Bridj micro-transit starts Monday; new details and map

Ride-KC-Bridj-Transit-side-viewWith the new micro-transit service Ride KC: Bridj set to start on Monday, a map of its service area and other keys details are available today. Bridj, a micro-transit system so far is available only in Boston, Washington D.C. and now Kansas City.

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) says the one-year pilot project is generating interesting across the country from other cities and transit agencies.

Bridj_Service_Area_2“Bridj will be an empowering tool that will offer one more option to make it easier for people to get around,” said Robbie Makinen, KCATA president and CEO. “KCATA is a place where bus, bike, streetcar and rapid transit come together to create a seamless and borderless transportation network that’s easy and friendly to use. Bridj will be a valuable addition to Kansas City’s mix of transportation options.”

Bridj calls its service “pop-up urban infrastructure.” The app-based service figures out where riders want to go and how to get them there most efficiently. Riders can use the app to request shuttle service and are notified of a pickup spot.

The service is only available within specific services areas including the University of Kansas Medical Center and other parts of Midtown as indicated by a map released today. Other areas of Kansas City eligible for Bridj service include Hospital Hill, Crown Center, and the Historic 18th and Vine Jazz district.

View a larger map of the service area.

Here are additional details about the service

  • The service will be available for morning and afternoon rush hour trips, from 6 to 10 a.m. and 3 to 7 p.m. CORRECTION: The service will be available for morning and afternoon rush hour trips, from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
  • The introductory fare for the pilot program will be only $1.50, the same as a fare for the local RideKC bus service. To sweeten the deal, Ride KC: Bridj offers the first 10 rides for free with the promo code KCBRIDJ.
  • Customers can download the app now from the Apple’s App Store or Google Play. Search for “Bridj” to find the app. Beginning Monday, the same ride-haling technology for Boston and DC will be available in Kansas City.
  • Ride KC: Bridj will feature free Wi-Fi, a guaranteed seat, no transfers and fewer stops along the way.

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