The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority’s (KCATA) regional RideKC transit shuttled more than 70,000 to and from five park-and-rides to the Chiefs Kingdom Champions Parade — enough to nearly fill Arrowhead Stadium where the team plays.
The total ridership got a boost of about 15,000 trips, compared to the last time the Chiefs won the Super Bowl in 2020. The two busiest park and rides combined for more than 40,000 trips.
“Public transportation is the lifeblood of our community,” said Frank White III, CEO of KCATA. “In times of celebration and in times of challenge, RideKC connects people to opportunities, like jobs, education, health care, housing, and yes, Super Bowl Parades.”
The successful shuttle service was made possible by regional RideKC operators and by contracting with local school bus companies. Approximately 130 public transit buses and 300 school buses were deployed. In addition to the shuttles, KCATA-RideKC served even more parade-goers on buses that replaced KC Streetcar service that was not operating during the parade.
“Special event transportation is often the first introduction to public transportation in a city like Kansas City,” said White. “RideKC drivers and staff thrive on these opportunities to put our best foot forward. When special event customers have a champion experience, they will come back for more."