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KCATA at First Friday

We were pleased to see the KCATA at First Friday last night, luring potential new riders who might be too hesitant to jump aboard an “live” bus for the first time.

Just one parked bus allowed people to casually observe entering and exiting, the seating layout, and how to pay a fare. We’d love to see KCATA get more aggressive with marketing existing services at public gatherings. First Friday‘s are the perfect opportunity: frequently occurring and full of people actively seeking an urban experience.

If you missed them this week, check out the Rider Guide.

5 comments

5 Comments so far

  1. Joe Medley April 5th, 2009 10:30 am

    Forget the parked bus. They should run a Crossroads circulator on First Fridays. a little pocket change gets you from 16th and Broadway to 18th and Troost. That would really get people used to the idea of using transit.

  2. Joe Medley April 5th, 2009 10:32 am

    I wish they’d told somebody ahead of time they were doing this. The blogosphere and the grassroots could have helped get the word out.

  3. Eric Rogers April 6th, 2009 8:32 am

    The KCATA *did* start a FF bus a couple of years ago. It was $1 for unlimited rides around the XRoads. I don’t know if it’s still running or not.

  4. ron mclinden April 9th, 2009 9:44 am

    the bus the ata used was one of its three “seymour” wraps: totally appropriate as an “installation.”

  5. Brent April 9th, 2009 12:05 pm

    This is a really good idea — but I’m chuckling a bit at the idea of having to teach people how to ride the bus. Ok, so how to pay the fare is a key point (ie, bring exact change), but the loading and unloading the bus is pretty funny :)