More connections. More opportunities. More freedom.
A world-class city is one that strives for excellence, provides better opportunities for its citizens, and affords people the freedom to make better lives for themselves.
That’s why ZeroFare KC is so important. This groundbreaking initiative designed to provide zero fare transit service to the metro area was unanimously supported by Mayor Quinton Lucas and the city council and bolsters Kansas City’s reputation as truly world-class.
“As part of our commitment to inclusive prosperity, the KC Chamber has voted to endorse the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority’s Zero-Fare Initiative concept and will continue to work with KCATA, MARC and other transportation partners to develop a regional funding strategy to enhance transportation infrastructure and transit access in the region.”
It’s just $1.50, after all, right? Well, not to a single parent of two who relies on bus travel to get their kids to and from school and themselves to and from work. To them, that's almost $2,100 a year. Every year. Money that can now be used for better food, or a second pair of shoes, medicine, or any number of things that put money right back into the KC economy.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City have always been committed to the overall health of Kansas City. And we are both proud and excited to announce our partnership with them.
They, like us, understand the role public transportation can play not only in the physical health, but the overall health of Kansas City. From better access to health care via zero fare public transportation, to better quality of life overall, thanks to the elimination of public transportation from already stretched family budgets.
“Blue KC holds a position as a major player in our healthcare community and we have a responsibility to help provide affordable access to healthcare in the communities we serve - transportation creates access to healthcare, education, food, and employment. This is foundational to the health and wellbeing of our city”
A study by the Center for Economic Information in the University of Missouri Kansas City’s department of economics states the regional economic impact will increase between $13MM and $17.9MM as a result of ZeroFare KC.
These figures take into account the real-world impact ZeroFare KC will have on the economic livelihood of transit customers, as well as the increased number of people incentivized by zero fare to use bus service.
Public transit is a connecting thread that ties our region together. Connecting people to jobs, schools, shops and one another. To make those connections more possible for the many, we’re relying on the support of the few. We're counting on those civic-minded corporations who share our vision for a city and region that brings out the best in its people by caring for them in the best possible ways.