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9/27/2019 12:00:00 AM

New Program to Offer Zero Fare

Village Initiative Joins Opportunity Pass Program

Village Initiative is partnering with Unified Government and KCATA to give zero fare transit to hundreds of ex-offenders through the Opportunity Pass program during a special announcement at 11 a.m. on Sept. 27, 2019, at 3004 N. 27th St. Kansas City, Kan. 66104. Village Initiative is the first Kansas non-profit to participate in the Opportunity Pass program.
 
The Opportunity Pass gives clients of non-profits a regional 90-day RideKC pass. The program launched on July 27, 2019, with 10 safety-net providers on the Missouri side.
 
“Here at RideKC we are not going to run away from the people who need us most, we are going to run toward them,” said KCATA CEO Robbie Makinen. “Village Initiative joining the Opportunity Pass pilot is another example of RideKC creating partnerships that not only impact our ridership, but also boost the local economy as we connect people to opportunities for jobs, healthcare and education.”        
 
Village Initiative offers wrap-around services for returning citizens in the Wyandotte County area. In 2018, Village Initiative served 566 individuals coming out of incarceration. The agency provides job training, fathering classes, a food pantry and drug and alcohol rehabilitation classes to prepare clients to re-enter society.
 
“For those who have been incarcerated, the journey to full participation in the life of their community has many roadblocks, and the offer of a transit pass removes a very high obstacle for these citizens,” said Unified Government Mayor David Alvey. “Our community will be improved by this gracious offer, and we are grateful to the Village Initiative and to the KCATA for making freedom of movement a reality, and not merely a promise.”
 
So far, 10,000 trips have been taken using the Opportunity Pass.
 
For media inquiries contact Petrina Parker at 816-946-0708 or at pparker@kcata.org.