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Bus service from downtown to KCI? Think again…

Is there a conspiracy to prevent public transit service to KCI? It almost seems that way, and we're not just talking light rail. Tonight the KCATA is seeking public comment on changes to the only bus that makes that trek: #129. Proposed changes would neuter that weekday-only route at Barry Road and I-29 instead of continuing on to Terminal C as it does today. #129 would be replaced by two smaller routes requiring — we assume — multiple transfers from anywhere outside of the Northland.

And yes, we actually do use the #129.

Why a conspiracy? Parking. That regionally-derived revenue helps prop up our self-sufficient airport, which is normally a good thing to most taxpayers. The problem is that we'll be one of the only major cities in the country without any direct transit service between our airport and the city center.

NOTE: Tonight's meeting is transit accessible.

4 Comments so far

  1. enough August 26th, 2008 12:24 pm

    the ata’s proposal would apparently provide more service to the airport — 7 days a week and 18 hours a day — but at the expense of losing the single-seat ride.

    the regional transit alliance will attend the meeting and advocate continued single-seat service to the airport. the rta will also ask for another public meeting — the downtown library would be more convenient for most current and potential riders than st. luke’s northland hospital.

  2. Jon August 27th, 2008 12:24 am

    Bummer. The 129X is one of the few routes I’ve actually used in K.C.

  3. Nick August 27th, 2008 4:28 pm

    I believe Las Vegas has a similar dilemma - but there it is cab drivers who are vehemently against extending the monorail to the airport.

  4. Dave August 27th, 2008 4:35 pm

    …but at least las vegas has frequent daily bus service between mccarran and downtown.


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