Northeast Johnson County residents in the Westwood area on Monday will have a new public transportation option through the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority.
KCATA will launch the one-year pilot program called Ride KC: Bridj with initial service locations in the the downtown/Hospital Hill area in Kansas City, Mo., and The University of Kansas Hospital and Medical Center area centered in Kansas City, Kan. and northeast Johnson County. Through Bridj, customers can summon one of the program’s 14-passenger transit vehicles for a pickup via a smartphone app.
The first 10 rides for a passenger will be free with the promo code KCBRIDJ. The introductory fare through the pilot period will be $1.50 per trip. The service will be available between 6 and 10 a.m. and 3 and 7 p.m. during the workweek.
The program is a collaborative effort between KCATA and Ford, which specially fitted 18 of the vehicles with free wifi and other passenger-friendly features.