The JO Will Expand Service in July
Posted by Transit Action Network on June 15, 2010
June 12, 2010
Johnson County Transit has released tentative information about new and expanded routes that will begin in July. This expanded service represents a significant step toward providing “real” public transit in Johnson County .
Metcalf / Plaza
Route 556 will replace Route H, connecting 135th and Metcalf with MAX at the Plaza, via Metcalf Avenue and Shawnee Mission Parkway . There will be five morning round trips, and five northbound and four southbound evening trips. We don’t know if 556 will extend eastward to Troost as Route H currently does.
Route 856 will provide three round trips of midday flexible service in the 556 corridor between 10 am and 3 pm. Presumably this will be so-called “route deviation” service, with buses operating on a fixed schedule but able to go off-route to make pre-arranged pick-ups or drop-offs along the corridor.
75th Street / JCCC
Route 575 is a new route connecting MAX at 75th and Wornall with Johnson County Community College via 75th Street and Quivira Road . There will be four morning and four evening round trips.
Route 875 will provide three round trips of midday flexible service in the 575 corridor between 10:30 am and 3 pm. Buses will operate on a fixed schedule but able to go off-route to make pre-arranged pick-ups or drop-offs along the corridor.
Schedules are not yet available.
The JO is gradually switching from letters to numbers for route identifiers.
Why the different route numbers for midday service in the 556 and 575 corridors? JCT will define 556 and 575 as “commuter” routes, which are exempt from the requirement to provide “ADA complementary service” during those periods. Midday, such service is provided by the flexible nature of routes 856 and 875. Complementary (not complimentary) service is a requirement of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Source of this information is the agenda packet for the June 9 meeting of the Johnson County Transportation Council (pages 24-25).