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KCATA, Rockhurst U. extend U-Pass agreement

Posted on September 23, 2013

Rockhurst University has joined the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) U-Pass program, allowing part-time and full-time undergraduate and graduate students to ride any of the 60 Metro buses free of charge by simply swiping their student ID card.

The one-year pilot program is being funded by student activity fees and funds from Student Development/Athletics. Continuation of the program will be contingent upon the availability of ongoing funding.

“With the frequent, easy-to-understand service offered around campus, this partnership is a win on many levels,” said Matt Quick, dean of students and VP, student development and athletics. “Rockhurst values environmental conservation and creating connections to the communities surrounding the university. This partnership allows our students to do both of these things.”

Classes started at Rockhurst University in August. KCATA held a how-to-ride session that day.

“We are thrilled about this partnership with Rockhurst,” said KCATA GM Mark Huffer. “The campus is conveniently located along Troost MAX, which offers frequent service seven days a week. The expansion of the U-Pass program is a great step for transit in our community.”

The Metro offers 60 routes and more than 30 park-and-rides throughout the Kansas City region.

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