Main, Troost, Broadway bus services expanded to compliment streetcar

As streetcar service starts downtown, bus service from Midtown is scheduled to expand on the Main Street MAX, Troost MAX and the 47-Broadway routes.

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority says it has gotten additional requests for service as the streetcar launch nears, so it has expanded its late-night bus service to end at 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, the same time streetcar runs will stop.

“This is a golden opportunity to make bus service more convenient than ever before,” said Robbie Makinen, chief executive officer and president of the KCATA.

troost maxThe expanded service will add 4-5 trips a day on each route. The expanded service is set to begin May 13, a week after streetcar service begins.

The KCATA says expanded night service will improve access to jobs in the downtown area, the Westport entertainment district, Hospital Hill, the Crossroads area and the Country Club Plaza. It also will offer enhanced transit connections for out-of-town visitors and help riders easily transfer between buses and the streetcar.

“Our new service will help people get to work at odd hours when transportation can be hard to find. Plus, it will provide new ways of reaching entertainment hot spots at convenient times without the hassle of driving.” Makinen said.


The last Main Street MAX bus currently leaves downtown at 11:37 p.m. on Friday and 12:06 a.m. on Saturday. The last Troost MAX bus now leaves downtown at 11:42 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. The last Broadway bus leaves downtown at about 10:15 on Friday and Saturday nights. 47-Broadway Late Night will be shortened during the expanded late-night hours. The Broadway Late Night route will end at 47th Street. Late night service on Troost MAX travels to Troost & 75th Street. The Main Street MAX route travels to 75th & Wornall in Waldo.


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