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Let’s See How ZeroFare Adds Up.

When the wheels on the bus go ‘round and round' at no charge, everyone benefits. Let’s look at all the ways this program adds up to a better Kansas City.

Over 20% of Bus Ridership
is Currently Zero Fare

Prospect MAX

started in 2019

345,000

rides

Veterans Pass

started in 2017

2,600,000

rides

Student Pass

for high schools, started in 2018

82,000

rides

Free rides

for furloughed government workers in 2018

2,400

rides

Opportunity Pass

for Safety-Net Providers, started in 2019

83,000

rides

68% of Riders are Either Going to Work, Looking for Work or Going to School

The farebox generates approximately $8 million annually; that's less than 10% of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority's annual budget.


Replacing the $8 million would allow KCATA to provide Zero Fare Transit to Kansas City, MO., through public-private partnership funding and $11.5 million would provide Zero Fare Transit to the entire KC region.

Where will the money be spent if not in the farebox?

These are the top four categories of spending with the size of the impact.

Housing

$2,195,838

Medical

$716,913

Retail

$606,503

Insurance

$448,834