COVID-19 Daily Updates

Date:May 19, 2020
Effective:May 19, 2020

Working Together Against Novel Coronavirus 

This page was originally published March 4 and will be updated daily with important information about the impact of COVID-19 on RideKC transit service. 

COVID-19 in the United States is an evolving situation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website provides information about the status of the pandemic and measures people and businesses can take. See up-to-date information at the bottom of this web page.

The region is under an emergency declaration.

Take a survey about the impact of COVID-19 on your travel.
Take RideKC's COVID-19 Survey 

Update, May 30:

  • Service Restoration Plan: RideKC has a four-phase plan to restore service to much of the region over the next year. Central to our plan is connecting people to opportunities, and ensuring access to jobs and services at hospitals, other medical care, pharmacies, grocery and food services, and other essential services.    
  • Daily update Saturday, May 30: RideKC is operating reduced schedules. Due to staffing issues there may be significant delays. On Saturday, May 30, RideKC routes Main MAX, 15 Truman Road, 24 Independence, 25 Troost, 28 Blue Ridge, 35 35th Street, 39 39th Street, 85 Paseo, 101 State Ave., 104 Argentine, 106 Quindaro-Amazon, 201 North Oak and 238 Meadowbrook are delayed due to staffing issues. For next available bus, contact the Regional Call Center at 816-221-0660 on weekdays, or use online trip planners and bus trackers. Bus trackers: Trip planning apps:
  • RideKC Bus Changes: Effective May 31, RideKC will offer later service on routes that previously ran after 9 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. New timetables are posted online. 
  • RideKC Freedom Changes: Effective May 15, customers must make reservations 48 hours in advance. All passengers should wear face coverings to reduce the spread of COIVD-19. RideKC Freedom On-Demand will have a limit of 200 trips per day.
  • RideKC Streetcar: Effective May 18, KC Streetcar is running two to three streetcars. Hours of service are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, and 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. 
  • RideKC has will temporarily changed schedules in several communities, including KCMO. See bulletin for more details. 
  • RideKC service in Johnson County, Kansas, routes has temporarily changed schedules on several routes.
  • Due to new guidance from the CDC, RideKC recommends riders wear face coverings while riding buses. The CDC now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain. See CDC recommendations on face coverings.
  • RideKC asks people to take a survey about COVID-19 and the impact on their travel:

Recent Updates

  • The Kansas City region is under an emergency order. Travel only if necessary and confirm your destination is open. 
  • Riders should wear face coverings while riding buses. The CDC now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  • On all RideKC buses with a rear door, please board and exit through the rear doors. This helps with social distancing between riders and operators. Riders who need to use the ramp or kneeling feature board at the front.
  • Signs to encourage social distancing are being placed on bus seats. All customers should observe safe social distancing and be seated unless prevented from doing so by a physical disability.
  • Lost and Found policy: KCATA will collect and store keys, wallets, purses, mobile phones, laptops, eyeglasses, and medication. There is a five-day hold period. All other items, except bicycles, will be discarded. Call 816-346-0265 for Lost and Found. Appointments to pick up lost items will be made for Mondays and Thursday only. The Customer Service Lobby is closed until further notice.
  • 510 K-10 Connector is using its “break” schedule
  • RideKC Freedom provides essential trips only; these include trips to work and medical appointments, and trips to grocery stores, pharmacies and food banks.  
  • Fares are suspended on all RideKC buses, including those operated by KCATA, Johnson County, Kansas City, Kansas, and Independence, Mo.
  • RideKC Bike + Scooter is offering free rides for small businesses and KC residents. 
  • RideKC is sanitizing buses on a daily basis.
  • RideKC has confirmed a positive test result of COVID-19 for a bus operator who drove route 104 Argentine on Wednesday, April 1, from 12:30 to 8 PM. On April 2, they did not return to work.
  • All meetings at KCATA are suspended. KCATA Board of Commissioners meetings will be held via teleconference.  

RideKC bus showing boarding location at the rear of the bus.

RideKC is proactively taking steps to minimize exposure to customers and employees, and we are asking for your help, as well.

Here’s what RideKC is doing:

  • KCATA buses are being sanitized every night with a misting sanitizer using aqueous ozone.
  • Wiping down surfaces on buses with a sanitizer. 
  • Hand sanitizer is now available on each bus for customer use.

Here’s what RideKC customers can do:

  • Essential travel only is allowed under the current Stay-At-Home order. Call ahead to confirm your destination is open.
  • Board buses at the rear door.
  • Wash hands frequently, which is still the best preventive action. Avoid touching their face after being in public places. Cover sneezes and coughs.
  • If you see an unhygienic surface on the bus or at a shelter, report it to the operator, another transit employee, or call customer service at 816-221-0660.
  • Distance yourself from other riders as needed to avoid spreading the virus. It’s not rude to get up and move if you need to.  

RideKC will immediately remove buses from service for cleaning if a passenger creates an unsanitary condition on a bus from a sickness of any kind.

While there is no silver bullet for any of the flu viruses, RideKC is working to keep you informed and to minimize your risk. Many questions about novel coronavirus can be answered at the website.

About the misting sanitizers used by RideKC: The misters use stabilized aqueous ozone. The compound is H203. H203 is food-grade safe and there is no chemical harm. Stabilized aqueous ozone is a safe, sustainable alternative to traditional chemical cleaners and sanitizers. It has been used to sanitize drinking water, produce and surgical instruments.

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Routes affected by this bulletin: