Kansas City Free Bus Rides Cont'd As Activists Demand Zero Fare FOREVER

With the help of KICK-ASS TKC TIPSTERS we offered the preview FIRST this morning and here's the follow-up to our blog community reporting . . . Protesters and matching t-shirts won the day and prevented any move toward economic sustainability by the KCATA this afternoon.

Check the basics . . .

"Frank White III, president and CEO of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, had asked the KCATA board of commissioners for permission to begin studying what it would take to reinstall a fare collection system and what to charge riders, along with a public relations effort to see what the public and the agency’s local funding partners thought of the idea.

"Under that plan, fares might return in 2025 . . .

"After the board listened to comments from 10 people who support continuation of the four-year-old no-fare policy and heard a KCATA consultant discuss the impact that renewing fare would have on the KCATA’s finances, it was unclear even to board members what comes next."

Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com link . . .

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