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Residents Turn Out To Learn About Prospect Max Bus

Laura Ziegler

A small group of residents crowded into the basement of Zion Grove Missionary Baptist Church on Swope Parkway Tuesday night to learn about the proposed MAX bus line along Prospect.

The 2005 Main Street MAX and 2011 Troost MAX have been popular with riders, and residents east of Troost seem equally enthusiastic about having the upgraded express line in their neighborhoods.

MAX buses don't make as many stops and have upgraded terminals; the lighting and shelter is better; and there are talking notifications about when the next bus is arriving.

Lilian Anderson who was at the church to hear transit officials talk about the proposal said she was still driving but "wanted to have options" for when she got older.

Lena Rose operates a beauty salon on 27th and Prospect. She said a MAX bus would be good for business.

"I'm very elated that a the MAX will be in our area because my customers will be able to come and not have to pay all the money to take a cab," Rose said.

The city is wrapping up a feasibility study and is seeking support for a needed sales tax vote to provide local funding. Officials hope to nail down federal funding with an effort to package the Prospect MAX bus proposal with plans to extend the downtown street car lines.

For information about the MAX lines, schedules, and routes, click here.

For information about the connection between the porposed Prospect line and teh Kansas City streetcar project click here.

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