KCATA Experiences Record-Breaking Ridership For Royal Celebration
(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.