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Transit Improvements in Johnson County Begin in May 2022

Date:February 01, 2022
Effective:May 09, 2022

Updated: March 30, 2022 - Originally published: Feb. 1, 2022

Update: Schedules and Maps are now available on this page for routes 519, 520, 563, 569, and 595.

RideKC routes in Johnson County, Kan., will change this year as part of several pilot programs to improve public transportation.

Starting in May, improvements will be made to commuter express routes. Micro Transit will expand in Spring 2022. In July 2022, local routes and paratransit will change.

The changes will include:

  • Streamlined commuter express service to prioritize the use of park and rides, reduced travel time and a new express route (May 9, 2022)
  • Micro Transit expansion will use multiple zones and Sunday service. There will be an adjustment of fares for Micro Transit.
  • Fixed route improvements will include increased mid-day service levels, a new route on the 87th Street, and the addition of Saturday service for four existing routes. 
  • New complementary paratransit service in support of vulnerable populations. 

These changes will improve the quality and level of service of transit in the county and make public transportation in Johnson County a more viable mode of travel for residents by offering more frequent, reliable service.

Final maps and schedules will be available on this webpage in March. Draft maps are available now.

Express Service Changes Coming May 2022 

519 Olathe Express: Weekday ScheduleMap 

519 Olathe Express will begin its route at the Walmart Supercenter on the K-7 Highway in Olathe instead of Old 56 & Robinson Park and Ride. The route will travel along W. 135th Street/Santa Fe, and go north on I-35 directly to downtown Kansas City, Mo. The Strang Line Park and Ride will no longer be served by 519. The Strang Line Park and Ride will have service on new express route 520 Strang Line Express.

In downtown KCMO, 519 will exit I-35 on W. Pennway Street, go south on Broadway, east on Pershing Street, north on Grand, right on 18th, north on Oak Street, west on 11th, and south on Pennsylvania to go south on I-35.
519 will have three morning trips and three evening trips. 
Route 519 Olathe Express Map

NEW: 520 Strang Line Express: Weekday ScheduleMap 

520 Strang Line Express will travel between the Strang Line Park and Ride and downtown Kansas City, Mo., via I-35. 520 will provide service to Oak Park Mall. 
In downtown Kansas City, Mo., 520 will exit I-35 on W. Pennway Street, go south on Broadway, east on Pershing Street, north on Grand, right on 18th, north on Oak Street, west on 11th, and south on Pennsylvania to go south on I-35.
520 will have three morning trips and three evening trips.
520 Strang Line map

563 Shawnee Express: Weekday ScheduleMap 

563 Shawnee Express will operate between 66th & Hilltop Park and Ride, the Shawnee Station Park and Ride, and downtown Kansas City, Mo. 563 will provide connections to other RideKC routes at the Mission Transit Center. The Walmart Supercenter in Olathe will no longer be served by Route 563.
In downtown Kansas City, Mo., 563 will exit I-35 on W. Pennway Street, go south on Broadway, east on Pershing Street, north on Grand, right on 18th, north on Oak Street, west on 11th, and south on Pennsylvania to go south on I-35.
563 will have three morning trips and three evening trips. 
563 Shawnee Express map

569 South OP Express: Weekday ScheduleMap 

569 South OP Express will serve Antioch Street & 137th Street in Overland Park and downtown Kansas City, Mo., via US-69 and I-35. Mur-Len Road and W. 151st Street will no longer be served by 569.
In downtown Kansas City, Mo., 569 will exit I-35 on W. Pennway Street, go south on Broadway, east on Pershing Street, north on Grand, right on 18th, north on Oak Street, west on 11th, and south on Pennsylvania to go south on I-35.
569 will have three morning trips and three evening trips. 
569 OP Express route map

595 Gardner-OP Express: Weekday Schedule - Map 

595 Gardner-OP Express will operate between the TradeNet Park and Ride in Gardner and downtown Kansas City, Mo. in order to streamline service on the route. The route will not serve local stops in Edgerton and Gardner, Oak Park Mall in Overland Park, and Kansas City, Kansas.
In downtown KCMO, JCT commuter express routes will exit I-35 on W. Pennway Street, go south on Broadway, east on Pershing Street, north on Grand, right on 18th, north on Oak Street, west on 11th, and south on Pennsylvania to go south on I-35.
595 will have three morning trips and three evening trips.
Route 595 Gardner-OP Express Map

Downtown route for all Johnson County express routes 

Downtown route map for Johnson County Routes
Click link for larger map
 

Micro Transit Expands Zone, Adds Sunday Service 

In July, 499 Johnson County Micro Transit will expand its service area and add Sunday service. The service will have multiple zones, with different fares depending on the zones. 499 Johnson County Micro Transit will operate Sunday through Saturday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Public Comment Period 

The public comment period has ended for commuter express routes. We will open a new pubic comment period regarding the changes to local routes and Micro Transit. Information will be posted at RideKC.org when public comment opens.

For route and schedule information, visit RideKC.org any time or call the RideKC Regional Call Center at 816-221-0660, weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. We offer translation assistance for trip information in more than 50 languages.

El Centro de Llamadas Regional de RideKC brinda asistencia con la traducción al 816-221-0660, de lunes a viernes de 6 a.m. a 6 p.m. Lo conectaremos con un intérprete que puede traducir la información del viaje en más de 50 idiomas. 

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