Johnson County Government and the city of Overland Park have agreed to a pilot microtransit program focused on downtown Overland Park and the city’s popular Saturday Farmers Market. The Board of County Commissioners authorized the pilot Thursday morning. The city of Overland Park authorized the pilot earlier in the week.
Utilizing the app-driven, on-demand microtransit service that Johnson County introduced earlier in the year, the city will subsidize trips to and from downtown Overland Park on each Saturday of the month for the remainder of 2019, beginning in July. The name of the app is Microtransit, provided by TransLoc. It’s available for download at this link. The fare for the RideKC microtransit pilot is $1.50 for every one-way trip.
“Overland Park’s willingness to support the microtransit pilot program is a win-win partnership,” said Johnson County Commission Chairman Ed Eilert. “It provides a downtown Overland Park transit option for local residents and allows the county to further study demands for public transportation and determine future needs in our transit system.”
As part of the pilot, the eastern border of the existing microtransit service area in Johnson County will be extended from the current boundary of Metcalf Avenue east to State Line Road on Saturdays only. Service hours on Saturdays will match the Monday-Friday service, which is 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
"RideKC's micro transit service is an innovative approach to bringing more residents to Downtown Overland Park and the Farmers' Market,” said Overland Park Ward 2 Councilmember Curt Skoog. “We are looking forward to the expanded service and seeing if it adds value for our residents and the Market."
Johnson County Government contracts with the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority to provide regional transit services.