Dec. 14: RideKC Reduces Bus Routes Due to COVID-19 Impact

Date:December 07, 2020
Effective:Dec 14, 2020

RideKC will temporarily roll back some RideKC transit service starting Monday, Dec. 14, due to the staffing shortages among our operator workforce and increasing community spread of COVID-19. RideKC transit should be used for essential trips only, effective Nov. 18.

The following routes will be temporarily discontinued effective Dec. 14:

  • 15 Truman Road
  • 55 Universities-Crossroads
  • 233 Vivion-Antioch

The following routes were discontinued Nov. 23: 23 23rd Street, 29 Blue Ridge Limited, 51 Ward Parkway, 234 Boardwalk-Antioch, 297 Tiffany Springs Flex, 340 TMC-Lakewood, 535 Liberty-Shoal Creek Express, 570 Blue Springs Express, and 571 71 Highway Express. The 529 KCI Express Limited schedule was revised Monday, Nov. 23.

These changes are designed to retain access to jobs, access to education, access to healthcare and equitable access for low-income residents who need it most.

Other routes will maintain their current schedule at this time. However, if regional impacts of COVID or staffing levels get worse, additional changes may be necessary in the future.

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Essential Trips Only 

Consistent with the Safer At Home orders and recommendations issued by area counties and municipalities, KCATA recommends transit riders only make essential trips, such as:

  • Rides for groceries
  • Trips for physical and mental health needs such as appointments and to pick up prescriptions
  • Trips for essential jobs including hospital/medical, grocery/food service, and essential production

RideKC COVID guidelines  

See more about the current status of transit at

Face coverings are required for riders and bus operators.

Fares are suspended on all bus and paratransit services other than 199 Micro Transit and 499 Micro Transit.

Social distancing is required on buses.

Riders should board and exit buses at the back door unless they have a disability that requires the ramp or kneeling feature, available at the front of the bus.

For further information, contact the Regional Call Center at 816-221-0660, weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.RideKC Service Alert