Independence transit riders who were awaiting the results of the recent request for proposals for a potentially new service provider will have to wait one more week.

Independence transit riders who were awaiting the results of the recent request for proposals for a potentially new service provider will have to wait one more week.


The City Council-led Transit Committee meeting originally scheduled for Thursday afternoon has been postponed until 3 p.m. Oct. 6 in Conference Room D at City Hall, 111 E. Maple Ave., across from the council chambers.


City Manager Robert Heacock said five applications were submitted during the RFP process. Independence and the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority – the city’s bus service provider for nearly four decades – have a contract in place through the end of June 2012.


No cuts are being proposed to existing Independence bus services. City staff and council members are actually aiming to increase transit ridership in Independence – along with significant cost savings and more efficient use of resources – if the changes are implemented.


Contact the Community Development Department, 816-325-7425, for more information. This issue is unrelated to the Jackson County Commuter Corridor Alternatives Analysis public meeting on transit that took place Tuesday evening.