(Kansas City, MO. – July 8, 2016) The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) will expand late-night bus service, connecting to key employment centers and entertainment venues in Kansas City.
Beginning tonight, July 8, 2016, the new later service on Friday and Saturday nights will be available on Troost MAX and 47-Broadway. The service will be extended until 2 a.m., giving riders a few extra round trips each day.
The Main Street MAX also added Friday and Saturday late night service in May.The Troost MAX will now start its last trip from downtown at 1:42 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. The last trip to downtown will begin from 75th & Troost at just before 1:30 a.m. on Fridays, and just before 1 a.m. on Saturdays. Late night service on Troost MAX travels to Troost & 75th Street.
The last Broadway bus leaves downtown at about 1:38 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. The last trip to downtown from JC Nichols & 47th will begin at 2 a.m. on Friday and 1:20 a.m. on Saturday. The 47-Broadway Late Night route will be shortened during the expanded late-night hours. The Broadway Late Night route will travel between 47th Street and Union Station. It will not travel east of the Plaza or north of Pershing in downtown.
The Main St. MAX also connects to the streetcar at Union Station. It does not travel north of Union Station; riders can reach Crossroads, downtown and River Market on the streetcar. The Main Street MAX route travels to 75th & Wornall in Waldo. Southbound late night trips on 47-Broadway and Main St. MAX board the northbound Union Station stop.
Expanded night service will improve better access to jobs in the downtown area, the Westport entertainment district, Hospital Hill, the Crossroads area and the Country Club Plaza. It will also offer enhanced transit connections for out-of-town visitors and help riders easily transfer between buses and the streetcar. The streetcar also will stop operating at 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
“Our new service will help people get to work at odd hours when transportation can be hard to find. Plus, it will provide new ways of reaching entertainment hot spots at convenient times without the hassle of driving,” said Robbie Makinen, chief executive officer and president of the KCATA. “This is just another example of how the KCATA is leading the way in finding new and innovative ways to make transit seamless and easy to use in the greater Kansas City region.”