Buses on Broadway and Troost will run longer on Friday and Saturday nights, part of an effort by the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) to get people to and from work and entertainment venues.
“Our new service will help people get to work at odd hours when transportation can be hard to find,” Robbie Makinen, chief executive officer and president of the KCATA, said. “Plus, it will provide new ways of reaching entertainment hot spots at convenient times without the hassle of driving.”
The new schedule, which began July 8, extends service on the Troost MAX and 47-Broadway routes until 2 a.m., adding several trips each day. It is intended to provide greater access to downtown and Hospital Hill jobs, as well as Westport, the Crossroads and the Plaza.
The KCATA also hopes the new schedule will make it easier for both out-of-town visitors and local riders to transfer between buses and the streetcar. The streetcar operates until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
The KCATA says Main Street MAX also added Friday and Saturday late night service in May.
- The Troost MAX will now start its last trip from downtown at 1:42 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. The last trip to downtown will begin from 75th & Troost at just before 1:30 a.m. on Fridays, and just before 1 a.m. on Saturdays. Late night service on Troost MAX travels to Troost & 75th Street.
- The last Broadway bus leaves downtown at about 1:38 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. The last trip to downtown from JC Nichols & 47th will begin at 2:00 a.m. on Friday and 1:20 a.m. on Saturday. The 47-Broadway Late Night route will be shortened during the expanded late-night hours. The Broadway Late Night route will travel between 47th Street and Union Station. It will not travel east of the Plaza or north of Pershing in downtown.
- The Main St. MAX also connects to the streetcar at Union Station. It does not travel north of Union Station; riders can reach Crossroads, downtown and River Market on the streetcar. The Main Street MAX route travels to 75th & Wornall in Waldo. Southbound late night trips on 47-Broadway and Main St. MAX board the northbound Union Station stop.