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KCATA Enters into Service Partnership with Johnson County

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA), Kansas City, MO, recently entered into a two-year Interlocal Cooperation Agreement for Transit Management and Administration with Johnson County, KS, in a partnership that spans two adjoining states.

Through the contract, KCATA will provide administrative and management services for the county’s public transit service, known as The JO, for the first time in more than 30 years.

“Municipal and county boundaries do not have to be a barrier to providing service to our region,” said KCATA Board Chair Robbie Makinen. “If Missouri and Kansas can come together to improve transit, there is no reason other community issues can’t be addressed. We hope this progress can serve as an example of regional cooperation for the benefit of the whole community.”

Johnson County Deputy County Manager Penny Postoak Ferguson noted that the agreement will provide “increased efficiencies and service effectiveness that will make transit funding go further in the metro area.”
The management consolidation is expected to result in savings of approximately $455,000 for Johnson County. The major component of the savings is personnel costs, which will result directly from KCATA using existing staff.


Ed Eilert, left, chairman, Johnson County Board of County Commissioners,  and KCATA Board Chair Robbie Makinen pose after signing the Interlocal Cooperation Agreement between KCATA and The JO.

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