“I don’t have a car, so the bus is my main form of transportation apart from biking. If I can’t bike or don’t want to bike, I ride the bus. It’s nice to not have to worry about doing the actual driving. I feel kind of spoiled about that.”
Nash High typically commutes from his home in midtown Kansas City, Missouri to his job downtown at the Kansas City Public Library via the bus. Even though riding public transit takes a bit more planning than driving, Nash thinks it’s worth the effort.
“You have to work your schedule around it [the bus] a little more…but you get used to it.”
Before RideKC went fare-free, Nash would purchase a monthly rider pass. “I ride the same amount, but it’s really handy to not have to pay that extra monthly fee.”
As a regular rider, Nash has hopes for expanding the bus system. “I would love for the bus infrastructure to get a little bit more robust. A lot of the routes in the city’s core are pretty good, but they could use a few more times, so they come more frequently. Also, I would like to see more buses reaching the outskirts and connecting into the suburbs…that’s what I’d like to see.”
RideshareKC is a publicly funded program that provides commuter resources to individuals and employers in the Kansas City metropolitan area — helping to create transportation options for area workers. Established in 1980, the program serves commuters from five counties in Missouri and four counties in Kansas. Learn more at RideshareKC.org.