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Independence Ave MAX

Postby DaveKCMO » Thu Dec 22, 2016 9:57 pm

KCATA's 2017 budget includes money to study upgrading the #24 to MAX on Independence Avenue.

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Re: Independence Ave MAX

Postby JBmidtown » Wed Dec 28, 2016 11:21 am

Not a bad idea to have BRT as a placeholder on these routes until the time when expanded the streetcar this way makes sense. We need as much visible, rapid transit as possible even if it's not all fixed rail (at the moment).

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Re: Independence Ave MAX

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Re: Independence Ave MAX

Postby chingon » Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:19 pm

I'm ambivalent. I like the MAX service, and it's about the only ATA service I use, if I can help it, mostly because of frequency and stop comfort. But is there a point when the ATA's resources would be better used upgrading TroostMAX to BRT than continuing to build out new MAX lines? Is Independence the next highest ridership corridor after Prospect?

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Re: Independence Ave MAX

Postby flyingember » Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:53 am

chingon wrote:I'm ambivalent. I like the MAX service, and it's about the only ATA service I use, if I can help it, mostly because of frequency and stop comfort. But is there a point when the ATA's resources would be better used upgrading TroostMAX to BRT than continuing to build out new MAX lines? Is Independence the next highest ridership corridor after Prospect?


Firstly, you have to get political changes. The ATA calls MAX a BRT line. They're not going to upgrade to something they think is already implemented
http://www.kcata.org/transit-initiative ... id_transit


Secondly, the next thing that needs to be done is to start combining routes together and have less of them overall.

We shouldn't end up with six MAX lines on Main, Troost, Prospect, Indep Ave, State Ave, N. Oak. We should have 3-4 total lines.

Take these three current and future MAX lines
1. Main
2. Indep Ave
3. N. Oak
There will be a point where people can transfer between the three lines.
Imagine you have a bus every 15 minutes on each corridor. This means 12 busses should go to this transfer point.

What if we redo this into three lines like this, where if you get on at 39th and Main you have two options alternating in service from any source
1. Main and N. Oak
2. Main and Indep Ave
3. N. Oak and Indep Ave

You still end up with the same four busses per hour on all three cooridors but all riders can get on the next bus and half of destinations require a transfer or some people can wait 15 minutes and no one has to transfer. Versus today where everyone transfers.

Look at this same thing citywide and you'll see many places with unnecessary transfers. Why can't 37x and 51x be one line? Why can't 39 and 107 be one line? Why can't 12 and 35 form one big U shape? Similarly, Troost and State Ave would be a great combined line to connect KCK to Hospital Hill

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Re: Independence Ave MAX

Postby chingon » Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:59 pm

I pretty much disagree with all of that.

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Re: Independence Ave MAX

Postby flyingember » Wed Sep 13, 2017 2:33 pm

chingon wrote:I pretty much disagree with all of that.

why? (serious question)

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Re: Independence Ave MAX

Postby tower » Wed Sep 13, 2017 4:46 pm

I don't like that plan because it would require people to actually pay attention to which MAX bus they got on. I think it would increase confusion and decrease rider satisfaction. It seems trivial, but it could be a big difference in ridership. People should be able to get on a MAX bus at a stop and know where they are going, with minimal brainpower involved. I may be more lazy that most transit riders, but I seriously doubt it.

When I visit other cities, getting on the wrong train/bus line that shares a station with the right line is actually my biggest fear when riding transit. Maybe thats just me though.

However, I would be in favor of routes that go through, not just to, downtown. Main and N. Oak in one line, maybe Independence and I-70 to KCK in one line as well

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Re: Independence Ave MAX

Postby Riverite » Wed Sep 13, 2017 4:59 pm

Can we have a max line that combines north oak and main, and just goes straight to the airport?

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Re: Independence Ave MAX

Postby chingon » Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:06 pm

flyingember wrote:
chingon wrote:I pretty much disagree with all of that.

why? (serious question)



I basically think there should be a grid of routes that are as straight as possible, frequent as we can afford, and as long as realistic. I don't like split service routes, L shaped routes, U shaped routes, etc. The routes should be named after the primary street they run on.

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Re: Independence Ave MAX

Postby DaveKCMO » Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:20 pm

Riverite wrote:Can we have a max line that combines north oak and main, and just goes straight to the airport?


you mean exactly like a previous light rail plan? no! lol.

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Re: Independence Ave MAX

Postby Riverite » Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:33 pm

DaveKCMO wrote:
Riverite wrote:Can we have a max line that combines north oak and main, and just goes straight to the airport?


you mean exactly like a previous light rail plan? no! lol.


What about a rapid service bus from the airport to downtown with only those two stops. See if the hotels will pony up cash. I don't know about everyone else but easy transit from airport to downtown always makes me more likely to visit the city. Especially as someone under twenty five. If the burbs don't want to pony up cash to have decent transit let's just sidestep them and get all of the visitors to hang out downtown

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Re: Independence Ave MAX

Postby DaveKCMO » Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:09 am

airport transit improvements are in the works.

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Re: Independence Ave MAX

Postby smh » Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:56 pm

DaveKCMO wrote:airport transit improvements are in the works.


Go on...

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Re: Independence Ave MAX

Postby northlandnate » Sat Sep 23, 2017 5:46 pm

DaveKCMO wrote:
Riverite wrote:Can we have a max line that combines north oak and main, and just goes straight to the airport?


you mean exactly like a previous light rail plan? no! lol.


it makes a lot of sense to me, actually. I don't see why not.


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