(Kansas City, MO. – June 23, 2016) Starting July 3, 2016, the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority will be making changes to a few RideKC routes. The changes are designed to help improve the efficiency of these different routes in Kansas City, Mo. The biggest change is an expansion to connect Southwest Blvd., the Westside, and the Northeast.
The routes that are changing are:
11-Northeast-Westside: This route will provide service to connect the Northeast and Westside neighborhoods. It will replace the 30-Northeast in downtown and to the east. The route will serve the Westside neighborhood using Summit, and travel Southwest Blvd, to 31st Street. The route will serve 30% more people and 20% more jobs.
54-Armour-Paseo: The route will extend into downtown to 3rd & Grand in the River Market neighborhood. It will be renamed to 85-Paseo. The route will travel on Grand between Crown Center and 3rd. It will no longer travel to 10th & Main.
27-27th Street: The route will no longer travel to 10th & Main and the Westside neighborhood, but riders can transfer to the Troost MAX at Hospital Hill or to several routes going downtown on Grand near Crown Center. Riders can also transfer to Main Street MAX and KC Streetcar at Union Station on Main. To reach the Westside, transfers to 11-Northeast-Westside can be made on Southwest Blvd.
28-Blue Ridge: The route will have a more efficient route in downtown, and will no longer serve the Blue Ridge/I-70 Park-and-Ride.
New schedules with maps and time are available on buses, in schedule racks and at www.ridekc.org. For more information, call the Regional Call Center at (816) 221-0660 weekdays, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
“These route changes will provide new ways to reach work and entertainment,” said Robbie Makinen, KCATA president and chief executive officer. “We are excited for these changes, which will make a difference in people’s ability to connect to all the city has to offer.”