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Old 01-29-2012, 05:45 PM
 
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How is the the public transportation system in Kansas City, Missouri? I'm looking into graduate school at UMKC or Rockhurst, preferably UMKC.
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Old 01-29-2012, 06:19 PM
 
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Only bus... there is OK coverage but low frequency on most lines (except MAX lines). The MAX bus lines run often and two lines go by each side of UMKC. For UMKC, it's passable if sticking with the city core - and they now have ZipCar hourly rentals to get to burbs. For airport, bus is not convenient but possible, Super Shuttle is otherwise cheapest. Cabs are a plenty in the city core - KC has an unusually high number of cabs for its size.

Downtown is also getting automated bike rental with 20 stations by June, which will hopefully spread to midtown to UMKC soon after. If I understand right, the UMKC Zipcar location may get a bikeshare station when downtown is kicked off.

MAX Orange line...
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1238514/pics/bus/maxmwk.gif

See Home Page | KCATA for all bus lines.


Edit: Your UMSL name sounds like STL. If so, MAX Orange Line will take you from UMKC to both Amtrak and Megabus stops (both downtown) to STL. If you don't live on campus and won't have a car long term, probably best to live anywhere along the MAX Orange line - the Plaza Library area would be my first pick if attending UMKC. See Plaza Library stop on MAX Orange line map above.

Also see...
http://bikesharekc.com/
http://www.zipcar.com/umkc/

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Old 02-02-2012, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Tower Grove East, St. Louis, MO
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Not amazing, but totally usable. Their bus tracker works well and is a life saver when the weather is cold and you don't want to head out until the last moment. Cabs, and now ZipCar, will help make up for any coverage gaps you run into.
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Old 02-06-2012, 10:21 AM
 
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Yeah, the live bus tracker is pretty nice..

WebWatch | Maps and Schedules | KCATA

They also list smartphone apps to track buses..

App Center | Maps and Schedules | KCATA
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Old 02-16-2012, 08:24 AM
 
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BTW, apparently all buses are free with a UMKC student ID. I wonder when that started.

Kansas City Area Transportation Authority reports jump in bus ridership - Kansas City Business Journal

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Increasing fuel prices in the spring and summer increased ridership along with the implementation of the UMKC pass program, which allowed students to ride Metro and MAX buses with their valid UMKC student ID.
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Old 02-16-2012, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Tower Grove East, St. Louis, MO
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^That's a really nice benefit -- I mean passes are $50/month -- chump change compared to what a lot of folks spend on gas, but still nothing to scoff at as a broke college student either!
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Old 02-20-2012, 02:48 PM
 
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I just got back from LA and rode the bus around the city for a week. The LA Metro is suffering from cutbacks - was surprised some bus lines ran only ever 45 minutes. A key route (222) to get from Burbank to Hollywood (along 101) was cut back to 45 minute runs. I thought KC had some poor frequency on some routes but that's pretty bad for such a key route as it's only reasonable way to get between the hills from there. KC's core city routes are really not that bad in comparison. However LA overall has various modes. It just depends on the route.

Took Super Shuttle home from KCI and was sitting next to a college girl from LA interviewing with UMKC. She was pleased to hear about free bus pass for UMKC students.
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