who made civil rights history in Kansas City so long ago.

Harris worked in public transportation for a little more than 30 years before retiring in June 1990.  Not only was he among the first African-American bus drivers, he broke the color barrier in management when he came the agency’s first driving instructor.

Two years ago, the KCATA recognized Harris’ part in the civil rights movement when it presented him with one of its first Rosa Parks Spirit Awards.

The award was presented to someone who epitomized Park’s courage when she refused to give up her seat to a white passenger, setting off a chain of events that led to the historic Supreme Court case that integrated public transportation.

KCATA employees came together on May 8 to honor Harris, who turned 90 on May 3. About 75 people, including Harris’ wife, son and daughter, turned out for a reception at the KCATA’s offices.

Joe Reardon, the KCATA’s president and chief executive officer, presented Harris with a proclamation signed by Kansas City Mayor Sly James declaring May 8 as “Ray Harris Jr. Day.”

Harris’ part in Kansas City civil rights history plays a role in shaping what the KCATA is today, Reardon said.

“His courageousness, his willingness to serve as a driver to cut a path forward is instrumental in understanding what it means to being the organization that we are today and celebrate the diversity that makes ATA strong and makes us a good community servant,” Reardon said.

“I am absolutely thrilled Mr. Harris to celebrate your 90th birthday,” Reardon said, “but also to celebrate what your story means to the organization.”

Russell Collins, the new chair of the KCATA’s Black History Committee, presented Harris with a Metro bus stop sign emblazoned with the name and a “happy birthday greeting.” Collins also gave Harris a large blanket featuring an old photo with the first group of African-Americans to drive buses in Kansas City.

Harris said he never dreamed of the possibility that so many people would gather to recognize his accomplishments when he took the city bus-driving job more than 55 years ago.

“I can’t explain as to how wonderful it is to know that people recognize me. I didn’t know that when I took the job it would come to this,” Harris said. “I am here to thank all of you.”

A photo of the first five African American bus operators employed at Kansas City Public Service Co. 

KCATA employees and retirees celebrate Ray Harris' 90th birthday and his service to the community.

 

Missouri Lawmakers Renew Sales Tax Critical For Kansas City Bus Service

Posted on: May 07, 2015

(Kansas City, Mo. – May 7, 2015) The Missouri General Assembly on Thursday renewed a half-cent sales tax vital to providing transit service in Kansas City.

The Missouri House of Representatives voted 102-54 to give final approval to a bill that provides about $35 million in annual funding to the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority.

The sales tax, which comprises more than a third of the KCATA’s annual budget, was set to expire at the end of 2015 without legislative approval. The sales tax would become permanent under the bill passed on Thursday.  

Joe Reardon, president and chief executive officer of the KCATA, thanked everyone involved in passing this critical piece of legislation for transportation in Kansas City.

“We are grateful to the Missouri General Assembly for passing legislation that will provide a steady and reliable source of revenue for years to come,” Reardon said.

“As the KCATA embarks on building a regionally, interconnected transit network, this funding will ensure that we continue to provide an essential service that connects people to opportunities whether that be work, school or shopping.”

Robbie Makinen, chairman of the KCATA Board of Commissioners, praised the General Assembly’s action. He said approval of the sales tax sets the foundation for the ongoing efforts to construct a regional transit system that pulls the community together.

“This is a big step forward,” Makinen said. “This money is critical to forming a transit network that is intended to provide a seamless and safe transportation alternative for our entire region.”

The sales tax has been in place since 1971 when Missouri lawmakers authorized Kansas City and St. Louis to impose up to a 1-cent sales tax for transit.

Both cities approved half-cent sales taxes, which were originally supposed to be reviewed by the legislature every two years.

The St. Louis tax was made permanent in 2003, while the Kansas City tax was only extended until the end of this year.

The KCATA had nearly 16 million passenger boardings last year, averaging about 55,000 a day. About half of the transit system’s daily riders had no other transportation alternative and about 70 percent of all riders use a bus to get to school or work.

 

Antioch Crossing Park-and-Ride Celebrates Grand Opening

Posted on: Apr 29, 2015

(Kansas City, Mo. – April 29, 2015) The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) will celebrate the Grand Opening of the Antioch Crossing Park-and-Ride, N. Antioch & N. Vivion Rd. at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 30, 2015. The Grand Opening will include KCATA President/CEO Joe Reardon, Kansas City Mo., City Councilman Scott Wagner, and City Councilman Dick Davis.

Redevelopment of the new Antioch Crossing retail center enhances this park-and-ride as a major Northland transit hub.

The new Antioch Crossing Park-and-Ride features new transit platforms, information kiosks with real-time bus arrival information, passenger shelters, accessible accommodations and new concrete drives. In addition, there are 50 parking spaces to accommodate Metro customers. Seven Metro bus routes serve Antioch Crossing: 36X-Gladstone Express, 38-Meadowbrook, 121-Cleveland-Antioch, 133-Vivion-Antioch, 136-Boardwalk-Antioch Connector, 237-Gladstone-Antioch MetroFlex and 243-Antioch-Barry Rd. More than 300 riders use the facility on weekdays.

KCATA will host two grand opening events. The official ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. From 3 to 5 p.m., KCATA will greet Antioch Crossing Metro customers with refreshments, giveaways and prizes.

About the Park-and-Ride

In 1997, KCATA built the Antioch Center Park-and-Ride as a joint use facility with Antioch Mall retail center, and KCATA reconfigured and upgraded the transit facility to fit with the redevelopment plans.

This is KCATA’s second cooperative partnership with the Antioch Crossing developers. KCATA has also worked closely with the developers at the Blue Ridge Crossing transit facility. Contributing partners have been Antioch Green Redevelopment Partners and Walgreens.

The project costs $650,000. It was designed by Olsson Associates and constructed by Mega Industries contractors.

 

KCATA Now Offering Live Transit Information in Google Maps

Posted on: Apr 24, 2015

(Kansas City, Mo. – April 24, 2015) Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) has partnered with Google to provide real time transit information to its riders.

Customers can now see Metro and MAX real time departures on Google Maps (maps.google.com) and Google Maps for Mobile (on iOS and Android). This builds on the transit trip planning features already provided in Google Maps.

“This is a great development for customers, both old and new,” said KCATA CEO Joe Reardon. “Real-time information adds a high level of confidence for customers. Although our buses have an on-time performance rating of 90 percent or higher, real time information increases the confidence of customers as they wait for the bus.”

While the largest Metro routes offer service every 10 minutes on weekdays, there are plenty of smaller routes with less frequent service. And lower demand for transit on nights and weekends means that buses may only come every 30 or 60 minutes.

Having that real time information, combined with the schedule information, helps a rider decide whether they should leave soon, or if they can relax for a bit longer.

“Imagine a rider at a restaurant, finishing up a meal,” said Reardon. “Google Live Transit will predict if the bus is 10 minutes away or 45 minutes away. Being able to pull up that real time information might help her decide if there is time for a desert or after-dinner drink, or if it’s time to ask for the check.”

Google began offering real time information with select cities in the US and Europe in 2011.

The Metro and MAX real time information has been available for several years through on-street signs and the WebWatch feature at http://www.kcata.org.

An example of the real time information, as viewed on a desktop computer. Dots after the times indicate real time prediction:

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An example of the real time information, as viewed on a mobile device. Green times indicate real time prediction:

 

Metro Day Pass, Visitor Pass Good For Regional Travel

Posted on: Apr 22, 2015

(Kansas City, Mo. – April 22, 2015) Beginning May 1, transit riders can use a Day Pass to travel on any of the four local transit services in the region. Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, Johnson County Transit, Unified Government Transit and the City of Independence all will accept the Day Pass from Metro and MAX buses on local transit routes. In addition, Unified Government Transit and the IndeBus will honor the three-day Visitor Pass.

The Day Pass costs $3 and is available on board Metro, MAX and IndeBus vehicles. Customers buy the pass directly from the bus’ farebox for $3 cash, and the pass is good until midnight on the date purchased.

This multi-agency agreement further advances the regional cooperation among the area’s transit providers. KCATA’s board of commissioners approved the agreement at the April 22 board meeting.

“Regional transit partners are taking this step forward in providing an integrated transit experience, making transit easier to navigate for current riders and more attractive to new riders in the Kansas City region,” said KCATA President and CEO Joe Reardon. “The Day Pass has proved a convenient way for customers to travel, and now it provides better access to the whole region.”

Last spring, the four agencies agreed to accept The JO’s Standard Express Monthly Pass for universal pass acceptance. It is considered a precursor to a regional pass. A regional fare study is currently being conducted.

The Day Pass is valid on local service, non-commuter express routes on all four transit agencies. This includes three local JO routes (556, 575, and 672), all UG Transit routes, and all six IndeBus routes. To use the Day Pass on Metro, JO and IndeBus service, simply swipe the pass in the farebox reader on top of the farebox. On Unified Government Transit, just show the bus driver the pass.

Additionally, as part of this new agreement, the three-day Visitor Pass can be used by visitors and residents alike, on all local Metro routes, MAX routes, UG Transit routes, and IndeBus routes. This pass costs $10 and is available online at store.kcata.org or at the KCATA customer service lobby, 1200 E. 18th St. In order to use the three-day Visitor Pass on Metro and IndeBus service, it must first be inserted into a Metro bus farebox for activation. After activation, simply slide the pass in the farebox reader on top of the farebox. On Unified Government Transit, just show the bus driver the pass.

 

 

Bus Driver Appreciation Day Is March 18

Posted on: Mar 12, 2015

(Kansas City, Mo. – March 12, 2015) The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) is encouraging people to celebrate “Bus Driver Appreciation Day” on Wednesday, March 18. Driving a Metro bus isn’t an easy job, but the best drivers make it look that way. KCATA Metro bus drivers provided nearly 16 million trips last year, getting people to work, school, shopping and medical appointments. We are asking Kansas City to say “Thank you” to a bus driver on March 18.

Help us get the word out

KCATA encourages all riders to join us in celebrating our hard-working bus drivers. On International Bus Driver Appreciation Day, please make a point of saying “Thank you.” Printable cards are available: A Kansas City card is available here: Thank You! And additional thank you cards are available at www.busdriverday.org. For those who don’t ride on March 18, a “Thank you” or a card is welcome anytime.

Riders can also send in a compliment for an operator at http://www.kcata.org/about_kcata/entries/contact_form/ or by calling 816-221-0660 weekdays between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Why March 18?

International Bus Driver Appreciation Day was started by transit riders in Seattle in 2009. Hans Gerwitz and Shannon Thomas wrote a blog post that inspired the International Bus Driver Appreciation Day movement. They chose March 18 because it was on that day in 1662 that bus service began in Paris.

 

Metro Ridership Nears 16 Million in 2014

Posted on: Mar 05, 2015

(Kansas City, Mo. – March 5, 2015) Metro ridership continued to grow in 2014. The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) customers logged more than 15.9 million trips last year, the third highest annual ridership in nearly two decades.

Despite gas prices that dipped below $2/gallon at the end of the year, customers continued to find value on The Metro. Riders most frequently use transit to get to work or school.

In 2014, ridership among University of Missouri-Kansas City students remained strong. Students are able to use their student ID as a pass. KCATA is replicating this success with a similar program for employees of the city of Kansas City, Mo. City employees are able to use their employee ID to ride the bus, rather than purchasing 31-day passes. This flexibility is proving attractive; more eligible employees are hopping on board since the start of the program.

“As we closed out 2014, we saw that people continue to look to public transit to provide access to jobs, school and shopping,” said Vice President of Communications Cindy Baker. “More and more riders are turning to The Metro for reliable, affordable, environmentally friendly transportation.”

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.

 

Joe Reardon Named CEO of KCATA

Posted on: Feb 18, 2015

(Kansas City, Mo. – Feb 18, 2015) Joe Reardon, former Mayor/CEO of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Ks., has been selected as the new President & CEO of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA).

Robbie Makinen, Chairman of the KCATA Board of Commissioners, announced today that Reardon, currently an attorney at Kansas City-based law firm McAnany, Van Cleave & Phillips, will take the helm of the regional transit agency in mid-March.

“Joe Reardon is uniquely qualified to take this organization forward,” Makinen said. “We intend to realize our vision of becoming a fully integrated, regional transit system and Joe has demonstrated an ability to cross state lines and build coalitions to advance important issues. We are honored and privileged to have a leader of Joe’s caliber at the helm.”

As Mayor & CEO, Reardon led Kansas City, Ks., and Wyandotte County on a continued economic renaissance, including the opening of the first new grocery store in the city in 30 years, the Sporting Park Soccer Stadium/Cerner office project, and the Village West Luxury Apartments Complex.

Reardon is an advocate of public transportation, credited for the introduction of Sunday bus service in Kansas City, Ks., still the only community in Kansas to provide any regular bus service on Sundays. Under his leadership as Mayor, the first major transit center in the history of the city was built, and a strong partnership with KCATA was forged to support several other significant transportation projects through an FTA TIGER grant.

In addition to being a strong supporter of public transit in the Kansas City region, Reardon has been a proponent of bi-state, regional cooperation. Perhaps most familiar to the region, Reardon negotiated the first Google Fiber development agreement in the country, successfully competing against over 1,100 municipalities that had submitted proposals to Google for the project. He then worked with -more- Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Sly James to create the bi-state innovations team to bridge the gap between the two cities and states to look for creative ways to leverage Google Fiber across the region.

Joe currently teaches an MBA class on regionalism and has partnered with Rockhurst University, the Greater Kansas City Chamber and others to support a regional forum for chief elected officials from across the Greater Kansas City area.

“I am honored by the trust the KCATA Board of Commissioners is placing in me,” said Reardon. “Regional transit faces a good many challenges in the days and years ahead, but I can’t think of a more worthy mission. Public transportation is the glue that holds communities together. I look forward to working with our partners throughout the region to secure public transit’s financial sustainability, and to build a more dynamic and integrated regional transit system.”

The national search for the President & CEO was conducted by EFL Associates. The selection process included input from transit customers and regional stakeholders. The selection panel consisted of a bi-state committee of KCATA board commissioners.

Reardon succeeds Mark Huffer, who resigned as General Manager of the KCATA last August.

 

Public Meetings About Changes To Paratransit Application Process

Posted on: Feb 02, 2015

UPDATED: February 13, 2015

DRAFT APPLICATION [PDF]

(Kansas City, Mo. – Feb. 2, 2015) The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) will host several public meetings during the week of Feb. 9 to discuss proposed changes to the application process for Share-A-Fare paratransit service.

Customers and stakeholders are invited to attend one of the following meetings to learn more about the new process:

The meetings will consist of a 30-40-minute presentation followed by an opportunity for questions and comments. During the two-hour meetings, the presentation will be repeated at the beginning of the second hour.

KCATA has contracted MTM, Inc. to manage the application processing for paratransit operations. In response to public meetings last year, KCATA has designed a more thorough application instead of establishing in-person interviews for determining eligibility for paratransit service. The process should ensure the most appropriate mode of transportation for all, with fairness and compliance with ADA regulations.

Customers who are unable to attend a public forum can also submit comments on the proposed changes through:

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Board of Commissioners Elects New Officers

Posted on: Jan 08, 2015

(Kansas City, Mo. – Jan. 8, 2015) The Board of Commissioners of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) elected new officers for 2015. Jackson County, Mo., Commissioner Robbie Makinen was re-elected Chairman at the December board meeting. Makinen is Economic Development Coordinator for Jackson County and Co-Chair of the area’s Regional Transit Coordinating Council.

Daniel Serda, representing Kansas City, Ks, will serve as Vice Chairman in 2015.

Dennis Bixby, representing Leavenworth County, Ks., has been elected to serve as Secretary.

Jim Klobnak, representing the City of Kansas City, Mo., will serve as Treasurer.

One of the first major actions for the Board in 2015 is expected to be the hiring of a new CEO to lead the KCATA.

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 CEO. The Board may delegate certain duties and responsibilities to the CEO for the management and operation of the Authority. 

 

Special Event Celebrates Partnership Between Johnson County And KCATA

Posted on: Dec 16, 2014

Teaming Up After 30 Years 

(Kansas City, Mo. – Dec. 16, 2014) For the first time in more than 30 years, Johnson County will contract with the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) to provide administrative and management services for The JO transit service. The 2‐year agreement was approved by the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners Dec. 11, and is expected to be approved by the KCATA Board of Commissioners at a special ceremony on Dec. 17.

A media event will take place at noon on Wednesday at the beginning of the KCATA’s regular Board meeting at KCATA offices, 1200 E. 18th St., Kansas City, Mo. The event will include Johnson County officials. The Interlocal Cooperation Agreement for Transit Management and Administration will authorize KCATA to provide transit administrative and management services for Johnson County.

“Municipal and county boundaries do not have to be a barrier to providing service to our region,” said Robbie Makinen, KCATA Board Chair. “If Missouri and Kansas can come together to improve transit, there is no reason other community issues can’t be addressed. We hope this progress can serve as an example of regional cooperation for the benefit of the whole community.”

The management consolidation will result in an approximate savings of $455,000 for Johnson County. The major component of the savings are personnel costs, which result directly from KCATA utilizing existing staff, in addition to several new staffing functions. A joint staff study group prepared a final report indicating a number of significant, positive outcomes in support of management consolidation.

"We are excited about this opportunity to build a better regional transit system," said Johnson County Deputy County Manager Penny Postoak Ferguson. "There will be increased efficiencies and service effectiveness that will make transit funding go further in the metro area." The KCATA regular Board of Commissioners monthly business meeting takes place immediately following the signing ceremony. Doors to the signing event will open to the public at 11:50 a.m.

 

KCATA Board Approves RideKC Brand, Annual Budget

Posted on: Nov 25, 2014

(Kansas City, Mo. – Nov. 21, 2014) The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) Board of Commissioners took several significant actions at its Nov. 19 meeting. The Board approved a new regional transit brand, the 2015 operating budget, and a contract to improve the way KCATA provides service to people with disabilities.

RideKC was endorsed as the new regional transit brand. The approval follows 10 months of stakeholder engagement, research and design. The RideKC brand will be the umbrella brand used by all the region’s transit agencies and will be used to provide unified marketing and communication for multiple modes of transit, including local bus service, rapid bus service, and the future streetcar.

“Stakeholders and citizens have responded to the RideKC concept positively because it is simple, functional, and intuitive,” said Cindy Baker, Vice President Communications/PIO.

The RideKC brand will be rolled out in 2015. Transit agency staff and consultants will continue to further refine the design and plan the implementation of RideKC.

The Board also approved the 2015 operating budget of $86,743,162. The budget positions KCATA to fulfill the intent of its original bi-state compact, promoting a stronger, more efficient system for the Kansas City metropolitan area. This represents a 3.3% increase over the 2014 operating budget.

Finally, the Board also approved development of a plan to improve and standardize throughout the region the process to determine if customers with disabilities are eligible for paratransit and reduced fares. Through a contract approved with Medical Transportation Management (MTM), a program will be established whereby a customer will receive individualized eligibility determination based on how the applicants’ disability impacts their use the fixed route system. MTM will provide eligibility assessments for ADA and Non-ADA paratransit service in the whole region, including KCATA’s Share-A-Fare, The Jo’s Special Edition, City of Independence’s IndeAccess and Unified Government’s Dial-A-Ride programs.

 

KCATA Prepares For Winter Storm

Posted on: Nov 14, 2014

(Kansas City, Mo. – Nov. 14, 2014) The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) is preparing for the coming storm that may affect travel this weekend. KCATA will be providing bus service and encourages its customers to plan for the weather. Those traveling tomorrow should dress warmly and be prepared for possible delays.

“The storm that is expected to hit Kansas City this weekend could affect travel,” said Cindy Baker, Vice President Communications. “We plan to run bus service as we do every day. If our customers need to travel we encourage them to dress warmly, listen to local newscasts for up to date information, and use the online tools to learn if their bus is delayed.”

Customers can prepare now if they need to travel. The Metro’s website, http://www.kcata.org, explains the Snow Plan. This plan pinpoints several areas that experience difficult travel in snowy weather. KCATA will issue an alert to the media and post a notice on its website if the snow reroutes are being used.

The Metro offers real-time bus information through WebWatch. Customers can find their individual routes and see where buses are on a real-time map at http://www.kcata.org/maps_schedules/webwatch/. A mobile version from a third-party software designer is available at http://itsab.us/tracker/. KCATA also distributes notices about system-wide delays through the website Twitter. Customers can follow The Metro at http://www.twitter.com/KCATAMetro.

KCATA road crews will treat problem spots along Metro bus routes and at bus stops.

 

 

81 Metro Bus Operators ‘Distinguished’ As the Best in Safety and Customer Service

Posted on: Oct 08, 2014

(Kansas City, Mo. – Oct. 7, 2014) The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) will honor 81 Metro bus operators during the 30th annual Distinguished Drivers Awards Ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 9.

The 2014 award recipients met rigid criteria that emphasize driver safety, customer service, reliability and attendance in a 12-month period. Metro operators are eligible for the honor if they have:

The Distinguished Drivers ceremony honors operators in several categories. Grand Master Driver awards are being presented to three operators who have earned distinguished driver status for 10 years; the Master Driver recognition will be awarded to five operators earning five years as a distinguished driver; the remaining 73 operators earned distinguished driver status during the current program year.

2014 Grand Master Drivers

2014 Master Drivers

 

Johnson County Board of Commissioners Agrees To Partner With KCATA

Posted on: Sep 26, 2014

JOHNSON COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AGREES TO PARTNER WITH KANSAS CITY AREA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY

(Kansas City, Mo. – September 25, 2014) Today, the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners – Committee of the Whole gave the nod for Johnson County and the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) to develop a Cooperative Agreement that will lead to the management consolidation of Johnson County Transit.

The management consolidation will result in an approximate savings of $450,000 to $510,000 for Johnson County, Ks. The major component of the savings are personnel costs, which result directly from KCATA utilizing existing staff, in addition to several new staffing functions.

“We are excited about this opportunity to build a better regional transit system,” said Penny Postoak Ferguson, Deputy County Manager.

For customers, the consolidation should be transparent. KCATA will still contract with First Transit, and they will continue to operate the system with the same bus drivers and buses. Routes and schedules will not change.

Johnson County will continue to have control over all policy, budget, routes and schedules related to The JO.

Implementation is expected to be complete by the end of the first quarter of 2015.

“This is the first of what we hope will be many strides to better integrate transportation for our citizens throughout the metropolitan area,” said Robbie Makinen, KCATA Board chair. “I applaud Johnson County for taking this first step and congratulate them on providing a model for other communities.”

Approximately three months ago, the Johnson County Transportation Council (JCTC) and the Board of County Commissioners invited the KCATA to join in discussions regarding potential opportunities for greater integration and/or consolidation of operations and management. A joint staff study group prepared a final report, which was presented to the KCATA Board of Commissioners and the Johnson County Transportation Council earlier in the week.

 

Questions & Answers - KCATA/JCT Management Consolidation

Posted on: Sep 22, 2014

9/22/2014 

Q. Why is this consolidation taking place? 
A. Consolidating some administrative/managerial functions will result in increased efficiencies and cost savings, including staffing, fuel and some other cost-sharing opportunities. The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority already has 12 contracts with 10 communities, including Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Ks.

Q. How will this consolidation impact my bus service?
A. Your bus service will not be affected. Routes and schedules will remain the same. This would be a management consolidation only.

More integrated planning will result in building a better regional transit system over time.

Q. Will my JO bus look different?
A. No. The JO will still contract with First Transit, and the same First Transit operators will continue to drive the same JO buses.

Q. Who will make decisions about The JO service?
A. Johnson County Government will continue to set budget, service levels and policy.

Q. Will fares change?
A. Fares will not change as a result of this consolidation. However, there is a regional fare study taking place, separate from this effort, which could eventually affect fares throughout the region.

Q. What are the benefits to Johnson County residents?
A. This management consolidation will result in significant savings for the County. The Board of County Commissioners will determine how that savings will be used.

Q. What are the benefits to KCATA?
A. KCATA will realize its founding vision of serving as a community transportation resource.

Q. Will this impact Special Edition and SWIFT?
A. No. Those services will run as they currently do. Johnson County will maintain contracts with the companies that are currently involved with running those programs.

Q. How will JCT employees be affected?
A. Personnel matters are confidential; however, KCATA and Johnson County are working cooperatively to provide priority placement for current employees.

Q. How can I give my opinion on this consolidation?
A. You may provide feedback several ways:

Q. When will this take effect?
​A. If approved, implementation could begin in early 2015.

Q. Will my JO 31-Day Pass still work? Will my Metro Pass work on the JO?
A. There will be no immediate change to fares and passes currently being used. People who wish to access both systems can purchase The JO 31-Day Standard Express Pass that is accepted on all four transit systems in the region for local service. The Metro pass is not accepted on The JO.

A regional fare study is underway that could affect the fare mechanisms offered in the future.

Q. What does KCATA being formed by a bi-state compact really mean?
A. The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) was formed with the signing of a Bi-State compact created by the Missouri and Kansas legislatures on December 28, 1965. This agreement 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 ATA is governed by a 10-member Board of Commissioners, five from the state of Kansas and five from the state of Missouri.

In recent years there has been a renewed effort by regional leaders to position KCATA to realize its original mission of managing regional transit service in a more unified, streamlined and efficient manner.

Q. Where do we get information about riding the bus?
A. There are four transit systems in the region. There are several ways to find out about riding the bus throughout the region.
The Metro’s Regional Call Center provides information on all of the regional systems, except for IndeBus. The Regional Call Center number is 816-221-0660. For IndeBus information, call 816-461-4287 (IBUS).

For online information log on to:
http://www.kcata.org provides information on The Metro and UG Transit 
JO – http://www.thejo.com
IndeBus – http://www.indebusmo.com

 

KCATA Opens CNG Bus Fueling Station

Posted on: Aug 26, 2014

 (Kansas City, Mo. – Aug. 26, 2014) The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) will celebrate the opening of its Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling station at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. 

The CNG fueling station is the largest fast-fill station in Missouri and the Kansas City region. The station allows buses to be fueled in less than seven minutes, and will enable KCATA to fill more than 200 buses nightly. The agency currently has 17 CNG buses in its fleet with eight more arriving next month.

The move from diesel to CNG fuel is expected to save up to $500,000 in fuel in 2015, and up to $4,000,000 per year once the fleet is fully converted over the next dozen years. KCATA has entered into a partnership with Clean Energy, who will monitor and maintain the fueling station.

“The move from diesel fuel to CNG will result in cleaner air, and significant cost savings,” said Dick Jarrold, KCATA Vice President of Regional Planning & Development. CNG vehicles are being phased in as current buses are retired.

The station cost $3.2 million to build; eighty percent of the cost was provided by the federal Urbanized Area Formula Grant Program.

Speakers at the opening will include Mokhtee Ahmad, Region VII Administrator for the Federal Transit Administration; Peter Grace, Clean Energy Fuels; and Patti Reardon, Missouri Gas Energy/Laclede Energy. To attend the event at KCATA, 1200 E. 18th St., enter at the southeast entrance to KCATA, on 18th between Forest and Paseo.

 

Ozone Alert: Aug. 26

Posted on: Aug 25, 2014

OZONE ALERT! ISSUED FOR TUESDAY, AUG. 26 
THE METRO OFFERS 75¢ BUS RIDES

(Kansas City, Mo. – Aug. 25, 2012) Tomorrow, Tuesday, Aug. 26, is an Ozone Alert! Area transit agencies – The Metro, The JO, Unified Government Transit and IndeBus – will offer 75¢ bus rides tomorrow to promote healthy air quality.

Citizens can help clear the air in Kansas City by riding the bus instead of driving, even for short trips.

An online trip planner are available at http://www.kcata.org, or by calling (816) 221-0660. The Regional Call Center offers trip planning assistance weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 

KCATA GM Mark Huffer Resigns

Posted on: Aug 19, 2014

(Kansas City, Mo. – Aug. 15, 2014) The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority announced that Mark E. Huffer, general manager, will leave his post effective August 22, 2014.

Huffer has served as general manager since 2000 and has positioned the agency to begin the implementation of an organization-wide restructuring designed to emphasize its capabilities and technical expertise to plan and manage regional projects.

Huffer said that with the reorganization complete, the timing was right for him to pass the mantle to new leadership at the Authority.

“This is the right time for both me and the Authority,” said Huffer. “KCATA is well positioned for the future and I have no doubt that it will continue to thrive. It is rare for a transit CEO to stay at the same agency for 14 years. One of the highlights for me has been the genuine honor of working with the great employees at KCATA.”

Under Huffer’s leadership, KCATA has seen many innovations including MAX Bus Rapid Transit on Troost Ave. and Main Street, construction of a child care/transit center at 39th & Troost, real-time passenger information at over 150 stop locations, passage of an additional 3/8-cent sales tax to support KCATA operations, and conversion of the diesel fleet to compressed natural gas.

“Mark has been a driving force for better transit at KCATA and this region for 14 years,” said Robbie Makinen, chairman of the KCATA Board of Commissioners. “He is a quiet leader who doesn't seek credit for himself, but has guided KCATA to many improvements and innovations over the years. He has been a great asset to KCATA and he will be missed. The entire Board of Commissioners thanks Mark for his service and wishes him success in his future endeavors.”

Sam Desue, the current Vice President of Operations/COO, will serve as interim general manager.

 

Ozone Alert! Issued for Saturday, July 26

Posted on: Jul 25, 2014

The Metro Offers 75-Cent Bus Rides

Saturday, July 26, is an Ozone Alert! The Metro is offering 75¢ bus rides to promote healthy air quality.

Motor vehicle emissions are the greatest contributor to ozone pollution in greater Kansas City. By riding the bus instead of driving, people can help reduce the amount of ozone in the air. The Metro, The JO, Unified Government Transit and IndeBus offer 75¢ bus rides during all Ozone Alerts! between June 1 and September 30.

Ozone Alerts! are issued when ground-level ozone reaches high levels. These levels are dangerous for people with respiratory problems, as well as for healthy adults and children playing, working and exercising outdoors. Since automobiles produce more than one-third of the emissions associated with ground-level ozone, reducing driving is a good way to help improve air quality.

To plan the day’s commute by bus call the Regional Call Center at (816) 221-0660 on weekdays between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. You can also visit www.kcata.org to look up routes and schedules or use use the Trip Planner.  The ozone forecast is available at (913) 383-7557 and www.marc.org; local weather forecasts feature a color-coded SkyCast, with alerts declared for Red and Orange days.

 

2014 Rosa Parks SPIRIT Awards

Posted on: Jul 17, 2014

(Kansas City, Mo. – July 17, 2014) On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) will present the second annual KCATA Rosa Parks SPIRIT Awards to those who make a positive difference in public transportation and throughout the community.

This year’s awards will honor four difference makers at a reception beginning at 5 p.m. at the Urban Event, located inside the historic Firestone Building at 2001 Grand Blvd. The honorees are:

Chief Darryl Forte:

Rev. Wallace S. Hartsfield, Sr.:

REVOLVE:

Sen. Christopher "Kit" Bond:

 

KCATA Hosts Meetings to Discuss Long-term Vision of Downtown Transit

Posted on: Jul 08, 2014

KCATA to Host Two Public Meetings to Discuss the Long-term Vision of Downtown Transit

More information: Visit the Downtown Transit Vision page.

(Kansas City, Mo. – July 8, 2014) The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) will host two public meetings on Thursday, July 17, to discuss Kansas City’s long-term vision for downtown transit.

WHAT:

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority is asking for public input as they develop a strategic plan for Downtown’s transit future. This vision to create a more intuitive, faster and integrated system includes:

WHEN:

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) will host two public meetings on Thursday, July 17, to discuss Kansas City’s long-term vision for downtown transit.

11:30 am–1:30 pm: Kansas City Central Library Multi-purpose Room, Vault Level. 14 W. 10th Street, Kansas City, Mo.
Brief presentation at 11:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.
(Parking garage at northwest corner of 10th & Baltimore)
Several Metro routes travel near the library, including Main St. MAX, Troost MAX, 47-Broadway, 71-Prospect, 173-Casino Cruiser and many more routes.

5–6:30 pm: Kansas City Design Center, 1018 Baltimore, Kansas City, Mo. 
Brief presentation at 5:15 p.m. 
(On-street parking available) 
Several Metro routes travel near the Design Center, including Main St. MAX, Troost MAX, 71-Prospect, 173-Casino Cruiser and many more routes.

Brief presentations will be made at 11:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. to introduce the downtown service concept to simplify and enhance transit options for downtown transit customers.

The public will then be invited to view, ask questions and comment on proposed downtown route changes along the transit emphasis corridors and on the conceptual designs of proposed transit facilities.

For more information about the downtown transit concept and additional materials, visit the Downtown Transit Vision page.

 

New 105-Rosedale Route To Connect KCK Neighborhoods

Posted on: Jun 25, 2014

(Kansas City, Mo. – June 25, 2014) The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority and Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Ks. (Unified Government), announce a new route that will provide vital connections and access to Kansas City, Ks., neighborhoods and the KU Medical Center.

The Metro’s 105-Rosedale begins service to the Argentine and Rosedale neighborhoods on Monday. KCATA and Unified Government Transit will celebrate the start of the new route at an event at Emerson Park in Argentine on Monday, June 30, from 11:48 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A coalition of citizens and community organizations joined with District 3 Unified Government Commissioner Ann Murguia to generate support for the new route.

“We expect the new service to improve the quality of life for the citizens in our Kansas City, Ks., neighborhoods,” Murguia said.

The Metro’s 105-Rosedale route will provide service Monday through Saturday, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The route will run every 60 minutes. The route will make connections to the 104-Argentine and the 107-7th Street. The route’s destinations include Argentine Community Center, Argentine District, Argentine School, Cambridge Apartments, Continental Apartments, Emerson Park, Frank Rushton School, JC Harmon School, Kansas City Transitional Care Center, Mission Road Studios, Rainbow Ridge Apartments, Rosedale District, Save-A-Lot, University of Kansas Medical Center, Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market, and Westwood City Hall.

“The Metro is looking forward to providing more access to jobs, healthcare and shopping in the Kansas City, Ks., neighborhoods,” said KCATA General Manager Mark Huffer. “We applaud the citizens of these neighborhoods for working to bring transit service to their neighborhoods, providing important access to opportunities for area residents and employees.”

New schedules are available on buses, in schedule racks and online. Customers can plan a trip and get schedule information by calling the Regional Call Center at 816-221-0660 or visiting http://www.kcata.org.

The cost of the route is $253,000 annually and is being funded by the Unified Government.