Slowly and carefully during the last year, RideKC has renumbered more than four dozen bus routes across the Kansas City area in an effort to make riding the bus friendlier.
On Oct. 1, we completed our new renumbering system, which is designed to give riders a better idea of where they’re going, the price of the fare and the service they’re using.
The new numbering system gives our region one comprehensive system for identifying bus service across the area.
The old numbering system didn’t always clearly identify a bus’ destination, what type of service it provided or what part of the region it served.
For instance, express routes numbers were not grouped together. While some local routes were labeled as express service, they didn’t necessarily operate as an express service.
The previous numbering classification didn’t intuitively tell riders where they’re going across the board. Numbers referenced everything from numbered city streets, old streetcar lines or parts of town. A rider couldn’t assume the price of a ride based on the numbering system. For instance, service with a premium fare route costing $3 a trip was often mixed with the numbers of other local routes charging $1.50 a trip.
KCATA planners have crafted a new system that remedies those issues. The route numbers are broken down into separate categories denoting specific services and regions. Bus service and routes were not affected by the new numbering system. Here’s how the numbers changed:
We expect our riders will find this numbering system will not only be easier to understand but will improve the bus-riding experience.