Beginning Monday, Sept. 14, microtransit – an on-demand, shared-ride transportation service – will be available to more residents in Johnson County. The microtransit service area will be expanded to include important new destinations, including the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, the new Johnson County Courthouse, and Merriam Town Center.
The new service area expands the current northern border all the way to the Wyandotte County line along Shawnee Mission Parkway and grows the southwest corner of the service area to include downtown Olathe.
“This expansion of our popular microtransit service will mean better access to important existing services offered by Johnson County, as well as additional transfer locations to our fixed route system,” said Josh Powers, business liaison for the county. “By increasing the reach of the microtransit pilot program, we will continue to study how to deliver efficient mobility service through a balanced, regionally coordinated transit system.”
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, microtransit currently limits vehicles to a maximum of two riders at a time to allow for physical distancing, and masks or face coverings are required to ride.
For a map of the service area and details on how to ride, please visit ridekc.org/bulletins/499-micro-transit-increases-service-area.