KCATA Studying Main Street MAX Improvements

Date:July 26, 2016
Effective:Jul 25, 2016

Map of proposed route change

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority is studying ways of improving Main Street MAX service, possibly by providing a straighter route through downtown. Representatives of the KCATA will ride the Main Street MAX route at various times from July 25 through Aug. 7. They will survey riders about proposals for improving the service, which was introduced to Kansas City in 2005.

The authority is considering the changes to adapt to travel demands that have evolved as downtown changed in the last 10 years. Downtown’s population is exploding. The central business district is bustling. Downtown is alive with entertainment options at the Sprint Center, the Power & Light District and the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

The KCATA is setting out to enhance Main Street MAX in several ways:

  • Improving service reliability.
  • Ending the circuitous route downtown that slows service and is hard to understand.
  • Building ridership.
  • Easing transfers to other routes on 11th Street and 12th Street.

Planners are examining how Main Street MAX can better serve our riders. Those possibilities include changing Main Street MAX so it has a straighter route through downtown. No date has been set for any proposed improvements. Here’s what’s under review:

  • MAX could run north-south on Grand Boulevard from the Crossroads area to the River Market.
  • MAX could be moved off Main and Wyandotte streets north of 20th Street.
  • MAX may no longer run on 8th, 9th, 11th and 12th Streets. It also may not use Oak.

Planners from the KCATA will ride Main Street MAX from July 25 through Aug. 7 to survey customers about potential changes. There are several other ways to tell us what you think:

About Main Street MAX

  • Started in 2005
  • Average weekday ridership: 4,556
  • Length of route: 9.4 miles from Waldo to 3rd & Grand downtown
  • Scheduled travel time for route: About 40 minutes
  • Features real-time arrival information signs, iconic markers and sleek bus shelters

For route and schedule information, contact the Regional Call Center at (816) 221-0660, weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Main Street MAX proposed route map


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