Summary of Smart Moves/RideKC - Other Fast and Frequent Service


Contact Information

Organization: KCATA
Contact person: Shawn Strate
Title: Planning Manager
Phone: 816-346-0349
Organization address: 1200 E. 18th Street
  Kansas City, MO    64108

General Information

1. Project name: Smart Moves/RideKC - Other Fast and Frequent Service
2. City(ies), County(ies), State: City of Kansas City, MO, City of Kansas City, KS, City of North Kansas City, City of Gladstone, City of Grandview, City of Lenexa, City of Shawnee, City of Overland Park, City of Raytown, City of Independence, City of Olathe, City of Leawood, City of Mission, Jackson County, Clay County, Platte County
3. Routes, interchanges and/or intersections: Future improvements to following routes: • 39 39th Street • 75 75th Street/475 Quivira-75th Street • 101 State Ave. • 107 7th Street-Parallel • 401 Metcalf-Plaza • 31 31st Street/ Rock Island Corridor
4. Primary project mode: Transit 
5. Supplementary project mode(s): * Active Transportation )
Just by choosing transit as a component of any given trip, a person most often must also take advantage of other modes. For example, a commuter could drive 10 minutes to a park & ride, get on a bus, ride for 20 minutes, and then get off and walk 5 minutes to his or her office. Another person might bike 10 minutes to a bus stop, put her bike on the bus and ride for 10 minutes and then get off and bike 15 minutes to her final destination. Besides biking and walking, car and bike share as well as ride hailing are all modes that are encouraged by investment in transit.
6. Project Purpose: * System expansion (added capacity) * System preservation, rehabilitation or replacement * System operations and management )
7. Project sponsor: Shawn Strate
8. Total budget in 2019 dollars: $285516000
9. Project description: This project will develop Fast & Frequent transit services along key corridors as defined by existing high-ridership services and by the SmartMoves 3.0 regional transit plan. Fast and Frequent signifies a transit system with headways 15 minutes or less. Fast and Frequent routes on the following key routes/corridors would provide an efficient way to move through the region and access key destinations and transfer points: 39th – 39th Street • The 39th Street route serves populations and commercial destinations along the popular 39th street corridor. Passengers from both east and west of 71 hwy have access to destinations like KU medical center, shopping along the 39th street, ALDI, and several of Kansas City’s Parks. 75th – 75th Street • The 75th street route serves populations in Waldo and Red Bridge while providing access to important transfer points like the 3-Trails Park & Ride, Ward Parkway Center, and transfer points along Main St. and Troost St. 101 – State Ave. • The 101 provides access to both Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri. Riders are able to access both city’s downtown areas as well as key transfer locations in Downtown Kansas City, Missouri and a Park & Ride at 47th and State Avenue. 107 – 7th Street-Parallel • The 7th Street-Parallel route provides citizens of Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri access to destinations like KU Medical Center, Downtown Kansas City, Kansas and shopping and dining along Rainbow. This route also provides many transfer points to other regional routes. 401 – Metcalf-Plaza • The 401 route provides residents of Johnson County, Kansas and Jackson County, Missouri access to destinations such as shopping along Blue Valley Parkway and Rosana Square and access to educational centers like Johnson County Community College and University of Missouri, Kansas City. Major employment centers, such as the Sprint Campus are served as well. 31st / Rock Island Corridor • The Linwood/Rock Island Corridor represents a connection between the people of Kansas City, Raytown, and Lee’s Summit. While the 31 31st Street route provides service along 31st Street to Blue Ridge Crossing, currently the only service provided approximately adjacent to the Rock Island corridor is the 550 Lee’s Summit Express. This corridor could provide service to the Truman Sports Complex as well as employment centers in the three cities served. The intent of this project is to make using transit and mobility services an attractive and viable option for more Kansas City area residents and workers. Expanding the region’s transit system (in terms of route options, frequency of service, and days of service) will not only benefit those who choose to or depend on transit (i.e. transit riders) but others as well. For instance, expanding the transit system and increasing ridership will take more cars off the road, thereby decreasing traffic for those that choose to/must drive. This decreased traffic will also benefit bicyclists and pedestrians in terms of making their travel safer and more pleasant as well as improving air quality. Decreased traffic/congestion will also benefit the movement of freight as well.
10. Scope: The basic categories of transit service in Smart Moves 3.0 are: • Fast and Frequent (15 minutes or less) • Supporting (30 minutes) • Express Additionally, RideKC currently operates (and Smart Moves includes the continuation of) some service that operates less frequently (for example, once per hour) as well as a number of flex services. Furthermore, complementary paratransit service, as mandated by federal guidelines, is also included. An additional category, First/Last Mile Connectivity, provides for mobility services such as bike and car share, and microtransit. In terms of capital investments, Smart Moves and the RideKC system not only includes rolling stock and equipment for fare collection but also infrastructure that is fixed to the ground whether at conventional stops or in the system of over 60 mobility hubs. While all of the transit routes are delineated, one-by-one in Smart Moves, for the purposes of being included in the fiscally-constrained list in RTP 2050, the following provides guidance for how services as well as capital investment should be captured: Phase 1 (2020-2029): Fast and Frequent service: • Metcalf-Plaza • 75th-Quivira • State Avenue • 7th Street • 39th Street • 31st/Rock Island Phase II (2030-2039): Fast and Frequent service: • Metcalf-Plaza • 75th-Quivira • State Avenue (Long) • State Avenue (Short) • 7th Street • 39th Street • 31st/Rock Island Phase III (2040-2049): Fast and Frequent service: • Metcalf-Plaza • 75th-Quivira • State Avenue (Long) • State Avenue (Short) • 7th Street • 39th Street • 31st/Rock Island
11. Project schedule: Phase I: 2020-2029 Phase II: 2030-2039 Phase II: 2040-2050

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Tim Zook said...

I support the KCATA expanding fast and frequent service. One of the major complaints of those avoiding travel by transit is infrequency. MARC should encourage transit use and support fast and frequent transit, as the more transit that is taken equals less wear and tear on other assets.

5/17/2019 3:15:58 PM

Jeremy Nelson said...

I support the expansion and improved frequency along major transit lines. Frequency is a major factor in my decision on choosing transportation. Greater frequency on 75th street would better connect my neighborhood to the Main MAX bus line.

8/14/2019 12:55:13 PM


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