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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

Regular Transit Service On Presidents Day
February 10, 2016

KCATA Customer Service Lobby Closed

Bus service throughout the Kansas City area will operate regular weekday service on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 15. This includes service in Kansas City, Mo., as well as bus service in Johnson County, Wyandotte County and Independence.

The Regional Call Center will be taking calls from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Share-A-Fare will be scheduling trips from 7 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.  However, the Customer Service Lobby and administrative offices will be closed in observance of the holiday.

For route information, 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

Downtown JCT Bus Stop Moved From 20th Street
February 9, 2016

A bus stop serving five Johnson County bus routes in downtown Kansas City will be permanently moved to 19th Street from 20th Street, effective immediately.

The new location, just west of Main Street on 19th Street, will be served by Johnson County routes 661-Olathe Xpress, 670-Gardner/OP Xpress, 672-JoCo/Downtown Midday, 673-South OP Xpress and 678-Shawnee Xpress.

The stop was relocated to 19th Street several months ago to accommodate nearby road construction. The new location will be permanent because 19th Street is safer for the turn that that buses make.

New maps reflecting the move to 19th Street will be posted at RideKC.org on Feb. 17.

For route and schedule information, 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. 

667 Moves Service From Roe Lane to Roe Avenue
January 22, 2016

Starting Monday, Feb. 1, the 667-Nall/Downtown service in Johnson County will serve new bus stops on Roe Avenue in Roeland Park.

The 667 route will be moved from Roe Lane to Roe Avenue. The current service operates along Roe Lane from 48th Street to 50th Terrace. The new route follows nearby Roe Avenue from 48th Street to 50th Terrace and buses will serve the same stops as the 107-7th Street/Parallel route. The 107 recently was extended south from the University of Kansas Medical Center to the Mission Transit Center. 

A new schedule will be posted online the week of Feb. 1. However, new schedules will be printed later in February.

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

See a map at RideKC.org.

Martin Luther King Day service
January 11, 2016

Regional Transit Service Schedule For Martin Luther King Jr. Day 

Johnson County buses will run on reduced schedules in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 18. Details are available online.

The Metro and MAX will operate regular weekday service on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 18. Buses in Wyandotte County and Independence also will operate regular weekday service.

The Regional Call Center will take calls from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Share-A-Fare will be scheduling trips from 7 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Share-A-Fare service will be provided on Jan. 18.

Administrative offices will be closed in observance of the holiday.

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

Johnson County Lowers Bus Fares To Match Kansas City Region
January 1, 2016

Johnson County bus riders will get a break on the price of riding a bus when Johnson County lowers it fares by a third starting Monday, Jan. 4.

Johnson County is lowering bus fares to $1.50 a trip from $2.25 on 10 local routes. Five express routes will keep their current fares. The lowered fare for local service is part of an effort to create a simple fare structure for the entire Kansas City region that’s easy to understand, regardless of where riders live or where they’re traveling. It’s part of a regional push to create a seamless transit network that’s easy and seamless to use.

The $3 Day Pass that’s accepted on five local Johnson County routes will be expanded to include all 10 local routes. The $3 Day Pass, currently available for purchase on Kansas City and Independence buses, will be available for purchase on Johnson County local buses and will be good throughout the Kansas City region. Also, the $50, 31-day unlimited pass now good in Kansas City, Missouri and Wyandotte County will now be accepted on local Johnson County bus routes.

Here is a list of the routes in Johnson County where the fares will be reduced to $1.50. These same routes will accept the $3 day pass and the $50 31-day pass as well:

546-KCK/Johnson/Quivira
556-Metalf/Plaza
575-75th Street/Quivira
660-Antioch/Downtown
664-Metcalf/Downtown
667-Nall/Downtown
672-JoCo/Downtown Midday
812-Jo Flex
856-Metcalf/Plaza Flex
875-Flex-75th Street/Quivira Flex

The reduced fares do not extend to all Johnson County routes. Fares will not change for the 710-K-10 Connector service between Johnson County and Lawrence, and these express routes: 661-Olathe Express, 670-Gardner/Overland Park Express, 673-South OP Express and 678-Shawnee Express. Those routes run from Johnson County into downtown Kansas City with limited stops. For information on all Johnson County routes and others across the Kansas City area please go to 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. 

Select Downtown Bus Stops Being Removed
December 10, 2015

Affects Johnson County Transit and KCATA Service  

DETAILS AT THIS LINK: http://ridekc.org/bulletins/select-downtown-bus-stops-being-removed 

Starting Sunday, Jan. 3, about 65 bus stops will be removed from downtown Kansas City as part of an overall effort to enhance road safety and improve transit service. A plan reducing the width of Grand Boulevard to improve safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and cars requires new striping and means some downtown bus stops will be eliminated. The new striping will establish lanes for bicyclists along Grand. Other bus stops will be removed because of a plan to concentrate bus service in several major downtown corridors and improve spacing between the stops.

Many stops that will be removed are now located on Grand Boulevard; other stops include some on Main, Oak, Baltimore, Locust, 10th Street and 11th Street.

Riders who use the following routes will be affected:

  • 660-Antioch/Downtown
  • 661-Olathe Express
  • 664-Metcalf/Downtown
  • 670-Gardner/OP Express
  • 672-JoCo Downtown Midday
  • 673-South OP Express
  • 678-Shawnee Express

Many stops will remain in place on Grand Boulevard as bus stops are clustered there so service is easier to find.

Additionally, the eastbound stops at 10th & Central and 10th & Walnut will remain. 

Our Regional Call Center is open Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 816-221-0660 for trip planning and to answer other questions about transit service. 

DETAILS AT THIS LINK: http://ridekc.org/bulletins/select-downtown-bus-stops-being-removed 

710 Reroutes for KU Games
November 30, 2015

K-10 Connector Rerouted for KU Basketball Home Games

The 710-K-10 Connector will be rerouted away from the University of Kansas campus at Irving Hill and Naismith during night men’s basketball games this season.

On game nights, the K-10 Connector – operating between Johnson County and Lawrence – will serve only the park-and-ride lot on the west side of the KU campus at 23rd Street & Iowa. The K-10 Connector will stop service to Irving Hill & Naismith 90 minutes before game time. The dates and times of the games affecting K-10 Connector service are:

  • 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 1
  • 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 9
  • 8 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 29
  • 8 p.m., Monday, Jan. 4
  • 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 3
  • 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 9
  • 8 p.m., Monday, Feb. 15

On game nights, K-10 Connector riders can use the University of Kansas shuttle to get from the park-and-ride lot at Irving Hill & Naismith to the parking lot at 23rd & Iowa. Another alternative for catching the K-10 Connector on the west side of Lawrence is to wave down a bus at the T bus shelter in front of the Dillons at 23rd Street & Naismith.

For route information, 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

Update
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.

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