RideKC Next

RideKC Next

The RideKC Next project is a comprehensive review and redesign of transit service focused on Kansas City, Mo. (KCMO), conducted by the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) as part of our mission to connect people with opportunities.

What’s in the Draft Network?

Same amount of service, but a higher priority on expanding ridership.

A frequent grid, seven days a week, to connect more people to opportunity.

  • 19% more people would live within a 1/2 mile of a frequent route.
  • All frequent routes would have service every 15 minutes or better on weekdays and Saturdays, every 20 minutes or better on Sundays.
  • In an hour or less, the average KCMO resident could reach 7% more jobs on weekdays, and 22% more jobs on Saturdays on transit.

A simpler, easier and more efficient network.

  • Flex service expanded to more locations north of the Missouri river.
  • Fewer routes 1/4 mile apart or less connecting the same neighborhoods to downtown.
  • Routes with fewer than 200 riders per day removed or substantially redesigned.
  • Nine fewer routes, but the network would still serve 99% of the places it serves today.

Retaining options for those who need transit the most.

  • Number of low-income residents within 1/2 mile of service essentially unchanged.

Draft Network Plan 

Existing vs. Proposed Network maps, big picture [PDF, 1.3 MB]

Existing vs. Proposed Network maps, by area [PDF, 2.3 MB]

Full Draft Plan: 

RideKC Next Overview

Phase 1: Review of Existing Transit Services and Initial Public Outreach

RideKC Next reviewed the purpose and performance of all existing transit services in KCMO. This includes: an analysis of transit operations, consideration of new mobility options, identification of key choices, and public engagement and outreach, including an online survey, now closed.

Information gathered throughout the process helped to guide the design of an updated transit service and network plan that more accurately reflects the values of Kansas City, Mo. communities. See the Choices Report below. 

Phase 2: Draft Final Plan 

Based on what we heard from the public in our transit choices survey, we have prepared a draft plan before any updates or changes are finalized. The Draft Plan available for the public to read here.

We asked about key issues presented in the Draft Plan, such as - the balance between ridership vs. coverage, the purpose of coverage, and the priorities for improvement to the transit network. The survey about the Draft Plan closed on March 31. 

Phase 3: Final Plan

Due to the business disruption from COVID-19, the RideKC Next timeline will be revised. Stay tuned to this page for updates about the final plan and timeline.

In late March, the KCATA will summarize the results of the public’s response to the draft plan and report back to the KCATA Board of Commissioners. The KCATA may adjust the Final plan based upon the public reaction and the policy direction. Because this plan is focused on the network that operates in KCMO, final approval may have to come from the KCMO Mayor and City Council.

Small version of network map 
Click the map to view a larger version. [3 MB]


Phase I: Documents and Reports 

Text of the words RideKC and Next, with an upward arrow connecting the words.