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The RideKC Next project is a comprehensive review and redesign of transit service focused on Kansas City, Mo. (KCMO), conducted by the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) as part of our mission to connect people with opportunities.
The Latest: The KCATA is Looking for Public Feedback
After reviewing the existing system, the KCATA has developed a Draft Plan to redesign transit services in KCMO. Your feedback will help the KCATA the community’s reaction to the proposed changes and determine next steps. If the community responds favorably, the KCATA will develop a Final Plan for to change RideKC services in Fall 2020.
What’s in the Draft Network?
Same amount of service, but a higher priority on expanding ridership.
A frequent grid, seven days a week, to connect more people to opportunity.
- 19% more people would live within a 1/2 mile of a frequent route.
- All frequent routes would have service every 15 minutes or better on weekdays and Saturdays, every 20 minutes or better on Sundays.
- In an hour or less, the average KCMO resident could reach 7% more jobs on weekdays, and 22% more jobs on Saturdays on transit.
A simpler, easier and more efficient network.
- Flex service expanded to more locations north of the Missouri river.
- Fewer routes 1/4 mile apart or less connecting the same neighborhoods to downtown.
- Routes with fewer than 200 riders per day removed or substantially redesigned.
- Nine fewer routes, but the network would still serve 99% of the places it serves today.
Retaining options for those who need transit the most.
- Number of low-income residents within 1/2 mile of service essentially unchanged.
What’s in the Survey?
The survey presents questions to help us understand your reactions to three key issues:
1. Ridership vs. Coverage: Did we get the balance right?
- A lot of service where many people will use it vs. A little service in as many places as possible.
- The Draft Plan proposes a slight shift toward ridership and away from coverage.
2. Purpose of Coverage
- Focus on areas with high need vs. Serve every area in KCMO.
- The Draft Plan avoids coverage cuts in high-need areas.
3. Priorities for Improvement
- When it comes to public transit, what’s most important to you?
There are no right or wrong answers; responses will be based on your personal values.
The survey will be open until March 16, 2020.
Draft Plan Overview [PDF]: English (coming soon) - Spanish (coming soon)
Existing vs. Proposed Network maps, big picture [PDF, 1.3 MB]
Existing vs. Proposed Network maps, by area [PDF, 2.3 MB]
Full Draft Plan:
- Introduction and Summary [PDF, 3.5 MB]
- Chapter 1: How did we get here? [PDF, 2 MB]
- Chapter 2: What's in the Draft Network? [PDF, 4 MB] Includes route specific information, including proposed route maps and frequencies
- Chapter 3: How would this plan make transit more useful? [PDF, 4 MB]
- Chapter 4: Where do we go from here? [PDF, 400 KB]
RideKC Next Overview
Phase 1: Review of Existing Transit Services and Initial Public Outreach
COMPLETED JANUARY 2020
RideKC Next reviewed the purpose and performance of all existing transit services in KCMO. This includes: an analysis of transit operations, consideration of new mobility options, identification of key choices, and public engagement and outreach, including an online survey, now closed.
Information gathered throughout the process helped to guide the design of an updated transit service and network plan that more accurately reflects the values of Kansas City, Mo. communities. See the Choices Report at RideKCNext.org.
Phase 2: Draft Final Plan
Based on what we heard from the public in our transit choices survey, we have prepared a draft plan before any updates or changes are finalized. The Draft Plan available for the public to read here.
We want to hear from you about key issues presented in the Draft Plan, such as - the balance between ridership vs. coverage, the purpose of coverage, and the priorities for improvement to the transit network. Take the Draft Plan Survey and tell us what you think about the proposed changes: Survey in English – Survey in Spanish.
Phase 3: Final Plan
In late March, the KCATA will summarize the results of the public’s response to the draft plan and report back to the KCATA Board of Commissioners. The KCATA may adjust the Final plan based upon the public reaction and the policy direction. Because this plan is focused on the network that operates in KCMO, final approval may have to come from the KCMO Mayor and City Council.
KCATA intends to implement the Final Plan and make changes to RideKC service in the fall of 2020.
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See RideKCNext.org for more details.Back