Redefining Max: Kansas City May Be a Tough Town for Transit

This article discusses challenges and successes for Kansas City, Missouri’s, Metro system including the Metro Area Expansion (MAX) light-rail transit (LRT) system. Kansas City’s low population density and sprawling suburban space present the greatest challenge to public transportation, although the city’s dual political status between Missouri and Kansas also presents complications. However, by focusing on commuter corridors, the Metro has expanded its ridership in some areas from 3,000 to 5,000 per day. Operators contribute some of their success to real-time information displayed at major stops that gives patrons information as to the timeliness of the next bus. One major hurdle with the new LRT system, however, was that the approval for the project was passed by voters, but without any fiduciary, engineering, or environmental impact studies being conducted beforehand. This could potentially cut much-needed services from the extant bus lines.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 8-10, 12, 14
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  • Accession Number: 01047151
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 18 2007 2:56PM