Thanks to changes to the 57 and two Flex routes, improved access to jobs and shopping in south Kansas City is on the way.
RideKC’s 57 Wornall will travel further south beginning Oct. 1, providing regularly scheduled transit service seven days a week to an area that previously had limited Flex service. 57 will no longer travel between the Plaza and Waldo; however, Main MAX will continue to make connections between these two areas.
The southward extension of 57 will open up more employment, shopping and entertainment options for transit riders. This change is being made in response to declining ridership on 57, along with ridership trends on the Flex routes. 57 will travel on Minor, and south on Wornall to 135th. The new route includes Martin City, Mo. The south-most point of the route along 135th and 136th streets travels through the retail area that includes Walmart, Target, and many other stores, restaurants and services (see map below).
57 also travels along the western side of Avila University, located on Wornall between Santa Fe Trail and 118th Street.
99 and 98 will combine service as 99 South KC Flex, to continue to offer Flex for the areas not on 57’s route. 99 will serve Metropolitan Community College-Longview, Loma Vista Shopping Center, Red Bridge Shopping Center, along with the new 3-Trails Transit Center. This new transit center at Bannister and Blue Ridge will serve as a hub for six RideKC routes: Troost MAX, 28 Blue Ridge, 29 Blue Ridge Limited, 75 75th Street, 99 South KC Flex, and 399 Raytown Flex.
For help planning a trip on these routes, call the Regional Call Center weekdays between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. at 816.221.0660.
Detail of southern part of 57 Wornall route. Click here for map of full route, from Waldo to Martin City.
New service area for combined 99 and 98 Flex route: