(Kansas City, Mo. – Oct. 20, 2015) – Kansas City Councilman Jermaine Reed on Wednesday morning will lead a group of stakeholders on a tour of Prospect Avenue, looking at how a proposed bus rapid transit line might spur development in the area.
Reed, along with the Prospect MAX Advisory Committee, will visit the Prospect corridor where Kansas City’s third bus rapid transit line is planned. They will examine areas where transit could foster development as well as potential sites for new bus rapid transit stations along the proposed route.
The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority is partnering with Kansas City to pursue federal money for the Prospect Avenue transit project, which will feature faster bus service with sleek shelters and iconic markers that provide real-time arrival information. The proposed rapid bus line will extend nine miles along Prospect from about 75th Street into downtown Kansas City. Similar service is available on Troost Avenue and Main Street.
Reed and officials from the KCATA have traveled to Washington to discuss the Prospect transit project with officials from the Federal Transit Administration. The project is already in the pipeline for federal funding although it’s not guaranteed.
Reed and the committee will leave from the KCATA’s offices at 1200 E. 18th Street at 10:30 a.m. to start their tour of the corridor. Only the media are invited on the tour. The advisory committee of Prospect Avenue stakeholders, which Reed chairs, will meet at noon.
The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority is dedicated to connecting people to opportunities throughout the Greater Kansas City metropolitan region. Created in 1965 through special state legislative action in both Missouri and Kansas, the KCATA today operates a fleet of more than 270 Metro buses providing more than 54,000 customer trips per weekday.