KC wants voters to pay for expanded bus, streetcar proposal

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City wants to improve one of its bus routes, but the idea is already driving some controversy.

Kansas City Area Transit Authority (KCATA) wants to replace the regular bus stops on Prospect Avenue with a newer, faster MAX bus line.

The move would cut wait times for passengers up to nine minutes but first must be approved by voters.

The $43 million proposal would replace the bus system's regular bus stops on Prospect with a newer, faster MAX bus line. Two MAX bus lines already exist on Main and Troost.
       
Prospect is the second busiest route, picking up and dropping off about 6,000 passengers each day.
       
In August, voters must approve the new Prospect MAX bus line as part of the city's second streetcar route proposal. The city grouped the two together as part of its strategy to expand its mass transit options.

The streetcar proposal continues to draw big crowds angry about its tax proposals. But the Kansas City Transit Authority admits the high price tag will be a hard sell.

"We think it’s a good deal for the money. The other MAX lines have proven successful; ridership proves that people will use the lines. It's a good investment," KCATA'S Chief Engineer Richard Jarrold said.

Voters will decide about expanding its bus and new streetcar lines in August and possibly again in November.

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