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Transit - The JO

Dispatch Phone: 913-715-8267

Scheduler Phone 913-362-3500

Call Center Phone: 816-221-0660

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Johnson County Transit provides public transportation services to much of Johnson County, downtown Kansas City, Mo., Kansas City, Kan., and other outlying areas. JCT's The JO operates weekday commuter services with most routes running during peak morning and afternoon times. Special Edition provides paratransit services to Johnson County seniors and disabled residents.  Our Mission: Enhancing our community’s growth and lifestyle through public transportation. 

Department News

Mayor's Christmas Tree: Crown Center Deviation
November 27, 2015

Due to the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting, Grand Ave will be closed in front of Crown Center on Friday after 3 p.m. This will result in a deviation of Johnson County Transit routes and the temporary relocation of two time points: 26th & Grand and the Crown Center MAX stops (in front of Crown Center shops). These two stops will be relocated to Union Station MAX stop (in front of Blue Cross/Blue Shield).

JCT buses will wait at these stops for their time points. In addition, this deviation may result in delays.

664-Metcalf-Downtown buses will wait at Washington Park for Crown Center timepoint. From 12th & Grand, 664 will go to Washington Square Park, wait there for the Crown Center timepoint, go right on Pershing to pick up at IRS, and resume the regular route.

661-Olathe Xpress, 670-Gardner-OP Xpress, 672-JoCo Downtown Midday, 673-South OP Xpress and 678-Shawnee Xpress buses will wait at Union Station for their timepoints. From 12th & Grand, buses will go south on Grand, west on Pershing, north on Main and wait for the Union Station timepoint, and resume the regular route.

For route information, call the Regional Call Center at (816) 221-0660 weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Thanksgiving Transit Service In Kansas City Area
November 16, 2015

Area transit providers will observe the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, Nov. 26.

Johnson County will not offer service on Thanksgiving. Special Edition/SWIFT paratransit will not provide trips, and dispatch and the administrative offices will also be closed. Johnson County, however, will offer reduced holiday schedules on Friday, Nov. 27. Check here for details.

The Metro and MAX will use Sunday/Holiday schedules on Thanksgiving. The Regional Call Center, administrative offices and Customer Service Lobby will be closed. The Share-A-Fare paratransit office will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and paratransit service will be provided in eligible areas. 

Regular weekday service will resume Friday, Nov. 27.

Unified Government Transit routes will not offer service on Thanksgiving. Unified Government Transit Dial-A-Ride paratransit will not provide trips, and dispatch and the administrative offices will also be closed.

Regular weekday service will resume Friday, Nov. 27.

IndeBus will not offer service on Thanksgiving. IndeAccess paratransit will not provide trips, and dispatch and the administrative offices will also be closed.
Regular weekday service will resume Friday, Nov. 27.
For IndeBus route information visit www.indebusmo.com or www.ridekc.org.

For route information about Metro, as well as Johnson County, Unified Government Transit or Independence contact the Regional Call Center at (816) 221-0660, weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. or visit us at www.ridekc.org

UPDATE – Concepts for Downtown Transit Service
November 10, 2015

Thank you to the riders who have sent us comments. The information that we distributed was only a conceptual proposal designed to receive feedback. We are now in the process of reviewing the comments and will not be making any changes to Johnson County routes in January 2016. The feedback is very useful and will be considered before any future concepts for downtown route changes are developed. Please be assured that if concepts for changing routes downtown are developed in the future,  that riders will again be invited to comment on these early in the planning process.

A plan for realigning Johnson County routes in downtown has been drafted. We are asking riders and the public for feedback. The plan’s goals are:

  • Make the downtown portion of the routes easier to understand for current and prospective riders.
  • Provide better connections to KCATA service along 12th Street and Grand Boulevard.
  • Maintain connections to upcoming KC Streetcar service on Main Street.
  • Create more evenly spaced schedules, with trips timed every 30 or 60 minutes during peak hours and coordinated to better match typical work start and end times.


Rebranded Johnson County Buses Hitting the Road
October 12, 2015

Starting Monday, Oct. 19, Johnson County will roll out a new color scheme and brand for its bus fleet, replacing the 16-year-old design featuring the capital letters “JO,” a play off the Kansas license plate sticker showing where a vehicle is registered.

Johnson County buses will now be painted blue with a streak of gray and feature the “RideKC” logo, a new regional brand for all buses in the Kansas City area. The rebranding initiative does not affect bus service or time schedules. Riders should confirm they are boarding the correct bus by watching the overhead sign above the windshield.

RideKC represents the vision for transit in the greater Kansas City area. It is one identity under which all transit services and information can be found. As transit agencies and providers, we are focusing on what unites us and how to best serve the public. The new RideKC initiative is intended to create one transit brand, regardless of where riders live in the Kansas City area. The same brand that’s used in Johnson County will be employed in Wyandotte County, Kansas City, and Independence.

The first freshly painted Johnson County RideKC bus will be put on the road Oct. 19, with more coming this year and next.

See a RideKC vehicle (local and express). 
See a "JO" branded vehicle.

For route information, call the Regional Call Center at (816) 221-0660 weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. or visit www.thejo.com.

Day Pass Good For Regional Travel on Local Routes
May 1, 2015

Beginning May 1, the Day Pass is accepted to travel on local routes on The JO, The Metro, Unified Government (UG) Transit and IndeBus.

The Day Pass costs $3 and is available on board Metro, MAX and IndeBus routes. When customers purchase the pass directly from a Metro or IndeBus farebox for $3 cash; the pass is good until midnight on the date purchased.

The Day Pass is valid on local JO service, which includes routes 556-Metcalf Plaza Connex, 575-75th Street-Quivira, 672-JoCo Downtown Midday, 856-Metcalf Plaza Connex Flex, and 875-75th Street-Quivira Flex. It is also valid for all UG Transit routes, all IndeBus routes and local service on The Metro and MAX. The Day Pass is not valid for commuter express routes on The JO or The Metro. Once the Day Pass has been purchased from Metro or IndeBus, simply swipe the pass in the reader on top of the farebox. On UG Transit, just show the bus operator the pass.

In April 2014, the four agencies agreed to accept The JO’s Standard Express Monthly Pass for universal pass acceptance.

For further information, contact the Regional Call Center at (816) 221-0660 weekdays 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. or visit www.kcata.org.

670 Reroutes for Construction on I-35
March 31, 2015

Starting Monday, April 6, The JO’s 670-Gardner OP Xpress will use K-7, K-10 and I-435 between the Great Mall and Oak Park Mall. The reroute will be in effect until construction is complete, which is expected to last through December 2015.

KDOT will be repaving I-35 from Santa Fe to 151st Street, and the construction will also include ramp closures at Santa Fe and Old 56 Highway.

Please refer to the revised 670 schedule. Scheduled times for several trips have changed. 

For route information, call the Regional Call Center at (816) 221-0660 weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Deviation for 10th & Main - KCMO
November 2, 2015

Due to Streetcar construction, the bus stop location at 10th & Main is not accessible - catch The JO on the NE corner of Main at 10th or go to 10th & Walnut to board.  Click here for full details.

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