If you plan to commute long distances, try to combine a bicycle trip with public transit. The JO of Johnson County has bike racks on its larger buses, and the Metro offers bike racks on all 40-passenger and 25-passenger buses. Simply ride to a bus stop, load your bike on an easy-to-use bus bike rack, and continue the next leg of your commute. The JO also provides bike lockers at several designated stops and park-and-ride lot locations. Ride your bike to the stop, store it in a locker, and ride your bike home again from the stop or park-and-ride location.
Bicycling Tips for Commuters What bicyclists should know about sharing the road and commuting safely:
▪ Remember to plan your bike route by first driving it
▪ Be aware of your surroundings
▪ Maintain and inspect your bike before every trip
▪ Dress suitably at night and in bad weather
▪ Carry drinking water, a mobile phone, and use a bicycle-mounted bag for storage
▪ Wear a correctly fitted bicycle helmet
▪ Use a front and rear bicycle light at night
▪ Take your place in traffic
▪ Ride predictably and visibly
▪ Know and follow all traffic laws
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-If you do chose to ride your bike, you can sign up for RideShare’s Guaranteed Ride Home service in the event of an emergency. -To order a free regional bike map here. -For more information on walking and biking alternatives or tips for keeping your trip safe and effective, contact Aaron Bartlett, bicycle/pedestrian planner, 816/474-4240.
-Kansas City Area Transportation Authority KCATA coordinates the Metro bus system which primarily serves Jackson County and parts of Clay and Wyandotte counties. -For first time riders, they have a “How-To” video series you can view here. -To map out how to get to your desired destination, you can use their Trip Planner. You can also look at their Maps and Schedules tab for more information. -Fare information can be found here. You can even buy passes online. If you are between the ages of 12-18, make sure to take advantage of their Reduced Farecard for Youth. For more information about Youth fares, click here. -For more information, contact them at (816) 221-0660 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Johnson County Transit Johnson County Transit’s The JO bus system operates within Johnson County, Kansas, and some points in Kansas City, Missouri, and Kansas City, Kansas. -For first time riders, you can find information about how to ride The JO here. -To map out how to get to your desired destination, you can use their Trip Planner. You can also look at their Schedules and Fares tab for more information. -Fare information including online purchasing can be found here. Youth between the ages of 6-17 are eligible for a reduced fare card with a student ID, but must apply. Click here for the application. -For more information, contact them at (816) 221-0660.
Mid-America Regional Council’s RideShare program is a free service designed to inform people about less expensive and environmentally friendly commuting alternatives such as include carpooling, vanpooling, bicycling, transit programs, and various employer services. -Bicyclists registered through RideShare are eligible for the Guaranteed Ride Home program, which provides a free taxi cab ride home from work in case of emergency on a day that you use a commute alternative like cycling. -Anyone interested in carpooling to work can create an account through RideShare Connection to find carpool matches in their area. To register, click here. -Contact them at (816) 842-7433 or email@example.com
Amtrak serves between 400 and 1,000 passengers a day in Kansas City. The terminal is located in Union Station, at 30 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, Missouri. Call 1-800-872-7245 for more information or make reservations. You can also contact them online here.
Checker Cab is the largest locally owned taxi service. It charters vans, contracts services, provides paratransit and lift-equipped services. Checker Cab is available 24 hours a day. To schedule a pickup, call 816/461-8400.
Yellow Cab provides 24-hour taxi service throughout the entire metro area. Call 816/471-5000 or 1-888-471-6050.
KCI Shuttle provides van service between Kansas City International Airport and area hotels. Call 816/243-5000 or 1-800-243-5000 to make a reservation.
The AdVANtage Vanpool program is operated by the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (who also coordinates the Metro). The AdVANtage Program provides FREE eight-passenger and 12-passenger luxury vans for commuting. You can apply to be a part of this program here. For more information You may also contact The AdVANtage Vanpool Coordinator: phone (816) 346-0800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org vRide‘s is a vanpool ride-matching system which links 5–15 people with similar commutes and helps them save money and time on their commute. This service is not local to Kansas City and they do charge a fee for their service. More information can be found on their website here. If you are interested in this service you can sign up for an account and find or create a carpool in your area.
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