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Follow-up report of KCATA released

Today, the City Auditor’s Office released a follow-up report on the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority. The report concludes that the Public Works Department and KCATA have made significant progress in addressing issues raised in a 1997 report. Transportation across jurisdictional lines is more coordinated, ridership has increased, and the City’s oversight has been strengthened.

The report also concludes that although total transit funding from the federal and state governments has increased, some federal funding will expire soon. Several routes are dependent upon this funding, and without it, these routes could be discontinued. City funding for transit is also expected to be reduced. The Aug. 6 election includes a proposal to increase Missouri’s transportation taxes. If passed, this measure could help maintain the current level of transit services.

A significant number of potential bus riders remain unserved by the current piecemeal system, as local jurisdictions decide whether or not to fund transit service. If the area is to benefit from a truly seamless public transit system, support must be established on a regional basis.

The report includes recommendations that the Public Works Department director prepare a resolution for Mayor and City Council consideration supporting the proposed tax increase and the pursuit of regional funding. The City Auditor’s Office also recommends that the Mayor and City Council continue discussions with decision-makers in other local municipalities and area county governments regarding the establishment of regional funding for public transportation. Management agreed with the recommendations.

This report can be accessed from the City’s Web site at beginning July 11.

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