News Release Date: May 23, 2018
Contact: Nima Shaffé, 816.346.0258Kansas City, Mo. | May 23, 2018 - The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, 3-Trails West, Inc. and the National Park Service will dedicate a major transit hub which is both high-tech and historic at 12:30 p.m., May 31. The 3-Trails Transit Center is at 9449 Blue Ridge Blvd. in South Kansas City. The event is free and open to the public.
The new hub will be a major stop for six bus routes connecting riders to downtown Kansas City, Waldo, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Hospital Hill, Raytown and other sites in the region.
The station hosts KCATA’s first citypost smart digital kiosk. Riders will be able to touch a screen for real-time bus information and historic trail information. The kiosk will feature a constant flow of information about city and community events.
The National Park Service will recognize the stop as an official national historic trail trailhead marking the area nearby where the California, Oregon and Santa Fe national historic trails converged. This event is also being held in honor of the 50th anniversary year for the National Trails System. The trailhead has custom interpretive panels designed by 3-Trails West, Inc. and the National Park Service that illustrate the historic significance of the trails and stories of trail travelers with ties to the area. This trailhead is one of the first identified along a 47-mile national historic trail experience being planned that retraces the path of the three national trails in the Kansas City area from Sugar Creek, Mo., to Gardner, Kansas.
WHO: Robbie Makinen, President & CEO, KCATA
Lou Austin, Director, 3-Trails West, Inc.
John Cannella, National Park Service, National Trails Intermountain Region
WHAT: Dedication of the historic 3-Trails Transit Center and recognition of the site as the official national historic trails trailhead
WHEN: Thursday, May 31, at 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: 9449 Blue Ridge Blvd. | Kansas City, Mo.