If you want to get around Kansas City without a car, you need to learn the bus system. Kansas City does not have a light rail or subway system.
Finding your route
Fares and Bus Passes
The regular fare for a bus trip is $1.50. If you use the bus again within two hours, you don’t have to pay again for the second trip. You can buy an all day pass of $3.00 at any time and that will cover any trips that day. If you can’t pay with exact change, you get a change card. You can use the change on the card for future bus trips.
Senior citizens, young people between the ages of 12-18, and people with disabilities qualify for reduced fares, which are half the cost. Request an application by calling (816) 221-0660 or download one here: http://www.kcata.org/fares/reduced_fares/
Tips for New Bus Riders
Here are some general tips for riding the bus from kcata.org
- Plan ahead by referring to online schedules, using the online trip planner or by calling (816) 221-0660 before you head out.
- Arrive at the bus stop at least five minutes early.
- Look for Metro signs at the bus stop, Metro shelter, park-and-ride lot or transit center showing the route name and number.
- Catch the right bus by viewing the overhead sign on the front of the bus and a smaller sign in the bus’ lower right corner window.
- Have your fare or pass ready as the bus approaches.
- Wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before boarding and exiting.
- Safely move about the bus using safety rails and watching for anything that may cause you to slip.
- Observe interior signage for additional safety and courtesy tips.