(Kansas City, Mo. – Nov. 9, 2020) – The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority will hold virtual public meetings to present the RideKC Next transit plan developed by customers and stakeholders over the last year and a half. Customers are encouraged to attend the online meetings to provide valuable input about this next phase of the RideKC Next plan in Kansas City, Mo.
“The RideKC Next plan reflects the needs and desires of the community,” said Robbie Makinen, KCATA president and CEO. “We listened and are responding with a plan that provides better access to jobs, health care, education and social equity. It is a plan that addresses community needs for the next 20 years, not the last 20. And, we are providing it zero-fare for riders.”
The RideKC Next plan provides the same amount of service, reallocated to expand access to jobs, health care, education and social equity. The goal of the revised plan is to provide a simpler, easier and more efficient network that connects more people to opportunities. The proposed restructuring includes establishing a frequent grid in the core of the transit network, while also providing flexible service that covers larger areas and provides access to the system.
KCATA has been zero fare since March 2020 to better meet the needs of customers who rely on transit to connect to jobs, essential services, and other opportunities. A single parent with two children saves $2,100 a year, which will be invested elsewhere in the local economy.
There are six RideKC Next informational Zoom sessions scheduled over the next month. Attendees may drop in and out during a session to learn about planned changes and provide input. To join the meeting, click on the provided link. When prompted, select “Run” to launch the meeting. Please wait for RideKC to admit you. A Zoom account is not necessary to attend a meeting. The meetings can also be attended by calling in to an access number. Those call-in details are available at ridekcnext.org.
A frequent grid, seven days a week, to connect more people to opportunities.
A simpler, easier and more efficient network.
The proposal represents input from extensive public outreach obtained in early 2020, as well as analysis of travel patterns and needs during the 2020 pandemic. In addition to the meetings being held now, RideKC will offer personalized travel training in the spring of 2021 leading up to planned implementation in July 2021.
Customers may ask questions or submit a comment by calling 816-346-0300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To review plan materials in advance of the public meetings go to ridekc.org. Maps and hours of service by route will be available online by Nov. 12.