ATA seeks ideas on expanded service in Johnson County

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority is taking a new look at Johnson County. The county’s 2016 budget has built in money to expand bus service in the area, and it’s looking for suggestions on how exactly to spend it.

It had a slow start with its first public meeting, held at Johnson County Community College, drawing only five people.

Jeff Sullivan, an Overland Park resident who uses KCATA buses to commute to his job downtown at DST Systems, was one of the people there.

“I think they can do some things if they really want to increase ridership and serve more people,” said Sullivan, who has been a regular rider for about 13 years.

He’s critical of the current routes and said they don’t serve the population of western Olathe well and that the people who use many bus stops, like the one at 137th Street and Antioch Road, have to drive to get there.

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