Next Stop: Grandview
The wheels on the bus go 'round and 'round... and right into Grandview. As of April 1, an expansion of the 29 Blue Ridge Limited line is up and running.
It's part of a pilot program with KCATA and the City of Grandview. Dozens of supporters braved the cold and wind outside Truman's Marketplace to celebrate the official launch of the expansion. Standing next to a blue and white RideKC bus, KCATA president & CEO Robbie Makinen praised Grandview leaders for the recent transformation of Truman Corners to Truman's Marketplace, and partnering to provide people more transportation options-- including free rides for veterans. "1.8 million rides-- free rides-- for veterans in the Kansas City region, of which now the city of Grandview will be a part of," Makinen proudly explained. "No one else in the nation provides free public transit for veterans."
This new extension connects Grandview to Downtown Kansas City, MO as well as other popular destinations like Cerner. The extension runs northbound to KCMO and southbound to Grandview twice a day, Monday through Friday in the early morning and late afternoon. Buses run every 30 minutes (see schedule below).
A $250,000 grant made this extension possible thanks to the work of Grandview Public Works Director Dennis Randolph. The City’s match for the grant is a onetime payment of $50,000 from Grandview’s Transportation Sales Tax. "In building a sustainable community we need to provide for a variety of means of transportation, which is exactly what we're doing," explains Randolph. The funding is expected to keep the line running over the next three years. Beyond that will depend on ridership and funding.
Grandview destinations include Truman's Marketplace, Mid-Continent Public Library and City Hall. Plan your trip at www.ridekc.com.
4:47 a.m. to 7:26 a.m.
4:14 p.m. to 5:11 p.m.
5:51 a.m. to 6:51 a.m.
3:15 p.m. to 5:49 p.m.
*buses run every 30 minutes