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  • City changes IndeBus routes

  • The city of Independence local bus service, IndeBus, is altering routes in an effort for better coordination among them.



    The changes take effect Monday.

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  • The city of Independence local bus service, IndeBus, is altering routes in an effort for better coordination among them.
    The changes take effect Monday.
    Also, the silver route, which ran in the commercial area of southeast Independence with stops as Centerpoint Medical Center, Bass Pro Shops and elsewhere, is being dropped. The city says ridership – sometimes six people a day – wasn’t enough for the roughly $160,000 a year it takes to run a route.
    “There were some (riders), but just not enough to justify the cost of a route,” said Senior Planner Mary Hunt.
    The city launched IndeBus a year ago, taking over the routes within the city that the Kansas City Area Transit Authority had run. The ATA still runs routes such as No. 24 and 15X from Independence to Kansas City.
    The main change is that buses on the six remaining routes will stop at the Metro Transit Center at the top of each hour, as does the No. 24, making it easier for riders to transfer from one route to another. The Transit Center is at Truman and Noland roads just off the Square.
    This puts service roughly back in line with where it was two years ago. Here’s an example: The red route leaves the Transit Center at the top of the hour and heads east and south to the Price Chopper off 23rd Street near Missouri 291, then east to a stop on Swope Drive and another at Metropolitan Community Colleges-Blue River, then down Jackson Drive to Centerpoint Medical Center – a route of 24 minutes.
    At the bottom of the hour, it heads back, making the same stops and arriving at the Transit Center at six minutes before the hour. On weekdays, it does that 11 times a day, the first route starting at 7 a.m. and the last at 5 p.m.
    Three other routes – purple down Noland Road, blue along Sterling Avenue and U.S. 40, green on Lee’s Summit Road and 39th Street – also follow that on-the-hour schedule.
    The orange and yellow routes across the northern part of the city each run on an every-other-hour schedule, but the bus itself – running as orange one hour, yellow the next – does stop at the Transit Center at the top of each hour.
    There is another change. The purple route will no longer include the Midwest Genealogy Center, instead going straight down Noland, with stops at Truman High School, Olde Oak Tree, Price Chopper and Hy-Vee. The green route makes a stop at the Genealogy Center.
    Bus route hours are slightly shorter on Saturdays than on weekdays.
    The bus doesn’t run on Sundays or on several holidays, including the Fourth of July.
     

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