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New bus line along Prospect Avenue aims to connect riders through technology

Posted: 9:48 PM, Apr 03, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-03 23:17:49-04
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A new, high-tech rapid bus system that promises faster service and real-time information is moving forward along Prospect Avenue in Kansas City.

The Prospect MAX bus service will have more than two dozen environmentally friendly buses that will run more frequently.

Part of the project also includes interactive kiosks with real-time arrival information, public WiFi and ways for riders to connect with social services such as shelters or food pantries. Riders will also be able to view community events and look through possible job openings.

"The more we can make this whole city from a transit perspective interactive and allow people access and options, the better off we are going to be," said Robbie Makinen, CEO of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority.

Makinen hopes the new bus line and accompanying technology will help economic growth along Prospect Avenue, as well as improve safety.

"We need to be part of the solution, not just putting an animate object going up and down this street, because at the end of the day it's about people," he said.

The first kiosks will be installed in the next two weeks.

The project is estimated to cost $54 million, with $30 million to come from a federal grant. It is scheduled to be finished by the end of 2019.