First public hearing tonight on proposed cuts to bus service

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority tonight will hold the first of four public hearings to let the public vent about proposed cuts in bus service.

The hearing will be held at 5:30 tonight at the Mohart Community Center, 3200 Wayne Ave.

The ATA is cutting service on 24 of its 66 routes because the city cut transit funding by about $7 million this year. The cuts include decreased frequency in service on many routes, including the popular MAX route where riders will wait a minute longer for the bus.

Another route affected will be the No. 25 Troost where buses will run every 30 minutes at rush hour between 83rd and Troost and 88th and Hillcrest. Those buses run about every 10 minutes during rush hour currently. The cuts still have to be approved by the ATA’s board of commissioners later this month. Here is a list of the other cuts that are on the table:

Discontinued Saturday routes:

No. 126 East 5th Street

No. 136 Antioch/Boardwalk

No. 137 Antioch/Metro North

No. 237 Gladstone Circulator

No. 251 Truman Medical Center Lakewood Connector

No. 257 Santa Fe Hills

No. 298 South Kansas City/Wornall MetoFlex

Discontinued weeknight service

No. 35 35th Street

No. 156 Red Bridge

No. 163 63rd Street (also eliminated Sunday nights)

Discontinued midday service

No. 38 Meadowbrook

No. 126 East Fifth Street