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RideKC Navigator App | 'Operation Santa' Goes Virtual

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Frank Morris
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KCUR 89.3
The RideKC Navigator app debuted on the Prospect Avenue Max bus route. KCATA CEO Robbie Makinen hopes to extend it to all bus routes in the Kansas City area.

The Kansas City Area Transit Authority is launching a new app for visually-impaired and blind commuters, and the United States Postal Service's 'Operation Santa' goes virtual this year.

Segment 1, beginning at 5:06: RideKC Navigator gives people location-specific audio instructions to help navigate bus stops and intersections in Kansas City.

"Public transit is about access," said Transit Authority President Mackinen. The app was developed in partnership with Alphapointe and Sensible Innovations.

Segment 2, beginning at 28:54: For over a century, the United State's Postal Service has delivered children's letters to Santa Claus.

This year, 'Operation Santa' has gone virtual. One filmmaker catalogs this massive undertaking in the documentary 'Dear Santa', offering an inside look at the volunteers and workers making Christmas special for countless kids.

  • Dana Nachman, film maker, director of 'Dear Santa'
  • Mark Inglett, strategic communications specialist, Postal Service
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