The City of Independence currently contracts with the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) to provide transit management, inter-city bus (Routes 24 and 16) and inter and intra-city paratransit and senior transit services for Independence citizens. The current contract expires June 30, 2018. This contract will continue those transit services through June 2019. As part of this agreement, there are no changes to the routes, services provided or fares.
The City has a contract with First Transit to operate the local fixed route transit system, which provides transit service via the Green, Blue, Red, Orange, Yellow and Purple routes every hour for approximately 10-12 hours, Monday through Saturday. These routes are local transit routes that connect the Metro Center transit hub with outbound destinations in Independence as well as intersecting with various KCATA routes.
The KCATA contract provides fixed route service between the Transit Center and downtown Kansas City as well as the required complementary paratransit and senior transit services within the City limits of Independence and between Independence and Kansas City. Additionally, KCATA will provide transit management services including: monitoring First Transit’s compliance with FTA requirements, contractor performance, call center services, route information and trip planning to customers, and investigating and responding to customer complaints and inquiries.
The 12-month contract amount is $893,772. Funds haves been budgeted to cover the amount of the contract.