BY LYNN HORSLEY, KC Star
February 15, 2018 02:53 PM
Expanded bus service begins April 2 from Kansas City’s urban core to south Johnson County jobs hubs, after the Johnson County Commission unanimously approved the plan Thursday.
“The need to get people to the growing jobs market in south Johnson County has been known for quite some time,” Dick Jarrold, the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority’s vice president for regional planning, told the commission before the vote.
Jarrold said the bus agency has discussed the issue extensively with employers over the past six months, and has designed the service to help fit shift times at the Logistics Park companies in Edgerton. Buses will run from both downtown Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan., in the mornings and again in the evenings, including on Saturdays. The route will also stop at the New Century Air Center in Olathe.
The commission approved the new RideKC service, which will cost $300,000 in this first year, from money already authorized in this year’s county budget for transit.