To begin, better connections equal better access to basic health needs. Doctors, hospitals, clinics and pharmacies are all easier to access, helping improve the overall health of our city.
With better access to transportation also comes better access to employment. Getting to interviews, job sites and education improves, leading to major improvements to the KC economy and to our overall quality of life.
Finally, ZeroFare KC improves the ability of our citizens to access food. This vital link to markets, restaurants, food banks and more is crucial to the overall health of our city.
Removing fares will remove the cause of over 90% of the disputes we face – disputes over fares. In addition, with ZeroFare comes a new policy that no longer permits continuous riding, also aimed at improving safety for all passengers.
Without time spent searching pockets and purses for bus fares or bus passes means faster boarding, which, in turn, will result in improved on-time performance and customer satisfaction. And, since the current system has capacity for up to a 50% ridership increase, more people will be able to ride.
On a purely financial front, ZeroFare KC will save the transit system over $750,000 in administration costs associated with fee collection.
started in 2019
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for high schools, started in 2018
for furloughed government workers in 2018
for Safety-Net Providers, started in 2019
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.
These are the top four categories of spending with the size of the impact.