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ATA to shut down call center on Saturday

Bus riders are going to start feeling the effects of cuts to Kansas City’s bus system on Saturday.

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority is shutting down its call center tomorrow as part of service cuts it made to deal with a $7 million reduction in city funding.

The call center serves bus riders in Missouri and Kansas. It’s already closed on Sundays.

The closure means that metro area riders will have to rely on paper schedules or check the Internet for bus times at www.kcata.org.

The ATA is cutting service on 25 of its 66 routes starting on June 28. It’s also eliminating 50 to 60 positions.

A lot of the routes that will be affected are at mid-day, night and weekends when ridership is slim.

For example, the No. 35 135th Street bus won’t have service after 9 p.m. during the week and neither will the No. 156 Red Bridge nor the No. 163 63rd Street.

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