It’s finally happened: Johnson County officials on Thursday reached across the state line and agreed to work with a Kansas City-based group to save money and improve public transportation in the metropolitan area.
In a world where the Missouri/Kansas line too often divides us, this kind of development deserves positive attention from residents as well as from other civic leaders.
So, yes, it can be done. Kansas City and the suburbs can work together to build a stronger metropolitan area.
At a meeting Thursday morning, the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners approved an agreement that consolidates management and administration of Johnson County Transit and the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority.
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This means the county will get rid of its small transportation department, and the ATA will manage The Jo bus system.
The move could save Johnson County up to $450,000 a year. That’s good, and so is the idea that this kind of cooperation could help the county expand its service to serve more people in that car-happy part of our region.
Give kudos to ATA Chairman Robbie Makinen and Johnson County Commissioner Steve Klika for pushing through this agreement.
The move should take its final step next Wednesday, when the full ATA board approves the decision and the agreement is signed by all sides.