From the CEO: Back to School with U-Pass

Date:September 26, 2017
From the CEO: Back to School with U-Pass

CEO Robbie Makinen
From President & CEO Robbie Makinen

College students go back to school with U-Pass

As summer winds down and a new school year kicks off, RideKC welcomes another college to the U-Pass program. 

U-Pass lets colleges and universities offer transit passes to their students en masse, typically using an existing student ID as all-access transit pass. It allows students the flexibility to ride occasionally or every day, to school, to a job, or to shopping and entertainment.

This year, students at the Kansas City Kansas Community College join this popular RideKC program. The agreement between KCATA and KCKCC wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work of Commissioner Melissa Bynum, who represents Kansas City, Kan., on KCATA’s board.

“We are excited for so many students to be able to travel throughout the region using just their student ID,” said Melissa Bynum, Unified Government Commissioner and Board member of the KCATA. “These valuable partnerships are helping us continue to build an integrated seamless transit system.”

KCKCC joins University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) and Metropolitan Community College of Kansas City (MCCKC), which provide the U-Pass to all enrolled students.

Over the last year, nearly 590,000 rides were taken with the U-Pass at UMKC, MCCKC and KCAI.

This program makes a difference in the lives of students, saving them money and expanding their access to the Kansas City community.

Robbie Makinen
KCATA President & CEO

Group at Metropolitan Community College
Last year, MCCKC and KCAI joined the U-Pass program. This year, Kansas City Kansas Community College joins the U-Pass program, becoming the fourth college in Kansas City to offer the transit program to students.