The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) will add more direct routes and expand service for more popular routes, such as the Main Street MAX, starting July 1.
KCATA is responding to a rise in public transit ridership to the tune of 14 percent in the first three months of the year, following a national trends as travelers seek to avoid the high price of gasoline.
The American Public Transportation Associationreleased a report on Monday citing 2.7 billion passenger trips nationwide on public buses, trains and other public transportation modes during the first quarter. This represents a five percent rise from the same period one year ago.
Adults of Generation Y – born after the mid 1970s – often prefer riding the bus to driving a car, prompting a new migration back to the city core.