KCATA offers new app to make mobility easier for disabled citizens

Michael Ronnebaum
May 01, 2017 - 6:03 am



The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority begins offering a new app Monday that is designed to help people with disabilities.

The new KCATA app is called RideKC Freedom On-Demand. The one-year pilot program will assist ADA customers get around the metro.

"We need to be a mobility company, not just a bus company," said Robbie Makinen, CEO of the KCATA. "That's a process of connecting all the dots and breaking down barriers, not only for our folks with disabilities, but for our regular transit customers, too."

ADA customers will pay $3.00 for the first eight miles and $2.00 for every mile after that. The general public can also use the service but will have to pay a little more.

"Part of your fare -- we get that back, so you're actually paying it forward and giving back in your Kansas City community to folks with disabilities and help drive down those costs and get people like myself around," said Makinen, who is legally blind.

Customers can pay with cash or cards. There is also a call-in option for those who don't use smartphones. 

Ride KC Freedom is for areas north and south of the river. 

The download is available in iTunes or the Google Play Store. 

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