The City of Independence currently contracts with the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) to provide fixed route service between the Transit Center and downtown Kansas City as well as the required complementary paratransit within the City limits of Independence and between Independence and Kansas City and intra-city senior transit services. Additionally, KCATA will continue to 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 current contract expires June 30, 2019. The annual cost to operate the same level of service for 2019-2020 is projected to be approximately 3% (or approximately $30,000) higher than budgeted amounts.
In order to continue those transit services and align transit costs with budgeted amounts, a 6-month contract has been prepared. This contract will continue those transit services through December 31, 2019 but will eliminate one (1) trip in/out to the 16 route resulting in a savings of approximately $11,000 for the year. This route operates 4 morning and 4 afternoon trips between Susquehanna and downtown Kansas City. The trip selected to be eliminated has the lowest ridership.
Over the next couple months KCATA and the City will be working on solutions to adjust service to meet budget needs; a 6-month contract covering January through June 2020 would be brought forward at that time for consideration.
The 6-month contract amount is $446,884. Funds haves been budgeted to cover the amount of the contract.