Anywhere you want.
Anytime you want.
Weekends? Holidays? It doesn’t matter.
Seniors and riders with disabilities in parts of the metro area will have more freedom to get around with a new pilot taxi voucher program launching July 5.
The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority is piloting a regional taxi voucher program similar to ones operated in Olathe, Lenexa and Shawnee on the Kansas side of the state line.
The program is open to anyone 65 and older, as well as anyone with a disability in Johnson County and parts of eastern Jackson County in Missouri, 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 regular 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.
“This is all about access, but at the same time it’s a way of thinking outside the box and looking for new and innovative ways to offer public transportation to our constituents,” said Steve Klika, chairman of the KCATA Board of Commissioners. “We want to give our residents more flexibility to get around while measuring whether there is a more cost-effective way to provide public transportation.”
Anyone interested should go to the RideKC Taxi page.
An application also can be obtained by calling 816-221-0660. You can request an application from RideKConDemand@kcata.org, so one can be emailed, mailed or faxed to you. 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 your computer with the application or 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 card will work like a debit card. When you receive it in the mail – between seven to 10 business days after the application is approved – instructions will be provided showing you how to upload value onto your new card so it can be swiped when using the cab.
Questions? Call 816-221-0660 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.