On Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, Kansas City will be in the path of a total solar eclipse. The path of the moon will completely cover the sun. The corona (the sun’s tenuous atmosphere) will be visible. According to NASA, a total solar eclipse is “one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights.”
RideKC is preparing for the solar eclipse, with plans that will keep customers safe and allow people to enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime eclipse. Looking for a watch party to celebrate the 2017 Solar Eclipse? Take RideKC to any of these local events. Be sure to check if tickets or preregistration are required:
City Market's Total Eclipse Watch Party: Event link
Routes: Main Street MAX, KC Streetcar, 10, 85, 77, 103, 201
Kansas City T-Bones Solar Eclipse Viewing Party: Event link
Routes: 101, 116
Experience the Eclipse at Science City: Event link
Routes: Main Street MAX, KC Streetcar, 23, 27, 55, 47, 51, 77, 201
Not going to an event? Buses will stop for a few minutes to ensure safety and to allow riders to check out the eclipse.
RideKC Bus operators and RideKC Freedom paratransit drivers will pull over to a safe location at 1:05 p.m., to ensure the safety of our passengers. Customers will be allowed to get off the bus to view the eclipse, expected to occur at 1:09 p.m. RideKC Bus and RideKC Freedom services will resume travel shortly after 1:10 p.m.
RideKC may experience delays before and after the eclipse. Heavy traffic is expected as residents and visitors to the area travel to and from the path of the eclipse. Bus tracking for KCATA buses is available on our website at www.RideKC.org.
The partial eclipse will begin around 11:41 a.m. and end around 2:36 p.m. The period of total eclipse will begin around 1:05 p.m., depending on one’s location in the region.
Parts of the RideKC region will have a short period of total darkness, while other parts will experience a partial eclipse.
For route and schedule information, customers can contact the Regional Call Center at 816.221.0660, weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.