It's official. Johnson County Government will contract with the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) to provide administrative and management services for The JO transit service. The 2‐year Interlocal Cooperation Agreement for Transit Management and Administration Agreement - which will develop a more regional public transit system - was approved by the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners Thursday, Dec. 11 and by the KCATA Board of Commissioners at a special ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 17.
Approximately six months ago, the Johnson County Transportation Council (JCTC) and the Board of County Commissioners joined KCATA to discuss opportunities for greater integration of operations and management. A joint staff study group prepared a final report indicating a number of significant, positive outcomes in support of management consolidation including an approximate savings of $455,000 for Johnson County.
The major component of the savings are personnel costs, which result directly from KCATA utilizing existing staff, in addition to several new staffing functions.