Overland Park officials want micro-transit service expanded to Saturday Farmers Market to help address parking issues

The city thinks public transit options could help alleviate some parking congestion at the downtown Overland Park Farmers Market.

A new form of public transit being tested in Johnson County may add Saturday service to pick up people going to the Overland Park Farmer’s Market this summer. City officials say a micro transit van route could help ease parking concerns as construction continues downtown.

The service might also help people in need get to the market, where their supplemental food assistance for fresh fruits and vegetables will go further, said County Commissioner Janeé Hanzlick.

The city council’s Community Development Committee members were enthusiastic during a meeting last week about exploring the addition of Saturday to the micro transit schedule being tested by the county as an alternative to fixed-route buses.