The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) hosted a groundbreaking at the future site of its East Village Transit Center to launch construction of the Prospect MAX BRT line, which was supported by a $29.9 million grant through FTA’s Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program. FTA’s CIG funding for this project was announced in April 2018.
Similar to other BRT systems, Prospect MAX buses will provide faster service through a 10-mile corridor with traffic signal prioritization and off-board ticketing. The BRT line will include modern features, such as real-time arrival information, Wi-Fi service, and passenger-friendly transit centers, that connect to bus routes serving Missouri and Kansas communities.
Prospect MAX, the third BRT line in Kansas City, is expected to improve transit service and spur economic development in the city’s Prospect corridor. Kansas City’s Main MAX opened in 2005. Troost MAX, which was partly funded with a $24.5 million CIG award, opened in 2011. The combined BRT lines serve approximately 13,000 riders per day.
FTA’s CIG program supports major transit capital projects nationwide. Under the current Administration, FTA has advanced 13 new CIG projects totaling approximately $3.3 billion in funding commitments. Construction of the Prospect MAX line is scheduled to be completed in October 2019.