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Independence Route Changes in January

Date:November 13, 2019
Effective:Jan 05, 2020

16, 24, 301, 302, 303, 305, 306 and RideKC Freedom to change January 5

Beginning January 5, 2020, several RideKC routes serving Independence will be reduced due to budget limitations. Changes to RideKC Freedom (formerly IndeAccess and IndeAccess+) services in Independence will also occur effective Jan. 5.

16 Truman Road Limited: One morning trip and one evening trip will be discontinued. The discontinued trips are the westbound trip leaving Farview Shopping Center at 6:35 a.m. and the eastbound trip leaving 9th & Grand at 5:12 p.m. The remaining trips on the schedule will not change.

24 Independence: 24 Highway and Brookside Avenue will no longer be a terminus location for some trips on the route. Westbound trips currently beginning at 24 Highway and Brookside Avenue will instead begin at Independence Avenue and Winner Road. Eastbound trips currently ending at 24 Highway and Brookside Avenue will instead end at Independence Avenue and Winner Road. Other trips on the route will not be affected.

301 Green, 302 Blue, 303 Purple, and 306 Red: Hours of service will be reduced by one hour in the evening. For each route, the last bus of the day will leave the Independence Transit Center at 5:05 p.m. and return to Independence Transit Center at 5:59 p.m.

305 Orange: The final eastbound and westbound trips will be discontinued. The last bus of the day will leave the Independence Transit Center at 4:05 p.m. and return to Independence Transit Center at 4:59 p.m.

RideKC Freedom in Independence (formerly IndeAccess) (ADA paratransit): The fare will increase from $2 to $3 per one-way trip. This new fare is consistent with other ADA paratransit rates in the RideKC region. The service hours for RideKC Freedom in Independence will not change.

RideKC Freedom in Independence (formerly IndeAccess+) (Non-ADA demand response): The fare will increase from $2 to $3 per one-way trip. In addition, the eligible age for this service will increase from 60 to 65. This change will only apply to new applicants as of January 5, 2020. Existing customers under the age of 65 will still be able to use the service after this change. These changes are consistent with the fare and eligibility standards of other non-ADA paratransit in the RideKC region. These changes only impact trips within the City of Independence. The RideKC Freedom On-Demand rates will remain the same ($5.00 for the first 5 miles and $2.00 per mile).

Public Meetings

RideKC and City of Independence will hold the following public meetings for customers and the general public to learn more about these changes and to provide input:

  • Wednesday, November 20, 5:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Independence Park & Ride (Truman Rd. & Noland Rd.) in Independence, MO
  • Thursday, November 21, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Independence Park & Ride (Truman Rd. & Noland Rd.) in Independence, MO
  • Thursday, November 21, 4:15 to 5:45 p.m. at Truman Rd. and Troost Ave. in Kansas City, MO
  • Friday, November 22, 10 to 11 a.m. at the Palmer Center, 218A N. Pleasant St., Independence, MO

You may also submit comments and questions by calling 816-346-0300 or by email at planning@kcata.org. Comments can also be mailed to the Planning Department, KCATA, and 1200 E. 18th St., Kansas City, Missouri 64108.

For route and schedule information, call the Regional Call Center at (816) 221-0660, weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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