Johnson County drivers: Will this convince you to ride the bus?

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — An upgrade to mass transit in Johnson County is meant to encourage more drivers to ride the bus.

The upgrades include 15 new bus shelters along the Metcalf-Shawnee Mission Parkway route which will take people from southern Overland park through Mission to UMKC< the Plaza or downtown.

It is all paid for with federal funds. The Federal Transit Administration gave the Kansas City area 50-million dollars to improve the overall transit system here.

Ten-point-seven million of those dollars went to this project.

“We haven’t traditionally had a lot of transit infrastructure.  A lot of our stops might be a simple sign in the grass or it might not have a sign at all,” said Shawn Strate, Johnson County Transit Planner.  “Now we’ll be able to have these enhanced stops where people will be comfortable waiting for the bus. They’ll know where to wait for the bus, and have route information at their fingertips.”

Besides the new terminal and bus shelters, the money also paid for new digital billboards at every shelter, letting bus riders know how long they’ll have to wait until the bus arrives.
And the buses now have the ability to get a red light on their route to turn green so it can get to the stops on time, making the bus riding experience that much better in Johnson County.

For more information on routes, go to the Johnson County website by clicking here.

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