Kansas City, MO – Earlier this year, the City Council cut the budget for the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority by 7 million dollars. They cited a declining sales tax. The KCATA is raising bus fares, and last year, voters extended a 3/8th cent sales tax for transit. But even so, officials said bus service would be reduced on 25 routes. That is, unless they could secure funds from the state of Missouri.
Both Kansas City and St Louis are currently feeling the transportation budget pinch, but lasy week, St Louis ended up with 12 million dollars in emergency relief. Kansas City. on the other hand, received no state transportation funds. So why did Kansas City seem to get overlooked? KCUR's Susan Wilson spoke with the Mark Huffer, General Manager of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority.