Another step forward for Prospect MAX

max busThe Prospect MAX – a much-requested transit improvement in the urban core – has taken another step forward.

President Barack Obama’s administration is recommending $29.9 million for a new bus rapid transit line on Prospect Avenue, the region’s second busiest transit corridor, according to the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA).

The city has been planning for the enhanced bus service, which would need funds from the federal government, the city and the KCATA. The federal dollars recommended by the president would be the largest source of money for the $54 million project. The president’s recommendation still needs to be approved by Congress.

Councilman Jermaine Reed, who chaired the Prospect MAX advisory committee, said a new bus rapid transit line will prove to be a transformative moment for Prospect Avenue.

“Millions of dollars of investment is occurring in the Prospect corridor,” Reed said in a news release. “Improved public transportation will both catalyze and capitalize on the area’s revitalization. New bus service will be a defining moment for this important part of Kansas City.”

The KCATA said U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver and the Missouri congressional delegation, Kansas City Mayor Sly James and  Councilman Reed have been instrumental in moving the project forward.

The bus service already has rapid transit lines on Troost Avenue and Main Street which are popular with riders.

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