RideKC Celebrates First New Route in Kansas City, Kansas

1/9/2019 12:00:00 AM

118 18th Street Route

RideKC held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Fast Fred’s Supermarket to celebrate the first new transit service operated by the Unified Government (UG) of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kan., in over 10 years.
 
The new 118 18th Street route started Jan. 2, 2019 and is the first all-day route from Kansas City, Kan., to Johnson County, Kan. It gets passengers from Quindaro Blvd. to 51st Street in Roeland Park in under 25 minutes. The bus runs hourly, every weekday from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
 
“I want to thank you for breaking through the isolation that has for too long enveloped our community,” said Mayor/CEO of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas, David Alvey. “RideKC is all about breaking through isolation. Isolation that is brought about by so many factors; by distance, by age, buy varying abilities, by lack of job opportunities, by lack of access to education. We are grateful for this new route and for all the ways in which it will bring people and neighborhoods together.”
 
UG Commissioners Harold L. Johnson, Jr. and Melissa Bynum provided remarks along with KCATA CEO, Robbie Makinen.
 
“This historic new route is the result of a strong RideKC partnership committed to connecting people to opportunities,” said Makinen. “For the first time in over a decade, thousands of people along the route will now have fast, frequent and efficient access to jobs.” 
 
The new route will impact over 14,000 people who live within a quarter-mile of the route and will be a transit option for over 5,000 thousand jobs located within a quarter-mile of the route.
 
The ribbon cutting was held on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, at 10 a.m. in front of Fast Fred's Market located at 1806 N. 18th Street. A "How to Ride" information session was held following the ribbon cutting ceremony at Wilson's Pizza and Grill located at 1801 Quindaro Blvd.