UG Transportation Launches New Edwardsville-Legends Microtransit Zone!

Published on November 16, 2023

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New Northeast/Fairfax Microtransit Zone Route Will Launch Soon!

Edwardsville and Bonner Springs residents now have daily access to a new UG public transportation option to get to The Legends as well as make connections to the Metro-area RideKC system!

On Tuesday, November 14, 2023, the Unified Government's Transportation Department launched its new Southwest Edwardsville to Legends Microtransit Zone service. This service is an on-demand shared ride transit service that operates in a specific radius and includes fixed route access. Microtransit service allows passengers to request and pay for rides through the IRIS Mobile App (for Android and iOS,) the IRIS Booking Website or through our UGT Dispatch Center at 913-573-8351.

What is IRIS?  

IRIS is an app-driven premium service. The service utilizes an on-demand dynamic routing model, which picks up and drops off riders in locations within one-quarter mile of their request. The service gets residents within a quarter mile of their destination for a minimal fee within a defined zone. Each service zone has a designated transit transfer hub. 

The IRIS Mobile app replaces the existing Transloc app used for Microtransit. We highly encourage existing Transloc users to download the IRIS Mobile App to continue enjoying microtransit services!

Why is the Unified Government Transportation Department Using IRIS?

This service provides expanded connectivity for residents to fill gaps where a bus stop or other transportation service may not be as accessible. In addition, the service can connect residents to regional IRIS zones, transferring to other counties. For more information: IRIS: On-Demand Microtransit

How will the Edwardsville-Legends Microtransit Zone Route Work? 

The Unified Government Transportation Department will partner with z-Trip to provide the new microtransit zone with IRIS:

Service Hours: 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Sunday - Saturday

Service Area: Woodend Road on the south, South 4th Street on the west, South 88th Street on the east, extended to North 110th Street on the north. The zone provides employment access from Industrial Part to The Legends, highlighting key destinations such as Edwardsville City Hall, Urban Outfitters, INX International Ink, Medart, Monarchs and multiple other businesses. The zone is connected to the RideKC 101 State Avenue bus stop by Legends Walmart.

Click here to view the Southwest Edwardsville Microtransit Zone service map.

Fare: $3.00 per person, per ride. paid within the zone, using the Iris Mobile App for Android and iOS, the IRIS Booking Website, or call the UGT dispatch center at 913-573-8351, Monday through Friday, or 913-469-8747, Saturdays and Sundays.

NOTE: Urban Outfitters employees ride FREE with PROOF of employment - Badge required!

*Dispatchers cannot take credit card information. If passengers do not pay via the app, passengers can pay cash. Drivers do not carry cash and will not provide change.

What's Next?

Our UG Transportation Department is currently enhancing and expanding the UG Microtransit program. In the near future, a second Microtransit route, in coordination with z-Trip, will open for the Northwest/Fairfax Zone! A final service map is being compiled, however the tentative zone boundaries include Fairfax to the north, I-70 to the south, North 43rd Street to the west to the Kansas River on the east, with a connection to the 7th Street Transit Center in Downtown KCK.

Stay tuned for updates when the Northwest/Fairfax expanded service goes live!

Currently, the Unified Government Transportation Department operates the KCK Midtown (199) Zone with IRIS.

Service Area: Parallel Parkway on the north, 78th Street on the west, the Kansas River and Metropolitan Avenue on the south and 42nd Street and I-635 on the east. The service area also connects passengers to the 47th Street Transit Center (Indian Springs) and the Merriam Town Center Transit Hub in Johnson County.

Click here to view the current KCK Midtown Zone map on Google Maps.

Service Hours: 5:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., Monday – Friday

Fare: $3.00 per person, per ride, paid within zone, using the Iris Mobile App for Android and iOS, the IRIS Booking Website, or call the UGT dispatch center at 913-573-8351.

About UG Transportation

The Unified Government Transportation (UGT) offers multimodal transit services such as fixed routes, microtransit services, paratransit, and home-delivered meals for the Meals on Wheels (MOW) Area Agency on Aging program. We operate under the RideKC regional brand as we collaborate and contract with the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) for additional services and coordinate with other regional transit providers to make the transit experience user-friendly for everyone.

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