What would happen if you decided to get rid of your car? Could you get around town on public transit? Why are people choosing a lifestyle without a car? How effective is public transit for getting around the region?
Find out what it is like to be “Car Free by Choice in Kansas City” as Sarah Madrid, David Johnson and Mike Lewyn discuss their reasoning for being car free and their experiences on Transit Talk with host Janet Rogers of Transit Action Network.
Where: RadioActive Magazine, 90.1FM KKFI Kansas City Community Radio
When: Tuesday Feb 10 @ 6 PM
Many people don’t have a car because they lack the money to support a car or they have a physical impairment which keeps them from driving. Being without a car can be difficult. However, more and more people are deciding to turn in their keys and say goodbye to the costs and hassles of having a car.
Join us on Tuesday to hear from three people who made the decision to go without a car. Find out how they manage.
Sarah Madrid, grew up in KC and returned after a career in the US Foreign Service where she lived car free for many years in foreign countries.
Mike Lewyn recently moved to KC and brings a fresh evaluation of our city’s public transit network. He teaches law at UMKC.
David Johnson, a local transit advocate and member of the Streetcar Authority has been car free in KC for many years.
If you aren’t very familiar with the transit system but want to try it, there is a trip planner on the KCATA website that will tell you what you need to know to get from your current location (or a beginning location) to your destination. http://www.kcata.org/maps_schedules/trip_planner or call (816) 221-0660 for help. Wyandotte County, Johnson County and Independence buses all use this same trip planner.
Google maps allows you to plan your trip, you just have to click on the bus icon.
You can look up additional information for The JO (As of February 1, 2015 KCATA manages The JO) http://www.jocogov.org/dept/transit/home
The Independence IndeBus http://indebusmo.com
Information on all of the Unified Government Transit (UGT) buses is available at www.KCATA.org. Some additional information is available at http://www.wycokck.org/dept.aspx?id=224&menu_id=1030
If you know your KCATA bus route then this website helps by showing you the current location of your bus. http://itsab.us/tracker/ Just click on your route and all the locations for the buses on that route will be displayed. This information is available on a regular phone with internet capability. A smart phone is not necessary.
You can try out all of the apps suggested on the KCATA app center to find out which one you like best. http://www.kcata.org/maps_schedules/app_center
Rider guides for new riders
If you have additional questions contact the transit agencies
KCATA, The JO and UGT call center (816) 221-0660
IndeBus 816-461-4287 (IBUS)
You can contact Transit Action Network at TransactionKC@gmail.com
Our next Transit Talk on Radio Active Magazine is MARCH 31.