(Kansas City, Mo. – April 4, 2018) The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA), in cooperation with the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas, is proud to announce the expansion of RideKC Freedom On-Demand paratransit services into Wyandotte County.
“We have had great success with our RideKC Freedom On-Demand service in Kansas City and this is another step toward regional, comprehensive mobility services,” said Robbie Makinen, President and CEO, Kansas City Area Transportation Authority. “It further drives home the idea that building great value-added services for our riders and community partners will drive public transit success in the region.”
Freedom On-Demand has proven itself as a leader in paratransit services in the region providing more than 54,000 rides since May 2017 when it launched in parts of Kansas City, Missouri, and northeast Johnson County, Kansas. With the expansion into Wyandotte County, RideKC Freedom On-Demand can provide paratransit users with more options.
Ridership for Freedom On-Demand continues to grow. In just the last month, we provided more than 7,700 rides for paratransit users in the region. The expansion doesn’t just give users more options, but allows the KCATA to continue building on robust, innovative partnerships that drive the region forward.
“Our governing body is always looking for ways to improve our residents’ quality of life through transportation. Our partnership with the KCATA allows us to achieve these goals through the expansion of the Freedom On-Demand service to residents in Wyandotte County,” said Mayor/CEO of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas, David Alvey. “It’s about access and affordability. This service provides another convenient option for riders to travel anywhere throughout the county.”
“As both a Commissioner for the Unified Government and a member of the KCATA Board of Commissioners, I could not be happier with this expansion of RideKC Freedom On-Demand into Wyandotte County,” said Melissa Bynum, KCATA Commissioner and Commissioner, Unified Government, At Large, District One. “It furthers the mission of the KCATA in bringing quality transit services to the entire region, while it enhances the transportation services provided by our Unified Government transportation department.”
Robbie Makinen, President and CEO, KCATA
Mayor David Alvey, Mayor of Kansas City, Kansas & CEO, Unified Government of Wyandotte County
Celebrate the expansion of RideKC Freedom On-Demand Paratransit service into the Wyandotte County Region
Friday, April 6, 1:00 p.m.
Midtown KCK Transit Center, 47th & State Ave., Kansas City, Kansas
Site of the old Indian Springs Mall