Kansas City Area Transportation Authority

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority connects people to opportunities through safe, reliable public transportation. KCATA is a bi-state agency charged with serving the transportation and development needs of the Kansas City region.


The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority is a bi-state agency created by a compact between the States of Missouri and Kansas, and approved by the United States Congress. The compact was authorized by legislation passed in both states in 1965. The compact gives the ATA responsibility for planning, construction, owning and operating passenger transportation systems and facilities within the seven-county Kansas City metropolitan area. The compact defines the ATA district as the counties of Cass, Clay, Jackson, and Platte in Missouri; and Johnson, Leavenworth, and Wyandotte in Kansas. The Authority\’s jurisdiction is limited to these seven counties.

The ATA operates RideKC bus service, the MAX Bus Rapid Transit service, Flex demand-response routes, RideKC Freedom paratransit service for the elderly and persons with disabilities, and RideKC Van vanpool service.


Mission Statement

We connect people to opportunities.

Vision Statement

To deliver innovative solutions that enhance mobility and improve our community.

Core Values

Fiscal Accountability
Employee Development
Community Involvement


Services Provided

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • African-American Business
  • Hispanic Business
  • Kansas Business Issues
  • LGBT Business Issues
  • Missouri Business Issues
  • Native-American Business
  • Small Business Policy
  • Women’s Business Issues

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting, Development and Review
  • Forming a Business
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research

Management Issues

  • Leadership/Professional Development
  • Recruiting Assistance

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Real Estate Finance (Specialty)
  • Tax Credits (Specialty)

Legal Services

  • Contract Review
  • Forming a Business


  • Competitive Analysis
  • Market Research

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Subcontracting Opportunities (Specialty)
  • Obtaining Government Contracts (Specialty)

Human Resources

  • Employee Development, Hiring and Policies (Specialty)
  • Retention (Specialty)
  • Workforce Incentives (Specialty)

Starting a Business

  • Forming a Business
  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Startup Classes


  • One-on-One Counseling (Specialty)

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Internship Program (Specialty)
  • Youth Entrepreneurship Education (Specialty)
Contact Information
Whitney Morgan
1200 E 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108