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KCATA leader Frank White III wants to make Kansas City’s public transit ‘world class’

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Carlos Moreno
KCUR 89.3
CEO of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority Frank White III talks about area transportation issues on Sept. 12, 2023 during KCUR's Up To Date.

As Kansas City gears up for the 2026 World Cup, some residents are concerned that the metro’s public transit system can’t keep up with a rapidly growing city. KCATA CEO Frank White III speaks about how the transportation authority is preparing.

According to Frank White III, CEO of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, the World Cup is exactly what this city needs to improve its public transit system.

“Most people around the world are used to world class transit, right? So how do we leverage the World Cup as a way to get those investments that we think we should have had in public transit that we never got before,” White told KCUR’s Up To Date.

White said it’s imperative that the excitement around improving Kansas City’s transportation infrastructure continues beyond the 2026 event.

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