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The $54 Million Question: What’s Next For Prospect MAX

Date:September 27, 2016

(Kansas City, Mo. – Sept. 27, 2016) – The City of Kansas City, Mo., and the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) will hold a community meeting to discuss the planned Prospect MAX bus rapid transit (BRT) line. The meeting is Tuesday, Oct. 11, 4:30-6:30 p.m., at Alphapointe, 7501 Prospect.

Planning and development for the Prospect MAX project began about two years ago. As the project is soon to enter the design phase, public input is important. Residents, business owners, and bus riders are invited to give feedback on the proposed service and features that are under consideration for the next MAX BRT line in the RideKC system.  The project has an estimated price tag of $54 million. KCATA is seeking $38 million in federal funds, and $16 million in local funding. During the meeting, the City and KCATA will provide an update on Prospect MAX funding.

Public input is being requested on the features, technology and transit services planned or under consideration for the Prospect corridor. These include:

  • Newly designed MAX stations
  • Modern BRT vehicles (A current MAX bus will be on display)
  • Smart kiosks with real-time transit arrival information and touch screen capability similar to Kansas City’s downtown streetcar kiosks
  • State-of-the-art safety features and free Wi-Fi at MAX stations
  • MAX service every 10 minutes all day and local 71-Prospect service
  • Mobility hubs at the busiest Prospect MAX stations that may include bike share facilities, on-demand services, improved passenger information and more

There will be brief remarks by Third District City Council Member Jermaine Reed (Chair of the Prospect MAX Advisory Committee), other city officials, and KCATA representatives at 5:00 p.m. Attendees will then be welcome to visit the various stations to learn about and provide feedback about the project and features.

Transit riders can take route 71-Prospect, 75-75th Street, or 121-Cleveland to 75th & Prospect.  Light refreshments will be available at the meeting.

For additional information, call 816.221.0660 weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. or visit RideKC.org.