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FTA celebrates opening of the Mission Transit Center

FTA celebrates opening of the Mission Transit Center

TIGER-funded project improves transit service for Kansas City area riders

Photo of Downtown-bound bus at Mission Transit Center

Earlier this week, the Federal Transit Administration celebrated the opening of the new Mission Transit Center that will significantly enhance Johnson County Transit service--known as The JO--and connect thousands of daily riders to jobs and other destinations in the Kansas City region. DOT helped fund the project as one part of a $50 million TIGER grant to revitalize key neighborhoods in Kansas City’s urban area and improve access to jobs throughout the region.

For Fast Lane readers, we've got a 2011 video from before construction by the Kansas City area's Mid-America Regional Council showing MARC's plans for the center. Compare the plans to images of the newly opened center--we think they did a pretty nice job!

The center is a new transportation hub that unites six bus routes serving riders in Mission and Overland Park, including Johnson County Transit’s newly launched JO Connex bus service. The new center features electronic displays with real-time bus route information and covered outdoor seating for a more comfortable rider experience.

Photo of a bus in front of a weather-protected stop at the Mission Transit Center

Did we mention, Johnson County Transit broke ground on the center on July 18, 2012? That's less than a year from the first shovel to the first customer!

Congratulations to The Jo and MARC--improving access to opportunity for hard-working families is exactly what DOT's TIGER is meant to do.

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