The RideKC Regional Transit Plan sets a 10-year goal of doubling jobs accessible by transit in 10 years. According to a 2011 Brookings Institution report, only 18% of jobs in the region are accessible by transit in under 90 minutes.
A multi-agency effort is underway to create a roadmap to link transit service to major employers throughout the region. Commuting patterns will be examined and major employment centers identified. Planners will pinpoint households without cars and assess their access to transit. Mid-America Regional Council and KCATA will collect opinions from corporate leaders and educate them about the economic benefits of improved transit services. They also will work with community organizations to identify gaps in transit service and solutions to improving public transportation access to jobs. They will solicit public opinion about how to make transit work better for the Kansas City area.
The end result will be a way to better connects transit to jobs - whether that means developing new regional transit routes, extending existing transit service, or identifying local service that links employers. They also will look at new and different ways to pay for service linked to employers.
The new regional plan is expected to be finished at the end of 2016.