Exciting transit news for Kansas City college students.
Coming July 2, a new RideKC route will offer better service between downtown and the University of Missouri-Kansas City with popular destinations along the way.
RideKC’s new route — 55 Universities-Crossroads — will connect the campuses at UMKC, Rockhurst University and Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley to the Crossroads Arts District and the River Market.
Other hot stops include the Country Club Plaza, Westport and the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. It also links to the site planned for UMKC’s $96 million arts campus at 17th and Broadway.
“This is a great, new route,” said Chuck Ferguson, the KCATA’s chief planner. “It serves a corridor with thousands of students, giving them access to some of the area’s most exciting destinations.”
RideKC's new 55 Universities-Crossroads service will link directly
from UMKC's main campus to the the school's $96 million
arts campus planned for downtown.
The new route should meet rider demands for convenience since it’s direct with no transfers to get downtown. It also provides later service for anyone who needs transportation after 6 at night.
The existing 55th Street Route only offers one trip in each direction after 6 p.m. on weekdays when service ends at 7:45 p.m.
The new 55 Universities-Crossroads will be so much more convenient on weekdays with three northbound trips and two southbound bound trips after 6 p.m. Service will end by 10 p.m. on weeknights.
Another advantage: The new 55 route runs through the middle of the UMKC campus.
Planners designed the new 55 route as way of improving the 40 Crossroads-Plaza service as well as the existing 55th Street route. They took the best parts of the 40 and the 55 to create a new route giving riders the best transit experience.
While the 40 may no longer exist, for example, its riders can use the new 55 Universities-Crossroads to go farther than before.
For instance, the 40 route’s last northern stop was at Barney Allis Plaza at 12th & Wyandotte. It’s last southern stop was at the Plaza. Riders who once used the 40, can now take the new 55 route to the River Market area in the north and UMKC in the south.
The new 55 route also improves on the existing 55 route because it extends from the Westport area into the River Market area at 3rd and Grand. Check the RideKC website for a schedule and map of the new 55 route.
“We are always looking for ways to refine and improve our service so we can meet the needs of the most people,” Ferguson said. “Our new 55 Universities-Crossroads accomplishes that goal. We hope you’ll give it a try. We think you’ll like it.”