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April 1, 2014

KC area moves closer to single regional bus pass

The JO Standard Express Monthly Pass is now good on all four area transit systems. A single regional pass will be introduced following a fare study currently under way.

The Kansas City region’s bus systems became more integrated Tuesday when the standard monthly pass for Johnson County’s JO network began to be accepted by the other three area transit services.

The Regional Transit Coordinating Council said it is a movement toward a single regional pass.

“This is an important step in making transit easier to navigate for current riders and more attractive to new riders in the Kansas City region,” Robbie Makinen, chairman of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority board, said in an announcement. “This is the first of many things that the coordinating council is working on to make transit a stronger travel option in our region.”

The JO Standard Express Monthly Pass, which costs $77.87 online, is accepted on Metro buses as well as the Independence IndeBus system by swiping it in the farebox reader. On Unified Government Transit buses, show the pass to the driver.

The pass is not good for higher-priced Metro commuter express routes or for the JO’s Kansas 10 route to Lawrence.

The JO passes are available at

www.thejo.com

, at the KCATA office at 1200 E. 18th St., and at Crown Center customer service.

A single regional pass will be introduced following a regional fare study currently under way.

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