RideKC Improves Service August 2; New East Village Transit Center Opens

Posted on: Jul 28, 2020

(Kansas City, Mo. – July 27, 2020) The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) announces good news for RideKC customers beginning Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020. First, the newly built East Village Transit Center at 12th & Charlotte will open for bus service. Second, starting in August, several routes will restore weekday service, or add trips where crowding has been occurring.

“These improvements will allow workers and other residents to get to essential services,” said Robbie Makinen, KCATA president & CEO. “RideKC has taken several steps to ensure the safety of our customers and operators, including suspending fares, and requiring masks, social distancing and rear boarding. Together, we can all keep public transportation safe.”

East Village Transit Center Opens

The East Village Transit Center will open as the main downtown transit facility, replacing the 10th & Main location that has become too small for RideKC’s needs. The facility at 10th & Main will close to transit Aug. 2. East Village provides frequent east-west connections to the core of downtown and serves as the downtown anchor for the new 10-mile Prospect MAX line. The transit center will be accessible for people with disabilities and will include one-step level boarding, bike racks, RideKC Bike rentals, and show real-time arrival information. Future improvements include free public WiFi. An indoor waiting area is expected to open when COVID-19 is no longer a local threat. The Customer Service Lobby at 18th & Forest will relocate there at that time. Nearly 20 MAX, local and express routes will serve the East Village Transit Center.

RideKC Bus Service Restored, Improved

In line with RideKC’s Service Restoration Plan, regular weekday service will be restored on select routes effective Aug. 2, 2020. This expanded service is based on a detailed review of current ridership patterns, the need to maintain social distancing, and restoring access to essential jobs and services in areas with no other coverage.

Several routes will have regular weekday service restored. Several additional routes will maintain existing service, with Saturday schedules operating on weekdays, but with added trips in the early morning. Some routes may have time changes. Many routes will now travel to East Village Transit Center as the 10th & Main Transit Center closes.

Routes operated by the Unified Government, Johnson County, and the City of Independence are not impacted.

Detailed maps and timetables are available at ridekc.org. For more information, call the Regional Call Center at 816-221-0660 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays

RideKC Announces Transit as Its New Official App

Posted on: May 06, 2020

Riders have a go-to app for real-time information, trip planning, and payments

(Kansas City, Mo. | May 6, 2020) RideKC announces Transit as Kansas City’s official mobility app. Riders can use the app to plan their trip, track their ride in real time and make multimodal connections to RideKC bikeshare, scooters, Uber and Lyft. Plus, on trips that include fares, RideKC riders will soon be able to use Transit to pay for their journey. Transit replaces the RideKC app, which will no longer be supported after May 6, 2020.

Thousands of Kansas City riders already use Transit, the leading transport app in North America with millions of active users in more than 200 cities worldwide. During and after the coronavirus outbreak, Transit provides up-to-date transit information to everyone who relies on public transit for critical trips.

Upon launching Transit, RideKC users see nearby transit options and departure times in big text and bright colors. Users can navigate the region, aided by accurate real-time tracking, trip planning, and step-by-step navigation with Transit’s GO feature. They can subscribe to service alerts for their favorite transit lines and receive notifications with the latest updates. Users can also see the availability of RideKC bikes and scooters in real time on the home screen, or book and pay for an Uber or Lyft ride directly in the app.

Download the app

iOS App Link    Android App Link 

RideKC has currently suspended fare collection due to the COVID-19 outbreak. As fare collection resumes on a limited number of routes, riders will be able to purchase fares in the app, providing a safe and easy solution to minimize physical contact between drivers, riders, and shared surfaces. As a result of its partnership with Transit, RideKC will also receive anonymous, aggregated data and customizations to better serve the public, such as the ability to send important information directly to riders on Transit’s home screen.

RideKC joins dozens of other transit agencies across North America that have partnered with Transit, including Boston’s MBTA, St. Louis Metro, Baltimore’s MDOT MTA, Tampa Bay’s PSTA and Silicon Valley’s VTA.

"The new Transit app will take RideKC's customer experience to a new level," said Robbie Makinen, President and CEO of KCATA. "It's a one-stop-shop connection to regional transit, giving customers more choices and control over their mobility options."

“We want to make it easy for people to hop aboard RideKC. Partnering with a single app that prioritizes transit makes it clear to riders where they can go for information,” said David Block-Schachter, Chief Business Officer at Transit. “During and after the coronavirus response, people depending on public transit need to know where they can turn for accurate information and latest service updates. We’re excited to work with RideKC to make public transit more reliable, and see more people using Transit as part of their daily routine.”

Transit is available to download for iPhone and Android at www.transitapp.com.

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Sound the Horn for Transit Workers: April 16

Posted on: Apr 16, 2020

RideKC is joining transit agencies across the nation to “sound the horn” for transit workers and other front line workers who are keeping communities going during the COVID-19 pandemic.

At 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 16 RideKC bus operators will honk their horns twice, in recognition of #HeroesMovingHeroes on the front lines of this crisis. Transportation workers continue to provide critical service for healthcare workers, first responders, childcare workers, grocery store employees and other heroes who are performing critically essential work during the Covid-19 pandemic.

RideKC is joining transit agencies from coast to coast in sounding their horns, including the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in New York City, Amtrak and many others.

We encourage everyone to sound off with their support for front line staff and all who keep going to work while the rest of the world stops. At 2:00 p.m., you can also make some noise in person or online, with a honk, whistle, or a virtual shout out.

Share a message, photo or short video of your tribute. Use the hashtags #soundthehorn or #heroesmovingheroes and tag RideKC: @RideKCTransit on Twitter or @RideKC on Instagram and Facebook.

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RideKC Reduces Bus Service in KCMO Due to Stay-at-Home Order

Posted on: Apr 07, 2020

UPDATE 4/10:  Johnson County announces a reduction in transit service levels to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 while maintaining access to essential businesses and services for riders. 

In response to the Stay-At-Home order issued by area counties and municipalities, Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) in partnership with the City of Kansas City, Mo., will reduce transit service starting Sunday, April 12, 2020. Bus routes originating in Kansas City, Mo., will run on modified service with most routes using a Saturday schedule that will end at 9 p.m. Many routes that don’t run on Saturdays will now be added to a Saturday schedule to accommodate our regional partners’ transit needs. All Sunday routes will run as normal but will now end at 9 p.m.

Other RideKC regional services will operate on the schedules below:

Our average daily ridership has taken a sharp decrease since the Stay-At-Home order was issued. We are experiencing higher than normal absenteeism – more than 120 operators daily.  Even with a decline in ridership and higher absenteeism we hope to keep all of our full-time Bus Operators employed during this crisis. Unfortunately, we had to lay-off about 66 part-time operators.

With the region under stay at home orders, KCATA continues to deliver a vital public service to health care workers, pharmacy employees, grocery store employees and others employed in essential jobs. Transit operators are on the front line seven days a week and we’re proud of the work they are doing during this challenging time.

 For the latest schedule updates and RideKC news, please check our website and follow us on social media and at RideKC.org.

KCATA April 6 COVID-19 Update

Posted on: Apr 06, 2020

KCATA continues to deliver a vital public service to health care workers, pharmacy and grocery store employees, and others working or traveling to essential destinations. Transit operators are on the front line seven days a week and they deserve special recognition for their commitment and service during this challenging time. With the region under stay-at-home orders, residents are encouraged to use public transit for essential trips only.  

Absenteeism has continued to be higher than normal, averaging more than 120 bus operators absent daily. As of April 6, eighty employee absences are directly related to COVID-19, with 71 self-quarantined, eight with childcare issues. On Monday, April 6, 2020, we were notified that one of our employees tested positive.

 “The health and safety of our KCATA employees is paramount,” said Robbie Makinen, President & Chief Executive Officer, KCATA. “We will continue to take proactive measures to protect our employees and community as we weather the impacts of COVID-19.”

We encourage everyone to exercise caution and take all appropriate health and safety measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

RideKC Regional Transit Services Response to COVID-19

Posted on: Mar 19, 2020

(Kansas City, Mo. – March 19, 2020) – In an effort to protect transit operators, customers and the general public, Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) announces that all RideKC regional transit services have taken a variety of proactive measures in response to the spread of the novel coronavirus.

“As our community faces this crisis, we can’t lose sight of the impact it is having on so many individuals,” said KCATA President & CEO Robbie Makinen. “With every closure that is announced, there are hard-working people on the other end feeling the impact, not to mention those dependent on access to medical care and essential jobs.  We’re not going to run away from the people who need us most. We’re going to run toward them. RideKC encourages our customers to practice social distancing and only travel as necessary. Our partners at the KC Streetcar, RideKC Bike & Scooter and our transit partners on both sides of the state line are teaming up to make our broad-based communities safer.”

RideKC Transit Suspends Fares Temporarily

RideKC regional transit partners will temporarily suspend fares on public transit effective immediately. Suspending fares will improve safety by reducing the handling of cash and touching surfaces by so many people. Participating transit partners are KCATA, Unified Government Transit, Johnson County, Kan., the cities of Kansas City, Mo., Independence, Lee’s Summit, Blue Springs, North Kansas City, Riverside, Gladstone, Raytown, Liberty, Unity Village and Grandview.

“I care first and foremost about the health and safety of all Kansas Citians and urge all residents to practice social distancing and to stay home unless absolutely necessary,” said Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Quinton Lucas. “I also understand that there are many in our community—those who work in essential jobs, or have to make necessary trips to purchase groceries, supplies, or obtain medical treatment—who rely on public transportation to get them there. By eliminating bus fares, coupled with several other health and safety measures KCATA has already implemented, we are better protecting our bus drivers and riders alike. This is a positive example of our regional collaboration to fight for equity in the wake of this public health pandemic.”

 “On behalf of Wyandotte County, we appreciate the efforts of RideKC to accommodate the needs of our residents, as all of us must continually adapt to an ever developing situation,” said David Alvey, Mayor/CEO  of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kan.

“We are glad to cooperate with KCATA and our other metro partners in this effort,” said Ed Eilert, chairman, Board of County Commissioners, Johnson County, Kan.

 “It’s times like this that we see how strong and how caring our region is,” said Independence Mayor Eileen Weir. “We see medical professionals on the front line, but let’s not forget our transit operators who are also on the front line continuing to serve our communities every day. I think we owe them a big thank you at this very uncertain time in our nation.”

RideKC Taking Measures to Protect Customers on Board

RideKC fleets are sanitized nightly with either a misting sanitizer using aqueous ozone or wiping down surfaces with a sanitizer. Hand sanitizer is available for passengers. Educational information encouraging social distancing, frequent hand washing, avoiding face touching and covering sneezes and coughs have been shared for weeks across all of our media channels. Customers are encouraged to let us know if they see an unhygienic surface on the vehicles or at a shelter or station by telling the operator, another transit employee or calling customer service at 816-221-0660.

Misting sanitizers used by RideKC: The misters use stabilized aqueous ozone. The compound is H203. H203 is food-grade safe and there is no chemical harm. Stabilized aqueous ozone is a safe, sustainable alternative to traditional chemical cleaners and sanitizers. It has been used to sanitize drinking water, produce and surgical instruments. 

Please follow our social media channels and monitor our website at RideKC.org for the latest information.

RideKC Streetcar Reduces Hours Temporarily

In response to COVID-19, the KC Streetcar will temporarily operate with reduced hours, ending service at 8 p.m. nightly. Starting on Friday, March 20, the KC Streetcar will operate from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, and 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The KC Streetcar will continue to operate three streetcars, seven days a week providing important access to grocery stores, critical employment centers, medical facilities, and pharmacy services.

This shift aligns with recent changes in downtown activity levels and allows the KC Streetcar team additional time to clean all streetcar vehicles and stops as well as providing staff important time with their families. 

“This schedule modification responds to, and supports, Mayor Lucas’ Emergency Declaration related to the closure of restaurants, bars and downtown activity centers, and aligns our service-levels appropriately. We are encouraging all streetcar riders to limit trips to those that are necessary and respect the social distancing guidelines put forward by the CDC,” said Tom Gerend, executive director, KC Streetcar Authority.  

As part of the daily maintenance routine, all KC Streetcars receive a mid-day cleaning and a thorough cleaning at the end of every day. The cleaning products are effective against numerous bacteria and viruses, including the Human Coronavirus and Influenza Type A Virus. Other proactive measures include installing hand sanitizer dispensers on every KC Streetcar vehicle, automatically opening all streetcar doors for riders, and operators being equipped with gloves, hand sanitizer, Clorox wipes and Lysol, which is sprayed onboard every time a streetcar arrives at the Union Station streetcar stop.

For up-to-date information about the KC Streetcar's response to the Coronavirus, visit our website at www.kcstreetcar.org/clean

RideKC Bike & Scooter Announces Free Rides and Free Use for Business Delivery

We are now providing free unlimited 20-minute rides to everyone in our community. Simply download the Drop Mobility app on your smart phone to get started. Use promo code "GOKC" to redeem your free rides. In addition, RideKC Bike and Scooter announces free unlimited use of bikes and scooters for businesses that want to provide their own delivery service via RideKC electric-assist bikes or scooters. Please send an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with the name of your business and they will respond with details. Note: Each person using a bike will need their own account since a smart phone is required to unlock and lock bikes.

RideKC Bike and Scooter is actively disinfecting all devices, but riders should take some steps to be proactive as well. Wash your hands thoroughly after riding and avoid touching your face until you have washed your hands.

“We are committed to the health and safety of our customers and riders should feel confident that their ride is clean and sanitized,” says Eric Vaughan, director of bike share and business services. “Bikes and scooters are a great way to get around town while getting a little exercise during these times of social isolation.” Visit [url=http://www.ridekcbike.com]http://www.ridekcbike.com[/url] to learn more.

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UMKC Research Shows Economic Impact of Zero Fare Transit

Posted on: Feb 27, 2020

KCATA collaborated with the Center for Economic Information at the University of Missouri Kansas City to better understand the economic impact of the proposed zero-fare policy. Their analysis states the regional Gross Domestic Product will increase between $13 million and $17.9 million as a result of ZeroFare KC. For those living paycheck to paycheck, as most Americans are, even the $50 income they would have spent on a monthly bus pass will improve the quality of life in the Kansas City area. Read the final report here.

Transit's Promise to Missouri

In 2019, the Missouri Public Transit Association (MPTA) released the findings of a six-month study showing the economic impact of public transit in the State of Missouri. On an average annual basis, spending by the public transit industry, its employees and riders in the Kansas City Area supports 6,310 direct and indirect jobs. On an average annual basis, $786.4 million in economic output is generated in the Kansas City Area by direct and indirect public transit operations. Read the final report.

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RideKC Schedules Pop-Ups for Customers to Take Redesign Survey

Posted on: Feb 24, 2020

March 11 Update: The survey deadline has been extended to March 31. 

RideKC released a draft plan of the RideKC Next system redesign and invites citizens to give their thoughts about the proposed changes in an online survey. The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) redesign is one of the largest system redesigns in the agency’s history. The redesign evaluated every bus route in the system to come up with a draft plan created from direct engagement with stakeholders and the community’s responses to the summer 2019 survey.

The draft plan proposes more fast and frequent service, more frequent weekend routes and better East-West connectivity. RideKC wants to hear from you! You can take the online survey about the draft plan at ridekcnext.org. Request a paper copy by email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or by calling 816-346-0300.

Survey responses will be used to craft the final plan which will be submitted to the KCATA Board of Commissioners for approval in late summer. The changes will go into effect in the fall.

Customers Can Attend Pop-Up Meetings to Take Survey

Tuesday, February 25, 4 to 6 p.m., Kansas City Public Library - Central Branch, served by multiple routes downtown

Thursday, February 27,  4 to 6 p.m., Mid-Continent Public Library, Antioch Branch, near route 238

Friday, February 28, 7 to 9 a.m., 75th Street and Wornall Park and Ride, served by the Main MAX, 75, 475, 57, and 495

Tuesday, March 3, 4 to 6 p.m., Kansas City Public Library - Central Branch, served by multiple routes downtown

Thursday, March 5, 7 to 9 a.m., Boardwalk Square, served by the 229, 201, and 234

Thursday, March 5, 4 to 6 p.m., Kansas City Public Library, Lucile Bluford Branch, served by the Prospect MAX, 71, and 31

For trip planning assistance to one of the locations, call the Regional Call Center at 816-221-0660, weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

KCATA Reveals Honor Plaque Recipients

Posted on: Feb 11, 2020

Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) reveals the names of 10 influential African American Kansas Citians as part of the Paving the Way Honor Plaque Program. The program honors local icons who helped shaped Kansas City. Each recipient will have their name engraved on a granite tile at one of the Prospect MAX platforms along the Prospect Corridor. In addition to the plaques, a bio and video of the honorees will play on the kiosks starting in February. The following honorees were selected by a subcommittee of the Prospect MAX Advisory Committee, which included more than 40 people who offered guidance and feedback about the Prospect MAX project:

Alvin Brooks                                         Gregory & Prospect Northbound

Bernard Powell                                     27th & Prospect Northbound

Dr. Samuel U. Rodgers                        12th & Prospect Westbound

Horace M. Peterson III                          Truman & Prospect Southbound

Lucile Bluford                                        18th & Prospect Southbound

Ray Harris, Jr.                                       Swope Parkway Northbound

Rev. A.L. Johnson, Sr.                          Swope Parkway & Prospect Southbound

Rev. Dr. Wallace S. Hartsfield, Sr.           31st & Prospect Northbound

Fred A. Curls                                         31st & Prospect Southbound

Willie Arthur Smith                                 23rd & Prospect Southbound

“We’re proud to honor these 10 pioneers who fought for social equity, justice and equality to make Kansas City the diverse place it is today,” said Robbie Makinen, President and CEO of KCATA. “It’s because they were willing to take a stand and leave their comfort zone that they were able to create the history we celebrate today.”

Prospect MAX BRT will inject $56 million worth of street and sidewalk upgrades, transit stop infrastructure and advanced technology along Kansas City’s 10-mile Prospect Avenue corridor from downtown to 75th Street. It will have boarding stations every four to six blocks. The new BRT line will enhance the transit experience for existing riders by offering more frequent service, traffic signal priority, fewer stops, free public WiFi and uniquely branded red buses. The stations will offer no-step levelboarding for customers and conductive concrete, which melts snow and ice from the sidewalks and platforms.

RideKC Announces Shuttle Service For Chiefs Kingdom Champions Parade

Posted on: Feb 04, 2020

RideKC is providing shuttle service from five park-and-rides to the Chiefs Kingdom Champions Parade tomorrow. To celebrate the Chiefs victory and make traveling easier for all customers, RideKC will offer free fares all day.

Fans can catch a RideKC Shuttle from five park-and-rides throughout the region. The first shuttle leaves each park-and-ride at 7 a.m. Shuttles continue running until 11:30 a.m. After the parade, shuttle service will be provided until approximately 6 p.m. Buses will only return fans to park-and-rides.  Fans should board return shuttles where they were dropped off before the parade. The shuttle bus destination will be displayed on the overhead sign. The Shuttle Park-and-Rides are below:

HyVee Arena (KCMO): Buses will drop off and pick up in downtown at 18th and Troost.

Worlds of Fun (KCMO): Buses will drop off and pick up in downtown at Truman and Lydia.

Oak Park Mall (Overland Park, Kan.): Buses will drop off and pick up in downtown at 25th and Southwest Blvd.

47th & State Transit Center (Kansas City, Kan.): Buses will drop off and pick up at Gillham and 31st. 

Swope Park/Zoo Parking Lot (KCMO/Jackson County): Buses will drop off and pick up in downtown at 31st and Main.

The shuttles will not pick up or drop off passengers at any other stop.

Coolers, lawn chairs, alcoholic beverages, weapons, fireworks and any other items prohibited by the RideKC Code of Conduct will not be allowed on buses. Strollers must be folded prior to boarding. Additional recommendations and restrictions for the parade and celebration can be found at ChiefsParade.com.

Due to the major impact of the parade, regular RideKC service will be significantly impacted. Only 10 routes will run, most with significant detours. The three MAX lines will run every 30 minutes, and seven local routes will run hourly. Service will start at 6 a.m. More route details are available at ridekc.org.

KCATA Board of Commissioners Elects New Officers

Posted on: Jan 27, 2020

The Board of Commissioners of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) elected new officers at the Jan. 22, 2020 board meeting. The new Board Chair is Commissioner David Bower of Jackson County, Mo. Commissioner Melissa Bynum of Wyandotte County, Kan., was elected Vice Chair. Commissioner Anne Post of Kansas City, Mo., was elected Secretary and Commissioner Jim Allen of Johnson County, Kan. was elected Treasurer. All the new officers held positions on the board last year. Commissioners are nominated at the end of the year and officially elected in January of each year.

 

In 2020, the Board meetings will be held bi-monthly at KCATA headquarters at 1200 E. 18th Street, Kansas City, Mo. 64108. The board meetings start at noon and are open to the public. For more information about each commissioner, visit our websit at kcata.org.  

 

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.

RideKC Ready for Forecasted Snow and Ice

Posted on: Jan 09, 2020

Kansas City, Mo. -  The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) anticipates the forecasted snow and ice storm may cause hazardous travel conditions and affect our transit service during the Friday evening rush hour and on Saturday.

Based on when the storm hits, there could be potential for service suspensions. This could impact the availability of afternoon commuter express trips, as well as all other service. Paratransit service will likely be affected and customers may want to consider rescheduling non-essential trips.

If temperatures dip lower than 10 degrees, a RideKC warming bus will stationed at 10th and Main for customers.

The best way to find out about schedule changes and reroutes is on our website [url=http://www.ridekc.org]http://www.ridekc.org[/url]. RideKC also distributes notices about system-wide delays through Twitter. Customers can follow RideKC at www.twitter.com/RideKCTransit and www.facebook.com/RideKC. 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. The RideKC App is available for Apple and Android smartphones and can be downloaded at http://ridekc.org/fares/mobile-payment-app.

The Regional Call Center, 816-221-0660, will be open Saturday morning from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

New Year’s Eve Revellers Can Ride Fare Free

Posted on: Dec 31, 2019

(Kansas City, Mo. I December 31, 2019) – RideKC is offering free rides after 4 p.m. on New Year’s Eve to help riders get home safe.

Fares on all RideKC bus routes serving Kansas City, Johnson County, Wyandotte County and Independence will be free from 4 p.m. to service ends after midnight. KCATA and Johnson County paratransit will also be free to ride after 4 p.m. 510 and Micro Transit are not included. 

RideKC will use a Sunday/Holiday schedule on New Year’s Day.

Riders can plan a trip at [url=http://www.ridekc.org]http://www.ridekc.org[/url], using the trip planner on the home page. Customers can get help planning a trip by calling the Regional Call Center at 816-221-0660, weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

RideKC Kicks Off Prospect MAX BRT Line With a Party On Prospect

Posted on: Dec 04, 2019

RideKC will celebrate the launch of the transformational Prospect MAX Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019 with a party on Prospect – Prospectacular from 12 to 3 p.m. in the Sun Fresh Market parking lot at 3110 Prospect.

Prospectacular – The Kickoff Celebration

Prospectacular will be a family-friendly event for customers and the many stakeholders who have worked for years to see this project completed. There will be free food (while supplies last), games, Prospect MAX giveaways and the Marching Cobras will perform. The official program starts at 1:30 p.m. when Mayor Quinton Lucas will make a major announcement about the new service. Congressman Emanuel Cleaver and City of Kansas City, Mo. Councilmembers will be there to celebrate this long-awaited $56 million transit investment. 

The Maiden Voyage – Customer Appreciation

Prospect MAX will officially start service at 4:13 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. The first customer on board will get a special gift. Then from 6 a.m. to noon, Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) staff will be stationed at various Prospect MAX platforms along the route to welcome customers, hand out Prospect MAX themed gifts and to educate riders about the new route amenities.

“This is a premiere BRT line that we’ve been planning for years to enhance one of our busiest routes,” said Robbie Makinen, President and CEO of KCATA. “We’ve put a lot of high-tech amenities along the corridor and we want customers to enjoy all the upgrades to this important route for the City’s Eastside.” 

Prospect MAX – RideKC’s Third BRT MAX Line

Prospect MAX BRT will inject $56 million worth of street and sidewalk upgrades, transit stop infrastructure and advanced technology along Kansas City’s 10-mile Prospect Avenue corridor from downtown to 75th Street. It will have boarding stations every four to six blocks. The new BRT line will enhance the transit experience for existing riders by offering more frequent service, traffic signal priority, fewer stops, free public WiFi and uniquely branded red buses. The stations will offer no-step level-boarding for customers and conductive concrete, which melts snow and ice from the sidewalks and platforms.

KCATA already operates two MAX BRT lines: Main MAX (opened 2005) and Troost MAX (opened 2011). Prospect MAX is projected to be 100% complete by Spring 2020.

RideKC Announces Start Date of $56 Million Prospect Max Route

Posted on: Oct 23, 2019

After years in the making, opening day for RideKC’s new Prospect MAX Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line is finally announced - Dec. 9, 2019. The transformative BRT route will inject $56 million worth of street and sidewalk upgrades, transit stop infrastructure and advanced technology along Kansas City’s 10-mile Prospect Ave. from Downtown to 75th St.

“This is a win for the region, but more so for the people who live along Prospect,” said Robbie Makinen, President and CEO of KCATA. “We are thankful to the Federal Transit Administration and the local construction firms and many partners who’ve collaborated to bring this innovative BRT technology to Kansas City’s eastside.”

Prospect MAX will offer frequent service, uniquely branded MAX stations and vehicles, traffic signal priority and fewer stops for faster service. High ridership stations have level boarding, so no steps for customers; and conductive concrete, which melts snow and ice. Prospect MAX stations offer touchscreen technology and free WiFi. Local firms built and repaired more than 40,000 feet of sidewalks along the route. The DBE participation goal was set at 15%. KCATA surpassed that with 26% participation from local minority firms.  

The 75th & Prospect Transit Center at Alphapointe will also open Dec. 9, and the East Village Transit Center will open in Spring 2020.

Prospect MAX schedule

Weekdays, 4 a.m. – 1 a.m.: Every 10 minutes during the day, every 30 minutes at night

Saturdays, 5 a.m. – 1 a.m.: Every 15 minutes during the day, every 30 minutes at night

Sundays, 5:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.: Every 30 minutes

MAX is RideKC’s brand for Bus Rapid Transit. KCATA already operates two MAX BRT lines: Main MAX (opened 2005) and Troost MAX (opened 2011). Prospect MAX is projected to be 100% complete by Spring 2020.

Look for future RideKC media alerts for the following Prospect MAX events over the next few weeks leading up to the launch:

-Level Boarding Demonstration and Bus Amenity Showcase   

-Honor Plaque Program

-Prospect MAX Grand Opening Celebration

KCATA Honors Transit Heroes at Annual Rosa Parks Awards Ceremony

Posted on: Sep 03, 2019

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) recognized eight local leaders at the 2019 Rosa Parks Spirit Awards at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland on August 27, 2019. KCATA’s 7th annual signature event honors local individuals and organizations who are making a positive impact on the region’s transit industry.

“The Rosa Parks Spirit Awards is not about the shiny award but more about the shining example each honoree shows in the region,” said Robbie Makinen, President and CEO of KCATA.  “The awards highlight their journey and why they are so passionate about touching the lives of the folks who depend on public transportation.”

While all the awards are presented in the spirit of Rosa Parks, this was the first year KCATA presented an actual “Rosa Parks” award. The inaugural Rosa Parks Award was presented to Gwendolyn Grant, president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Kansas City for her tireless work for equality and social justice. Her legacy includes improving public transportation to provide access to opportunities through jobs, education, shopping and medical care throughout the region.

“Just as Rosa Parks was a trailblazer in her time, Gwen Grant is that trailblazer for Kansas City," said Robbie Makinen. “Gwen really pushes you to be uncomfortable with the injustices in this country. It’s that push that holds us accountable to provide equity and dignity in public transportation. KCATA is proud to honor Gwen with this award.”

Other 2019 winners include:

RideKC Award

Brian McKiernan, Commissioner, Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas.

The RideKC Award is presented to an individual or organization who has demonstrated great strides in building a more integrated regional transit system. Commissioner Brian McKiernan from the Unified Government has been a steady supporter of bi-state public transportation and was instrumental in uniting the region under one umbrella. He continues to be a voice for transit as co-chair of the Regional Transit Coordinating Council and as an elected official.

“It’s very humbling to receive this award,” said McKiernan. “Especially since it’s named after someone who was such a pioneer in ensuring that all of us had access to safe and affordable public transportation.”

Community Partner Award

Dr. Mark Bedell, Superintendent, Kansas City Public Schools

Dr. Yolanda Cargile, Superintendent, Hickman Mills C-1 Public Schools

Dr. Michael Weishaar, Interim Superintendent, Center Public Schools

The Community Partner Award was presented to a trifecta of outstanding school superintendents.  They were each recognized for launching a pilot program that enables their high school students to ride regional transit at no cost to them. “We didn’t do this expecting an award,” said Dr. Mark Bedell. “The impact is more important for me and our students can easily speak to the difference this is making in their lives.” Because of their leadership, 60,000 trips were made by district students accessing jobs, internships and after school activities.

Business Partner Award

Scott Smith, HNTB (retired) and Mike DeBacker, Burns & McDonnell

Co-Chairs of the KC Chamber’s Big 5 Transportation Initiative

The Business Partner Award was presented to Scott Smith, retired from HNTB, and Michael DeBacker, Burns & McDonnell, co-chairs of the Greater Kansas City Chamber’s Big 5 Transportation Initiative. The duo was recognized for their leadership in support of transportation, innovation, and workforce movement in the Kansas City region. “It’s their combination of professional experience and passion for the community that drives them as co-chairs and they are driving the business industry’s interest and engagement in this,” said Joe Reardon, President and CEO of the Kansas City, Mo., Chamber of Commerce. They worked to bring a broader spectrum of business leaders to the table to really understand how their business success depends on good public transportation. “When you look at the impact that Rosa Parks had, not just on transportation but on culture and society and on the United States moving forward, those are big impacts,” said Smith. “It’s a great honor to receive a reward in her name and it makes us raise our sights very high.”

Regional Leadership Award

Daniel Serda, Project Manager, KC-CUR, LISC

KCATA also presented Board Chair, Daniel Serda with the Regional Leadership Award for his decades of commitment to advocating for one regional transit system. For over 20 years, Serda has worked to push the idea of a strong bi-state collaboration which would enforce the value of a robust public transportation system in the region. “There are a lot of people standing on the shoulders of Daniel Serda and the work he started with the Regional Transit Alliance,” said Makinen. Serda continues to push for community involvement and transparency as Chair of the KCATA Board of Commissioners.

 Lathrop Gage sponsored the 2019 Rosa Parks Awards. 

RideKC Combats Rising Temperatures with Cooling Bus

Posted on: Jul 17, 2019

RideKC will host a cooling bus at the 10th and Main Transit Center from 11:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. today to help customers beat the heat. Temperatures are forecast to exceed 100 degrees today. When temperatures soar above 100 degrees, RideKC dispatches a cooling bus at 10th and Main. When temperatures drop below 10 degrees, a heating bus is stationed at the same location.

Passengers will not be charged a fare to board the cooling bus.

Free RideKC Shuttles Will Move Thousands of KC Air Show Fans

Posted on: Jul 05, 2019

Buck O’Neil Bridge closed to all vehicles except RideKC Shuttles

(Kansas City, Mo. I July 5, 2019) - RideKC shuttles will transport thousands of fans to the 2019 KC Air Show on Saturday, July 6 and Sunday, July 7 at the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport. The free shuttles will start at 8 a.m. and will continue until 6:30 p.m. on both days. Shuttles will arrive and depart from three free parking locations, 7th and Baltimore (J.E. Dunn Garage), Hy-Vee Arena (old Kemper Arena) and 11th and Oak (Ed Wolf Garage). There will be volunteers stationed at each location to help fans navigate to the Air Show using the shuttles. 

The Buck O’Neil Bridge will be closed to all traffic and only RideKC shuttles will be able to drive over the bridge. RideKC is providing 80 air-conditioned buses for shuttles. Please plan to arrive at the shuttle locations early as there may be long lines waiting to load the buses. The Downtown Streetcar will be running during the event. Attendees can use the North Loop stop at 7th and Main to exit the KC Streetcar and get on the shuttle at 7th and Baltimore. Downloadable maps of the parking locations are available on the KC Air Show website.

Gates open at 9 a.m. on both show days. Aerial performances are scheduled to start at approximately 10:30 a.m. Gates will close at approximately 5 p.m. each day.

The famed Blue Angels are performing, as well as the U.S. Army Golden Knights, A-10 Demo Team, Patty Wagstaff, Julie Clark, and many more. Fans will see two days of world-class aerobatic performances, military jet demonstrations and thrilling entertainment for the entire family.

Bus with KC Air Show advertisement, showing the Blue Angels

RideKC Cuts Route to Southwest Johnson County

Posted on: Jun 25, 2019

RideKC will eliminate the 596 3-Trails-Edgerton route, which takes passengers from south Kansas City, Mo. to southwest Johnson County, Kan., on July 1, 2019. The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) grant that funded the route during its first year of operation will end and no new funding has been identified.

“The 3-Trails-Edgerton route was a partnership with KDOT using one-time funding to explore the demand for commuter transit service in an area not previously served,” said Josh Powers, business liaison for Johnson County. “Now that the pilot has ended, the ridership wasn’t sufficient to include the route as a permanent part of our system.”

Service to Gardner, Kan., and Edgerton, Kan., will still be provided by the 595 Gardner-OP Express route. This route is accessible from 3-Trails Transit Center by taking either the Troost MAX to downtown Kansas City or by taking the 75 75th Street route to the Waldo MAX station (Broadway at 74th Terrace) and then either the 475 Quivira-75th Street or the 495 95th Street to Oak Park Mall. These options will significantly increase travel time for passengers currently using the 596 route from 3-Trails Transit Center.

KCATA Hits the Streets With Pop-Up Meetings For RideKC Next Survey

Posted on: Jun 12, 2019

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) has initiated one of the largest system redesigns – RideKC Next – in the agency’s history. Over the next two weeks, KCATA staff will be looking for answers from those who don’t have easy access to technology during scheduled pop-up meetings at various bus stops in the city.

The following pop-up meetings are scheduled:

10th and Main Transit Center - June 11, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Boardwalk Square - June 12, 7 to 8 a.m.
Antioch Crossing Transit Center - June 13, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Crown Center MAX - June 14, 6:30 to 7:30 a.m.
39th and Prospect - June 17, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Plaza MAX - June 18, 7 to 8 a.m.
11th and Grand - June 19, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
12th and Grand - June 20, 7 to 8 a.m.

RideKC Next – Take the Survey

The RideKC Next system redesign includes an analysis of current transit operations’ efficiency and effectiveness, consideration of new mobility options, a look at public/private partnership opportunities, and public outreach and engagement.

RideKC Next has three steps. Step one is to review existing transit service and conduct initial public outreach. The Pop-up meetings and an online survey are vital to this process. Residents can take the survey in English or Spanish at ridekcnext.org through July. The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete.

Step two is presenting the draft plan and seeking additional public comment.

Step three is submitting the final plan to KCATA for review and approval by the Board of Commissioners.

For more information about RideKC Next, please visit http://ridekcnext.org/.  To request a printed copy of the survey call 816-346-0300 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

KCATA Launches System Redesign Asks Community to Take Survey

Posted on: Jun 06, 2019

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) has initiated one of the largest system redesigns – RideKC Next – in the agency’s history. The goal of the project is to make sure the network reflects the needs, priorities and values of the people who live and work in Kansas City today.

“This system redesign differs from past initiatives as it will draw from a menu of mobility options, not just bus service,” said Robbie Makinen, president and CEO of KCATA. “This first step is the community’s opportunity to take a survey that will help KCATA build an innovative transit network for the next 20 years, not the last 20.”

The RideKC Next project includes an analysis of current transit operations’ efficiency and effectiveness, consideration of new mobility options, a look at public/private partnership opportunities, and public outreach and engagement.

RideKC Next has three steps. Step one is to review existing transit service and conduct initial public outreach. An online survey is vital to this process and will help shape options for the future. Residents can take the survey in English or Spanish at ridekcnext.org through July. The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete.

Step two is presenting the draft plan and seeking additional public comment.

Step three is submitting the final plan to KCATA for review and approval by the Board of Commissioners.

For more information about RideKC Next, please visit http://ridekcnext.org/.  To request a printed copy of the survey call 816-346-0300 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

KCMO Voters Can Ride to the Polls for Free on June 18

Posted on: Jun 06, 2019

RideKC is offering voters heading to the polls in Kansas City, Mo., free rides on election day June 18, 2019. 

Fares on KCATA RideKC bus routes serving Kansas City, Mo., will be free all day. KCATA paratransit offered by KCATA will also be free to ride. 

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

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 your polling place. 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

May 28: Pride + RideKC = PrideKC

Posted on: May 21, 2019

Media Alert

The RideKC transit team is showing off their pride this June

WHAT: During the month of June, RideKC will be PrideKC as we invite you to ride along on the PrideKC vehicles and celebrate diversity, inclusion and safety all month long.  
PrideKC will kick-off with an event that will unveil the PrideKC illustrated public transit vehicles, as well as have music, refreshments, photo opportunities with the rainbow-wrapped vehicles, free on-site health assessments, PrideKC details and future events, and how you can get involved.  Limited edition PrideKC swag will also be available for purchase.

WHEN:  The PrideKC kick-off is Tuesday, May 28, 2019, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The event is open to the public and will take place rain or shine. 

WHERE: The Union Station KC Streetcar stop on the west side of Main Street and north of Pershing Road.  

WHO: Special guests include members from the Office of Congressman Cleaver and the Office of Congresswoman Sharice Davids, Mayor Sly James, City Councilmembers, the Kansas City Health Department, the Mid-America LGBT Chamber of Commerce, KC Regional Transit Alliance, PrideKC sponsors,  RideKC team members and many more. 

WHY: The month of June is celebrated nationally as Pride Month for the LGBTQIA+ community, as well as Safety Month through the National Safety Council. We want to share the message that RideKC welcomes everyone and strives to provide a safe and inclusive place for our employees, customers and region. We stand together against violence and discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation, race or religion, and work together to make all modes of transportation a safe and enjoyable experience. 

PrideKC is made possible by the generous support of our local sponsors and community partners: The Mid-America LGBT Chamber of Commerce; KC Regional Transit Alliance; Burns & McDonnell; PortKC;HNTB; Quintessential Events; River City Rebar; WeWork; WSP; TranSystems; and TREKK Design Group. A special thanks to Union Station for helping to host this event. 

For PrideKC media inquiries, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). The KC Streetcar is online at www.kcstreetcar.org.  Also visit RideKC at www.ridekc.org

RideKC Expands Free Student Pass Pilot Program to North Kansas City

Posted on: May 13, 2019

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) is expanding its Student Pass pilot to the four North Kansas City High Schools starting in the Fall of 2019. KCATA will welcome the new school district to the program in a pep-rally style news conference at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at Oak Park High School at 825 NE 79th Terr., Kansas City, Mo. 64118. The Student Pass Program kicked off last year with three school districts south of the river. Due to its success, the program will now expand to Oak Park, Winnetonka, Staley and North Kansas City high schools.

“Talent knows no zip code; but opportunity does,” said Robbie Makinen, CEO of KCATA. “We want students to have access to transit whether they live north or south of the river. They all deserve access to transit.”  

The pilot partnership between KCATA, Kansas City Public Schools, Hickman Mills C-1 School District and Center Public School District will continue for the upcoming school year. High school students in the pilot program took 40,000 trips so far.

“We are so excited about this partnership with KCATA. This will open up a variety of opportunities for many NKCS students for whom transportation may have been a barrier,” said Dr. Dan Clemens, Superintendent North Kansas City Schools. “The student bus pass program will be another tool our students can use to further their success in our district and beyond.”

For more information regarding RideKC service, please visit RideKC.org. If you have questions about your student’s participation in the program, please contact your school.

Is North Oak Ready for MAX? RideKC Seeks Customer Input

Posted on: May 02, 2019

Note: The outdoor meeting for Wednesday evening, May 8, at Boardwalk Square has been CANCELED due to predicted storms. 

RideKC is giving riders the opportunity to help shape the future of transit on North Oak in a series of pop-up meetings this month. Feedback given at the upcoming meetings will help shape the North Oak Study which will give recommendations on how transit can better serve the North Oak Corridor and surrounding neighborhoods from downtown Kansas City, through North Kansas City and Gladstone.

The study will consider the feasibility of a MAX-level transit investment in the corridor. MAX is RideKC’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service that includes high service levels, increased rider amenities, and rail-like stations. There is currently a Main MAX, Troost MAX and Prospect MAX is under construction.

Customers can give their feedback at one of the following three sessions.

Thursday, May 2, 4:30-6:30 p.m. at North Kansas City YMCA, 1999 Iron Street, North Kansas City, Mo.
Saturday, May 4, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Gladstone Community Center, 6901 N. Holmes, Gladstone, Mo.
CANCELED due to weather: Wednesday, May 8

For more detailed information or to provide feedback, attend one of the meetings, call 816-346-0300, or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

RideKC Promotes National Get on Board Day with Free Giveaways

Posted on: Apr 23, 2019

National Get on Board Day is Thursday, April 25, 2019 and RideKC is asking passengers to join in the activities and win some RideKC swag at various locations between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

RideKC is setting up four locations along the Streetcar line where riders can pick up cards and collect stickers. Passengers can use the Streetcar or take a RideKC bus to get stickers at the following locations:

RideKC Bus and MAX will be at 3rd & Grand

RideKC Bike will be at Union Station

RideKC Streetcar will be at Union Station

Once all the stickers are collected, passengers turn in the card at one of the stations to win cool RideKC swag. Employees will be at each location to show customers how to ride, how to use the bike racks on the buses, and they’ll be there to answer transit-related questions and help with trip planning.

National Get on Board Day is a day that encourages people to support public transportation and showcases the benefits it brings to communities.  34 million people use public transportation every weekday across the country.

“We support National Get on Board day and its goal of showing how important transit is to communities,” said Robbie Makinen, CEO of KCATA. “It’s about more than just putting buses on the streets; we want to continue to help change the lives of veterans, students and to connect people to opportunities.

Across the region, RideKC provides local and express routes, on-demand, bus rapid transit, paratransit, and micro transit service. RideKC operates 79 bus routes and one streetcar line providing 14 million passenger trips across the region.

“We are encouraging everyone to get on board with public transit,” said Tom Gerend, executive director with the KC Streetcar Authority.  “Public transit is about connecting people to their community, employment, activity centers and opportunities. Public transit gives people the freedom to explore the Kansas City region whether by KC Streetcar, bus or bike,” continued Gerend. 

For more information on National Get on Board Day check out APTA.com.

KCMO Voters Can Ride to the Polls for Free on April 2

Posted on: Mar 28, 2019

Voters heading to the polls in Kansas City, Mo., can catch RideKC transit for free on April 2, 2019, for the City’s elections.

“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. “It’s about connecting people to opportunities, including the opportunity to vote for candidates that will ultimately affect their future.”

On Election Day, fares on KCATA RideKC bus routes serving Kansas City, Mo., will be free. KCATA paratransit offered by KCATA will also be free to ride. 

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

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 your polling place. 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.

RideKC Welcomes Grandview to the Regional Transit System

Posted on: Mar 27, 2019

RideKC will welcome the City of Grandview to the regional transit system at a kickoff event for the start of new service extending into Grandview on Monday, April 1, 2019, at 10 a.m. in the parking lot of the Burlington store of Truman’s Marketplace at 12400 15th Street.

Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) CEO Robbie Makinen, KCATA Board Vice-Chair David Bower and Grandview Mayor Leonard Jones will attend the official “opening day” of the 29 Blue Ridge Limited, which extends service into Grandview as part of a pilot program.

“This new express route connects Grandview residents to opportunities throughout the region,” said Makinen. “This partnership is yet another positive move for regional transit taking place throughout our bistate area.”

The extension will run northbound to Downtown Kansas City and southbound to Grandview twice a day, Monday through Friday in the early morning and late afternoon. Buses run every 30 minutes.

Grandview Public Works Director Dennis Randolph applied for the $250,000 grant that will fund the extended route for three years.

"In building a sustainable community we need to provide for a variety of means of transportation, which is exactly what we're doing," explains Randolph.

Grandview destinations include Truman's Marketplace, Mid-Continent Public Library and City Hall. 

Travel Downtown All Day for 3 Bucks During Big 12 Basketball Tournament

Posted on: Mar 12, 2019

RideKC offers an all-day transit pass that lets fans travel around Downtown during the Big 12 tournament at the Sprint Center, 1407 Grand for just $3. Fans can take the Main MAX from Crown Center, Westport, The Plaza and Waldo and ride to the Sprint Center for $3 all day from March 13 -16. Fans will get to ride the new Main MAX buses featuring new lighting, vinyl seats, USB charging ports and monitors.

RideKC has three fare options. Regular fare is $1.50 per ride and includes a free two-hour transfer on request. An all-day pass costs $3 and can be purchased on the bus. Three-Day Visitor Passes are available for $8 at KCATA offices, 1200 E. 18th Street. You can pay your fare with the RideKC app, available in the Apple app store and in Google Play.

Main MAX will take fans to the Sprint Center on Northbound buses from Crown Center, Westport, The Plaza and Waldo. The drop off is at 12th & Grand. Southbound buses from 3rd & Grand will stop at 11th & Grand.

Due to the closure of Grand at Sprint Center, several bus routes will detour to Oak, including Main MAX. Details are available on the RideKC website.

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

Free Fares For Furloughed Workers End February 15, 2019

Posted on: Feb 07, 2019

Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) announces it will end free fares for furloughed federal government workers on February 15, 2019. The KCATA started the free fares on Jan. 14, 2019. Approximately 1,300 rides were taken by furloughed government employees affected by the shutdown.

KCATA Board of Commissioners Elects Officers

Posted on: Jan 31, 2019

(Kansas City, Mo. I Jan. 31, 2019) The Board of Commissioners of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) elected new officers and welcomed a new commissioner at the Jan. 30, 2019 board meeting. The commissioners re-elected Daniel Serda and David Bower to serve as Chairman and Vice Chairman respectively. Melissa Bynum will serve as Treasurer and Anne Post was elected Secretary. Commissioners are nominated at the end of the year and officially elected in January of each year.

Attorney Louie Wright Replaced Judge Sims

Louie A. Wright has been appointed to represent Clay County, Missouri on the KCATA Board, replacing retiring commissioner Judge Thomas E. Sims.

Wright operates his own law practice, Wright Law Offices, LLC, and is an Adjunct Professor at UMKC School of Law, where he teaches Labor Law. He is admitted to practice law in Missouri, Kansas and Colorado, and focuses on labor law and negotiations.

Currently, he is General Counsel to Local No. 42 of the International Association of Firefighters that represents public employees in twelve separate political subdivisions. Wright is currently Chair of Kansas City’s Health Care Trust and the City’s Workers’ Compensation Board. He also serves on the Firefighters’ Pension Board.

Wright holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He also holds a Juris Doctor (with Distinction) from the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law.

Wright is retired from the Kansas City Fire Department and previously served as the President of Local No. 42. He also served on the IAFF International Executive Board until 2008 representing members in Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas; and he has also served on the Executive Boards of the Greater Kansas City AFL-CIO and the Missouri AFL-CIO.

Wright resides in Kansas City, Missouri, with his wife Melinda. He has two adult children who both live in New York City.

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.

KCATA Honors 76 Bus Operators for Distinguished Service

Posted on: Jan 31, 2019

(Kansas City, Mo. I Jan. 31, 2019) The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) will honor 76 bus operators for keeping passengers safe and providing excellent customer service during the annual Distinguished Driver Awards on Feb. 1, 2019, at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at 1350 E. 17th St.
(Media should check in with the guard post to receive instructions on where to go.)

This year’s winners will receive awards for having no avoidable vehicle or passenger accidents. The operators also exhibited great customer service and received no write-ups or suspensions. They also had good attendance and arrived on time for work every day.   

The Distinguished Drivers ceremony honors operators in several categories listed below.

2018 Meritorious Driver -This operator has earned distinguished driver status for 15 years.
- Gary Blaylock

2018 Grand Master Drivers - These two operators earned Distinguished Driver status for 10 years.
- Laverne White
- Regina Miller

2018 Master Drivers – These operators earned Master Driver status for five years.
- Michael Kolie
- Brian Dyer
- Geran McConnell
- Michael Barton
- Brenda Hinton

68 other operators will be awarded the Distinguished Driver award.

KCATA CEO Robbie Makinen and other management staff will address the award winners.

 

RideKC Celebrates First New Route in Kansas City, Kansas in Over a Decade

Posted on: Jan 07, 2019

RideKC will hold a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new 118 18th Street Route on Jan. 8, 2019, at 10 a.m. in front of Fast Fred’s Supermarket at 1806 N. 18th Street to celebrate the first new transit service operated by the Unified Government (UG) of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kan., in over 10 years.

The route started Jan. 2, 2019 and is the first all-day route from Kansas City, Kan., to Johnson County, Kan. It gets passengers from Quindaro Blvd. to 51st Street in Roeland Park in under 25 minutes. The bus runs hourly, every weekday from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Mayor David Alvey, Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kan., UG Commissioner Harold L. Johnson, Jr., UG Commissioner Melissa Bynum and KCATA CEO, Robbie Makinen, will be available for comment at the ceremony.

“This historic new route is the result of a strong RideKC partnership committed to connecting people to opportunities,” said Makinen. “For the first time in over a decade, thousands of people along the route will now have fast, frequent and efficient access to jobs.”  

The new route will impact over 14,000 people who live within a quarter-mile of the route and will be a transit option for over 5,000 thousand jobs located within a quarter-mile of the route.

For media questions, contact Petrina Parker, Public Information Officer, at 816-946-0708 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Get Home Safe for Free With RideKC On New Year’s Eve

Posted on: Dec 27, 2018

Celebrate New Year’s Eve and get home safe with a free ride on any RideKC bus from 4 p.m. Monday until service ends after midnight. 

Fares on all RideKC bus routes serving Kansas City, Johnson County, Wyandotte County and Independence will be free. KCATA and Johnson County paratransit will also be free to ride after 4 p.m. 

Riders can plan a trip at [url=http://www.ridekc.org]http://www.ridekc.org[/url], using the trip planner on the home page. Customers can get help planning a trip by calling the Regional Call Center at 816-221-0660, weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

RideKC Announces Thanksgiving Holiday Events Reroutes

Posted on: Nov 20, 2018

(Kansas City, Mo. – Nov. 19, 2018) RideKC will operate on a Sunday/Holiday schedule for Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 22. 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 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Buses operated by Johnson County, Independence, Mo., and Unified Government Transit will not offer service on Thanksgiving. Regular weekday service will resume Friday, Nov. 23, for all RideKC service. Schedule details are available at [url=http://www.ridekc.org]http://www.ridekc.org[/url].

Plaza Lights on Thursday, Nov. 22

Customers can take RideKC to the Plaza Lighting Ceremony on Thanksgiving, with extra Main MAX service between downtown, the County Club Plaza and Waldo. Between 4 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., buses will run approximately every 10-15 minutes. For the rest of the day, Main 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 12:09 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 MAX, 35 35th Street, and 47 Broadway 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 3 p.m. and end when traffic clears. See [url=http://www.ridekc.org]http://www.ridekc.org[/url] for detailed information about the reroutes.

Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting on Friday, Nov. 23

On Friday, Nov. 23, bus routes that usually serve Crown Center via Grand will be rerouted from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. due to 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 MAX, 23 23rd Street, 27 27th Street, 47 Broadway, 51 Ward Parkway, 77 Casino Cruiser, 85 Paseo, 201 North Oak, 404 Metcalf-Downtown, 519 Olathe Express, 535 Shoal Creek/Liberty Express, 550 Lee’s Summit Express, 563 Shawnee Express, 569 South OP Express, 570 Blue Springs Express, 571 71 Hwy Express, and 595 Gardner-OP Express.

For more information, customers may call the Regional Call Center at 816-221-0660 weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

New RideKC Student Pass gives students free, unlimited access to the region

Posted on: Oct 29, 2018

Free bus rides will link students to job centers and after school activities

Kansas City, Mo. | Oct. 29, 2018 – The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) and three area school districts will announce a new Student Pass Program that will give thousands of ninth through 12th graders free, unlimited access to public transportation throughout the region. The pep-rally style news conference starts at 3 p.m. on Oct. 30, 2018 at Manual Career Tech Center at 1215 E. Truman Road.   

The partnership between KCATA, Kansas City Public Schools, Hickman Mills C-1 School District and Center Public School District is a one-year pilot, designed to enhance current school bus transportation and allow students to connect to opportunities for jobs, internships and extra-curricular activities outside of regular school hours.

“The KCATA is committed to breaking down barriers to learning and accessing jobs for our kids,” said Robbie Makinen, KCATA President and CEO. “Students will be able to attend school sporting events and get to jobs or tutoring without the expense of a car or relying on a parent for a ride.”

Missouri State Senator, Shalonn “KiKi” Curls, said the program will help students connect with academic and after-school programs they may not otherwise get to experience. 

“We know there are students who want to get involved in after-school activities that will help them to be successful in their goal to graduate,” said Senator Curls. “This unique program knocks down one of the barriers that has kept many scholars from participating because now they will have easier access to transportation to get to those school activities and educational opportunities.”

Dr. Mark Bedell, Superintendent Kansas City Public Schools, believes the initiative will provide students with greater academic and professional opportunities.

“This is a terrific partnership between the schools and the KCATA,” said Dr. Bedell. “We are hoping more students can participate in tutoring, internships, accessing libraries and more.”

The Student Pass Program will enhance the transportation service currently offered to students to get to and from school for classes. 

"I have lived in Janesville, Wisconsin where partnerships like this enhanced the school system transportation options. This one is definitely a good thing!” said Dr. Yolanda Cargile, Superintendent Hickman Mills C-1 School District. “I am excited about this opportunity, as it is one that is extremely beneficial for our students.” 

Center School District is proud to be a part of the pilot and has already seen how the program can help students.

“We are beyond thrilled that the partnership with KCATA will serve our students by removing barriers and providing new transportation alternatives,” said Dr. Sharon Nibbelink, Superintendent of Center School District. “This will not only teach our students important life skills, but also provides access to internships and employment opportunities.” 

Cheerleaders, a mascot and a drum line from the participating schools will bring a pep rally flair to the news conference and help get students “fired-up” to get on board with RideKC to access the entire region.

For more information regarding RideKC service, please visit RideKC.org. If you have questions about your student’s participation in the program, please contact your school.

Student Pass event

Nation’s Top Transit Official to Attend Prospect MAX BRT Groundbreaking

Posted on: Oct 24, 2018

Kansas City, Mo. | Oct. 24, 2018 – The Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) and the City of Kansas City, Mo., will break ground on the Prospect MAX Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project with a ceremonial groundbreaking at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at 12th and Charlotte streets (southeast corner). The location is the future home of the East Village Transit Center, which is part of the $55.8 million Prospect MAX BRT project that will bring enhanced transit service to Prospect Avenue.

Prospect MAX BRT will be the third Bus Rapid Transit line to serve the Kansas City region. The Prospect MAX BRT route will cover nearly 10 miles from Downtown Kansas City to 75th Street with stations every four to six blocks. The new BRT line will enhance the transit experience for existing riders by offering more frequent service, traffic signal priority, fewer stops, free public WiFi and uniquely branded red buses.

Event speakers include K. Jane Williams, FTA acting administrator; Sly James, mayor, Kansas City, Mo.; and Robbie Makinen, KCATA president and CEO. The FTA approved nearly $30 million for the project. 

“The U.S. Department of Transportation, under the leadership of Secretary Elaine L. Chao, supports Kansas City and KCATA as they work to bring more efficient bus services to connect residents to work, school, and other destinations,” said Williams.

Prospect MAX BRT hopes to achieve the same economic development successes seen on the Main MAX and Troost MAX lines.  When construction is done, the Prospect MAX corridor will have improved streets, sidewalks and traffic signals, and a better pedestrian experience.  

“We’re so grateful for the support of the Federal Transit Administration and the City for making transformational projects like this possible,” said Makinen.

The first major construction project of the Prospect MAX BRT line is the East Village Transit Center. It will be the region’s premiere mobility hub, offering improved daily connections for thousands. Its unique features include level boarding, interactive real-time signs and smart kiosks, enhanced pass purchasing, indoor seating and an enhanced security presence. The transit center will provide improved regional access for those working, living or playing downtown with convenient connections to RideKC’s regional transit services for pedestrians, bicyclists, those using electric scooters and passengers transferring between routes.

MAX is RideKC’s brand of Bus Rapid Transit. KCATA operates two MAX BRT lines: Main MAX (opened 2005) and Troost MAX (opened 2011). Prospect MAX is projected to be complete in the fall of 2019.

RideKC Freedom On-Demand expands into Independence, Mo.

Posted on: Oct 09, 2018

Kansas City, Mo. | Oct. 8, 2018 - The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA), in cooperation with the City of Independence, Mo., is proud to announce the expansion of RideKC Freedom On-Demand paratransit services in Independence.

“We have had great success with our RideKC Freedom On-Demand in Kansas City and this is another step toward regional, comprehensive mobility services,” said Robbie Makinen, President and CEO, KCATA. “It further drives home the idea that building great value-added services for our riders and community partners will drive public transit success in the region.”

RideKC Freedom On-Demand launched in parts of Kansas City, Mo., and northeast Johnson County, Kan., in May 2017. It has expanded to Wyandotte County and Johnson Counties in Kansas since then, and has provided more than 90,000 trips for people with disabilities. Now with the expansion into Independence, RideKC Freedom On-Demand can provide paratransit users with even more options.

Ridership for Freedom On-Demand continues to grow. By the end of November, RideKC Freedom On-Demand is on track to surpass 100,000 rides. The expansion doesn’t just give users more options, but allows the KCATA to continue building on robust, innovative partnerships that drive the region forward.

“The City of Independence takes care of our people, and we are always looking for ways to improve our residents’ quality of life. Our partnership with KCATA allows us to provide Freedom On-Demand service to residents of Independence,” said Mayor of Independence Eileen Weir. “This will provide another option for riders to travel around the city.”

Riders can download the RideKC Freedom App at http://ridekc.org/mobility-services/ridekc-freedom-ondemand, or call 816-842-9070 to learn more and book a trip.

Kansas City Region Offers Free Rides on Election Day, Nov. 6

Posted on: Oct 08, 2018

(Kansas City, Mo. – Oct. 8, 2018) RideKC routes will offer free fares all day on Nov. 6 to make it easier for citizens to vote. 

Download a Resource Guide for help voting and riding.

“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 again 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, Johnson County and Independence paratransit will also be free to ride. 

The deadline to register to vote is fast approaching. People in Missouri need to register or update their voter registration by Wednesday, Oct. 10. The deadline for Kansas is Oct. 16.

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, https://s1.sos.mo.gov/elections/voterlookup/.

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/. 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 Call Center is also open weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Free Election Day Rides

Johnson County and KCATA Hold Meetings About 2019 Service Changes

Posted on: Oct 08, 2018

Kansas City, Mo. | Oct. 8, 2018 – Johnson County, Kan., and Kansas City Area Transportation Authority are conducting an analysis of all bus service in the county. KCATA and Johnson County will share recommended changes to bus routes at meetings in October 2018. The goals of this project are to improve transit service and efficiency, and to implement recommendations of Mid-America Regional Council’s SmartMoves 3.0 regional transit plan.

The operational analysis of bus service has resulted in a recommendation for service changes throughout the RideKC Johnson County system. These recommendations are summarized on the RideKC.org website http://ridekc.org/bulletins/joco_transit.

We will be seeking public comments on these recommendations during October 2018 at meetings and online. KCATA and Johnson County may adjust recommendations based on public comments and provide final routes and schedules in January 2019. The changes would take effect April 1, 2019.

Meeting Schedule

Wednesday, October 10, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Open House at Kansas City Design Center, 1018 Baltimore Ave., Kansas City, MO
Thursday, October 11, 6-9 a.m., Pop Up meeting at Mission Transit Center, 5251 Johnson Dr., Mission, KS
Monday, October 15, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Open House at Johnson County Art & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS
Tuesday, October 16, 3-6 p.m., Pop Up meeting at Johnson County Community College – Carlsen Center bus stop, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS
Wednesday, October 17, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Open House at Johnson County Administration Building, 111 S. Cherry St., Room LL 200 – Multipurpose Room, Olathe, KS.

At the open house and “pop up” style meetings at bus stops, people can come and go at any time during the meeting and be able to see all of the information and provide feedback.

For more detailed information or to provide feedback, visit http://ridekc.org/bulletins/joco_transit, attend one of the meetings, call 816-346-0300, or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Community Invited to Prospect MAX Public Meetings in October

Posted on: Oct 04, 2018

Join RideKC on Oct. 9 and 11

Kansas City, Mo. | Oct. 4, 2018 – The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) will host two public meetings next week to provide updates about the Prospect MAX Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project. The $55.8 million project will bring enhanced transit service along Kansas City’s 10-mile Prospect Avenue from downtown to 75th Street.

The meetings are scheduled for:

•  4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, Blue Hills Community Services Meeting Room, 5008 Prospect Ave. (accessible by routes 55 and 71)

•  4-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, Morningstar Youth and Family Life Center, 2525 E. 27th St. (accessible by routes 27 and 71)

Each meeting will include a presentation at 5 p.m. with information about Prospect MAX route benefits and features, the construction schedule, safety and traffic controls, access to businesses during construction, and temporary bus stops. Prospect MAX giveaways and refreshments will be available.

“Prospect MAX is not just a KCATA initiative, but an investment for the entire community,” KCATA President and CEO Robbie Makinen said. “It’s important that residents and businesses take a few minutes to find out what $56 million is going to look like in their neighborhood. I’m looking forward to seeing a big turnout.”

Attendees also will learn about the Honor Plaque Program, which will honor community members who made significant contributions in the neighborhoods along Prospect. A sub-committee of the Prospect MAX Advisory Committee has created a slate of 24 potential honorees. The public is being asked to help narrow the list to 10, who will be recognized with granite tile plaques and biographical information on an electronic kiosk at select stations. The public can take a survey at the upcoming public meetings or online at surveymonkey.com/r/honorplaques.

To stay current with Prospect MAX news, join the Prospect MAX Facebook group at facebook.com/groups/ProspectMAX.

Community Meeting to Provide Independence Ave. Transit Updates

Posted on: Sep 27, 2018

Kansas City, Mo. | Sept. 27, 2018 – Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) will hold a community meeting to discuss its Bus Rapid Transit Planning and Feasibility Study for Independence Ave. The meeting is being held Saturday, Sept. 29, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the Independence Avenue CID, 2657 Independence Ave., Kansas City, Mo.

RideKC will present route recommendations related to Independence Avenue or 24 Highway, recommended station locations, recommended enhanced passenger amenities to improve transit experience and other amenities such as bike lanes.

RideKC wants the community to weigh in on transit recommendations for Independence Ave., along with station style and material.

Transit riders can travel to the Independence CID on RideKC’s 24 Independence route.

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

KC Streetcar Main Street Extension Project Advances Federal Funding Request

Posted on: Sep 12, 2018

(Kansas City, Missouri - Sept. 11, 2018) The KC Streetcar project team recently applied for federal funding for the Main Street Extension to University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), marking a crucial step in moving the street extension project towards construction. 

Late last week, the KC Streetcar project team, consisting of the KC Streetcar Authority (KCSA), the KC Area Transportation Authority (KCATA), and the City of Kansas City, MO (KCMO), submitted the formal application to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for the New Starts Capital Investment Grants Program, seeking $151 million dollars in federal funding and inclusion in the federal 2020-year budget to support the estimated $316 million-dollar project.  The New Starts grant program funds transit capital investments including heavy rail, commuter rail, light rail, streetcars and bus rapid transit systems.  Both federal and local funding are needed to move this project into design and construction. Local funding was approved by the voters in the establishment of the Main Street Rail Transportation Development District (TDD).

Throughout the summer, the KC Streetcar project team continued to work on overall project development activities, station stop location and track alignments, NEPA/environmental documentation and development of a detailed financial plan in order to apply for federal funding.  This work resulted in updated project cost estimates influenced by recent market escalations within the industry, forecasted inflation, overall market uncertainty and guidance from FTA officials.  
Streetcar figures

Total project cost for the 3.6-mile route from Union Station to 51st Street is currently estimated at $279 million in 2018 dollars, and $316 million when inflating costs to 2023 dollars, the planned year of opening, and accounting for project contingency. Overall project contingency currently stands at 33% ($104 million) of total project costs in an effort to pro-actively plan for this uncertainty and respond to recent FTA guidance in reaction to market escalations.  Importantly, this increased project cost does not reflect any change in project scope nor does it affect the local funding already in place for the extension, with no additional local funding required to support the proposed program. The KC Streetcar project team is seeking $151 million in federal funding to be combined with $164 million in local funding from the voter-approved TDD, reflecting a 48% federal funding and 52% local funding match. 

“We feel strongly that our New Starts federal grant submission will compete well with projects across the country based on our merits and the proven success of the downtown starter line,” said Tom Gerend, executive director of the KC Streetcar Authority.   “Approved TDD funds will cover the local funding needed to move this project forward, in addition to creating a sustainable source of revenue for ongoing operations and maintenance,” Gerend continued. 

KCMO will serve as the project sponsor and grantee for the New Starts program and will oversee design and construction for the streetcar expansion project. The KCSA and KCATA will serve as partners through this process as well as design, construction and operations. 

As the KC Streetcar project team waits to hear about the federal funding process, they will continue to advance the project planning for the Main Street Extension to UMKC, including work to refine streetcar stop locations, track alignment for the southern portion of the route, and advance NEPA/environmental review. The Main Street Extension to UMKC consists of an outside running track alignment from Union Station to 51 Street, an additional six streetcar vehicles, and sixteen new streetcar stops.

A full report about the analysis and design work for the proposed streetcar stop locations and track alignment, including images of streetcars traveling through midtown, are located on the KC Streetcar website, www.kcstreetcar.org/mainstreet-extension.  The New Starts grant components for the KC Streetcar Main Street Extension application are also located on the KC Streetcar website, www.kcstreetcar.org/mainstreet-extension.  

Free Rides on Election Day

Posted on: Aug 03, 2018

Kansas City Region Offers Free Fares on Aug. 7

(Kansas City, Mo. – Aug. 2, 2018) RideKC routes will offer free fares all day on Tuesday, Aug. 7, to make it easier for citizens to vote. 

“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 again 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. Paratransit will also be free to ride. 

“Public transportation plays a vital role connecting people to opportunities that lead to improved health and a better quality of life,” said David Alvey, Mayor/CEO of Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kan. ”Also, one’s ability to vote and participate in the electoral process is an essential right that affects every aspect of our lives.  I am grateful to the KCATA and their model transportation options they offer on Election Day. KCATA’s actions help make it easier for citizens to voice their opinions at the ballot.”

To find your polling place and check your voter status, Kansas City residents in Jackson County can visit the Kansas City Election Board website. For other locations in Missouri, start with the Secretary of State’s website.

In Kansas, Johnson County voters can access resources at Johnson County Election Office, and Wyandotte County election information is available at Wyandotte County Election Office. Kansas allows Advance Voting in person and by mail, in addition to voting at the polls on Aug. 7. The above websites can provide more details. For those who live elsewhere in Kansas, information is available at Vote Kansas.

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.

Free fare election image

27th & Prospect Building Demolition Slated

Posted on: Jul 25, 2018

Congressman Cleaver and Others Celebrate

Kansas City, Mo. | July 30, 2018 – The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority will host a ceremonial building demolition event at 10 a.m. Aug. 1, 2018, on the southeast corner of 27th & Prospect. Highlighting the event will be comments from U.S. Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, KCMO Mayor Sly James, 3rd District Councilman Jermaine Reed, and others. The Youth Choir from Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church will also perform.

“KCATA’s commitment goes beyond running buses up and down the street,” said Robbie Makinen, KCATA president & CEO. “We are also committed to driving economic and community development by making our neighborhoods cleaner and safer. We hope this demolition demonstrates what a good neighbor transit can be in revitalizing the Prospect Corridor.”

The KCATA has contracted with MBE-DBE Excavating & Grading, based in Kansas City, Kan. The demolition of the 4,200 sq. ft. building and filling of the basement area, topped with topsoil and grass seed, should be completed in approximately two weeks. The current site represents a safety hazard. With the eventual removal of the building, it will strengthen the safety and improve the appearance of this intersection and surrounding neighborhood. The cleared property is expected to be more attractive to potential investors, particularly with new developments on the west side of the street.

“I have been committed to seeing this intersection revitalized ever since I took office,” said Reed. “You just have to look around to see the results of what leadership and commitment will produce. I appreciate the longstanding partnership with KCATA. And very soon, we’ll be celebrating the groundbreaking of Prospect MAX.”

Adjacent to the demolition site is the new $74 million Leon Mercer Jordan East Patrol Campus that opened in Spring 2016. Opposite that corner is the Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church’s Youth and Family Life Center. The center’s mission is to help families with tutoring, job-training skills, counseling, as well as health and wellness programs.

KCATA drives economic development

Joe Peterson joins RideKC Board

Posted on: May 25, 2018

Kansas City, Mo. | May 25, 2018 - The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) welcomed Joe Peterson to the Board of Commissioners. Peterson was appointed to the Board by Mayor and CEO of Unified Government of Wyandotte County/ Kansas City Ks. David Alvey and started in May.

Peterson was elected council member for Bonner Springs in 2013 and held his position until 2018. Before that, he was on the Kansas City, Kansas Park Board from 2003 until 2011.

Today, Peterson is the Transportation Supervisor for Turner Unified School District. Using his background in transportation, Peterson’s goal is to provide all citizens of the metropolitan area with transportation for their needs and wants.   

Joe Peterson

Anne Post joins RideKC Board

Posted on: May 24, 2018

Kansas City, Mo. I May 24, 2018 - The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) welcomed Anne Post to the Board of Commissioners. Post was appointed to the Board by Kansas City, Mo. Mayor Sly James and started in April.

Post is a respected attorney and has received multiple Best of Bar awards for her work while in private practice.

Today, Post serves on the KCATA Board of Commissioners and is the Senior Vice President, USA of Xakia Technologies.

She graduated from the University of California Berkeley with a degree in Political Science and International Relations and received her J.D. from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law.

Anne Post

3-Trail Transit Center To Celebrate Opening With Dedication

Posted on: May 23, 2018

Kansas City, Mo. I May 23, 2018 - The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, 3 Trails West, Inc. and the National Park Service will dedicate a major transit hub which is both high-tech and historic at 12:30 p.m., May 31. The 3-Trails Transit Center is at 9449 Blue Ridge Blvd. in South Kansas City. The event is free and open to the public.

The new hub will be a major stop for six bus routes connecting riders to downtown Kansas City, Waldo, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Hospital Hill, Raytown and other sites in the region.

The station hosts KCATA's first citypost smart digital kiosk. Riders will be able touch a screen for real-time bus information and historic  trail information.  The kiosk will feature a constant flow of information about city and community events.

The National Park Service will recognize the stop as an official national historic trail trailhead marking the area nearby where the California, Oregon and Santa Fe national historic trails converged. This event is also being held in honor of the 50 th anniversary year for the National Trails System. The trailhead has custom interpretive panels designed by 3-Trails West, Inc. and the National Park Service that illustrate the historic significance of the trails and stories of trail travelers with ties to the area. This trailhead is one of the first identified along a 47-mile national historic trail experience being planned that retraces the path of the three national trails in the Kansas City area from Sugar Creek, Mo., to Gardner, Kansas.

WHO:

WHAT: Dedication of the historic 3-Trails Transit Center and recognition of the site as the official national historic trails trailhead

WHEN: Thursday, May 31, at 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: 9449 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City, Mo.

www.kcata.org I www.ridekc.org I www.nps.gov/oreg I www.nps.gov/safe I www.nps.gov/cali

3 Trails Transit Center

KCATA Partnerships Drive Rider Safety

Posted on: Mar 20, 2018

(Kansas City, Mo. – March 20, 2018) The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority continues its award-winning track record as one of the safest and most secure transit authorities in the country.

Our partnerships with local and regional law enforcement set us apart in our drive to be the best in the country. “The collaborative effort between law enforcement agencies on our behalf has been great to see,” President and CEO Robbie Makinen said. “When multiple law enforcement agencies come together for the sake of our bus operators, riders, and stakeholders it’s a win-win for everyone.”

In 2016, the American Public Transportation Association, APTA, honored the KCATA with two awards.

In 2017, the American Public Transportation Association, APTA, awarded the KCATA two more awards.

“The safety of our bus operators and riders is a top priority for the KCATA,” Makinen said. KCATA is proud to continue the work of protecting our bus operators and riders with unique partnerships involving the Kansas City Missouri Police Department and the Jackson County Sheriff.

Join us on Tuesday, March 27, at 10:00 a.m. as Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp deputizes two KCPD officers assigned to the KCATA Transit Security Division. Meet veteran law enforcement officer and U.S. Army Aviation Hall of Fame inductee Chief Hugh Mills, who now heads up the KCATA Transit Security Division, and learn more about how deputizing the two full-time officers will further drive safety and security for everything we do.

“This lays the ground work for more collaboration between RideKC, KCPD, and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office as we continue enhancing regional transit,” said Makinen.

WHO:          

WHAT:    
Announcement of the collaboration between KCPD & the Jackson County Sheriff for transit security and, the unprecedented deputization of two KCPD officers.

WHEN:
Tuesday, March 27, at 10:00 a.m.

WHERE:
1200 E. 18th St., Kansas City, MO 64108 | Corner of 18th Street & Forest

KCATA Board of Commissioners 2018 Officer Elections

Posted on: Jan 24, 2018

Allen Joins Board as Johnson County Representative

(Kansas City, Mo. – Jan. 24, 2018) The Board of Commissioners of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) has elected new officers for 2018.

Daniel Serda, representing Wyandotte County, Ks., was re-elected Chairman at the January board meeting.

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

Michael Short, representing Platte County, Mo., has been elected to serve as treasurer.

Melissa Bynum, representing Wyandotte County, Ks., will serve as Secretary.

Allen Joins Board

Johnson County Commissioner Jim Allen has been named to the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority’s Board of Commissioners.

The Johnson County Board of Commissioners voted to appoint Allen to represent the county on the transit agency board. 

Allen has served on the Johnson County Board of Commissioners since 2009. He served as mayor of Shawnee from 1993-2004 and represented Ward 1 on the Shawnee City Council from 1989-1993 and Ward 4 from 1983-1987. Additionally, Allen retired after serving as a State Farm Insurance agent for 37 years. He has served as chairman of the Board of Directors for the Shawnee Chamber of Commerce. He also was a Grand Knight in the Shawnee Council Knights of Columbus.

He received degrees from Johnson County Community College (AA), Emporia State University (Bachelor of Arts), and Rockhurst College (MBA).

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.

RideKC Receives FTA Green Light to Enter Project Development For The KC Streetcar Main St. Extension

Posted on: Jan 05, 2018

(Kansas City, MO – Jan. 5, 2017) – The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA), in partnership with the Kansas City Streetcar Authority (KCSA) and the City of Kansas City, Missouri (KCMO), received official authorization from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to move the KC Streetcar Main Street Extension project into the “Project Development” phase.

“Project Development” is the phase where project details will be developed including refined capital and operating costs, estimating ridership and other benefits, assessing environmental impacts, and developing a detailed funding plan for the streetcar extension.  It includes work currently being done by a team of consultants led by HDR, Inc., which is being jointly funded by the KCSA and KCATA.

“We are thrilled to work with the KCSA, Kansas City, Missouri, the recently formed Transportation Development District (TDD) and the community to move this project forward,” said Robbie Makinen, KCATA president & CEO. “An extension of the KC Streetcar south is an important part of the region’s plan for improved service and we’re looking forward to making it a reality.”

“KC Streetcar’s downtown starter line has proven its worth and this Main Street extension will further strengthen our investment while connecting our most dense neighborhoods and business centers in a new and exciting way,” said Tom Gerend, KCSA executive director.  “We thank KCATA for their support.”

“FTA’s authorization is an important and necessary step if federal funding is ever to be secured for the streetcar extension” said KCATA’s Richard Jarrold, Senior Vice President Strategic Planning and Economic Development.  “While it is not a commitment of federal funds, it is the U.S. Department of Transportation’s recognition of the streetcar extension project and it places Kansas City’s streetcar extension on their list of projects that could be considered for future funding.”

In addition to the FTA requirements, this phase of the KC Streetcar Main Street Extension project will also focus on:

The KC Streetcar Main Street Extension project 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).  The primary area for this effort extends from downtown Kansas City and Union Station, south to UMKC in the vicinity of 51st and Brookside Boulevard.  The area is generally bounded on the west by Broadway Boulevard and on the east Gillham Road. 

Project Timeline

Streetcar Expansion Timeline

Expansion Map

KC Streetcar Expansion Map

Christmas and New Year’s Day Transit Service

Posted on: Dec 21, 2017

Free Rides the Night of New Year’s Eve

(Kansas City, Mo. – Dec. 21, 2017) Area transit providers will observe the Christmas holiday on Monday, Dec. 25, and New Year’s Day holiday on Monday, Jan. 1.

On Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, RideKC transit and KC Streetcar will use Sunday/Holiday schedules. KC Streetcar will operate a Sunday schedule, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. On Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve, KC Streetcar will operate from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. RideKC service operated by Johnson County, Independence and Unified Government Transit will not offer service Dec. 25 and Jan 1. The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority’s Regional Call Center, administrative offices and customer service lobby also will be closed to observe the holidays.

Regular weekday service will resume on Tuesday Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, for all transit service.

New Year’s Eve

To help Kansas City celebrate New Year’s Eve safely, RideKC will offer free bus rides from 4 p.m. Sunday until the end of service after midnight.

On the evening of Sunday, Dec. 31, all RideKC buses will be free to help holiday revelers get to and from their destinations safely.  Riders can plan a trip at www.ridekc.org, using the trip planner on the home page.  Sunday service includes service in Kansas City, Mo., Kansas City, Kan., and North Kansas City.

Customers can get help planning a trip by calling the Regional Call Center at 816-221-0660, weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Holiday service

Leavenworth Mayor, Nancy Bauder, KCATA Board of Commissioners

Posted on: Dec 20, 2017

(Kansas City, Mo. – Dec. 20, 2017) Leavenworth Mayor Nancy Bauder has been named to the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority’s Board of Commissioners.

The Leavenworth, Kan., Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously to appoint Bauder to represent the county, to fill an empty commission seat. 

Bauder became mayor of the City of Leavenworth earlier this year. In addition to her role on the Leavenworth City Commission and as Mayor of Leavenworth, Bauder is owner of Bauder Arts, Inc. She was named the Business Woman of the Year by Leavenworth-Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce.

Bauder has previously served as the Executive Director of United Way of Leavenworth County. She also has been actively involved in community development in her roles as the Executive Director of the Community Development Corporation of Leavenworth, Kan. and Executive Director of the Leavenworth Main Street Program.

Bauder has a master’s degree business and management from Webster University and a bachelor’s in science in medical technology from St. Mary’s College.

About the KCATA Board of Commisioners

The KCATA is governed by a 10-member Board of Commissioners, five from Missouri and five from Kansas. 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 President/CEO. 

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

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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 2017 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 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 [url=http://www.RideKC.org]http://www.RideKC.org[/url]. 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 [url=http://www.ridekc.org]http://www.ridekc.org[/url] or call the Regional Call Center at (816) 221-0660 weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

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

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

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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 [url=http://www.RideKC.org]http://www.RideKC.org[/url] 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 [url=http://www.twitter.com/RideKCTransit]http://www.twitter.com/RideKCTransit[/url] 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 [url=http://www.ridekc.org]http://www.ridekc.org[/url].

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 [url=http://www.ridekc.org]http://www.ridekc.org[/url] 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 [url=http://www.ridekc.org. ]http://www.ridekc.org. [/url];

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, [url=http://www.kceb.org/]http://www.kceb.org/[/url]. For other locations in Missouri, start with the Secretary of State’s website, [url=http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/govotemissouri/]http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/govotemissouri/[/url].

In Kansas, Johnson County voters can access resources at Johnson County Election Office, [url=https://www.jocoelection.org/default.htm]https://www.jocoelection.org/default.htm[/url], and Wyandotte County election information is available at Wyandotte County Election Office, [url=http://www.wycokck.org/election/]http://www.wycokck.org/election/[/url] 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, [url=http://www.voteks.org/]http://www.voteks.org/[/url].

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 [url=http://www.ridekc.org]http://www.ridekc.org[/url]. 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 [url=http://www.ridekc.org]http://www.ridekc.org[/url]. 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 [url=http://www.ridekc.org]http://www.ridekc.org[/url]. 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 [url=http://www.ridekc.org]http://www.ridekc.org[/url], 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 [url=http://www.ridekc.org]http://www.ridekc.org[/url] to look up routes and schedules or use the Trip Planner.  The ozone forecast is available at 816-701-8287, at [url=http://www.marc.org]http://www.marc.org[/url], 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 [url=http://www.marc.org]http://www.marc.org[/url], 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 [url=http://ridekc.org/]http://ridekc.org/[/url]. 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 [url=http://www.ridekc.org]http://www.ridekc.org[/url] 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 [url=http://www.ridekc.org]http://www.ridekc.org[/url] 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 [url=http://www.ridekc.org]http://www.ridekc.org[/url].

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.