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Independence Announces New Bus Service
April 1, 2010

Beginning Tuesday, July 6, the City of Independence will offer enhanced bus service to provide more options for riders to access medical resources.

Operating from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays the service is the first to intersect with existing fixed routes at points other than the Transit Center, providing more options to riders.

"This new route is significant because it responds to a number of transit access needs, while also fulfilling a commitment to enhance service to Centerpoint Medical Center," City Manager Robert Heacock said.

The new route will start at the Transit Center, travel east to Lee’s Summit Road and then south on Lee’s Summit Road to the Midwest Genealogy Library. From there it will travel west on 35th Street to Noland Road, where it intersects with the Purple Route (#284), which runs north and south primarily along Noland Road, and has stops at 35th and 39th Streets. Returning east along 39th Street to Lee’s Summit Road, the special service will then proceed south where it will stop at the Social Security Administration (SSA) office located at 4240 S. Lee’s Summit Rd.

This will be the first time since the opening of the SSA office in Independence that public transit will be provided to that location. The last stop on the route will be at Centerpoint Medical Center, where it will intersect with the Green Route (#183) which runs north and south primarily along Missouri 291. The bus will reverse back to the transit center with a total round trip time of 1 ½ hours. Bus schedules will be available in June.

Bus fare will be equivalent to other routes; passengers will be able to use all KCATA passes and discounts on the route. The vehicle for the special service will be a 12-passenger minibus with two positions for wheelchairs. This is an increase over other 12-passenger vehicles which generally provide for only one wheelchair position.

The estimated $96,200 annual cost of the route is provided through the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Agreement with HCA. The TIF Plan called for funding to be allocated to provide transportation services to/from the redevelopment area at the new Centerpoint Medical Center facility.

This new service fulfills the intentions of the TIF Plan and provides enhanced services to residents. No City General Fund dollars are being used to pay for new route.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Clark, Community Development Director, at (816) 325-7109 or jclark@indepmo.org.

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