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New bus stops behind Kansas City, Missouri mall have some worried

Kim Rector is campaigning for change after what she saw in her backyard the first week of the new year. Her security camera captured a man urinating, litter left on the floor and a crash between a car and a bus a few feet from her home. Shopping carts are also blocked across the street. The stop serves six bus routes behind the Blue Ridge Crossing Mall in Kansas City. The stop was moved after Walmart terminated a lease with KCATA to house three stops on the property. The retailer cited safety concerns for customers and workers as the reason for the move. Rector said the trouble just moved to the back of the mall, now next to his house. noted. “There are too many different routes here. I don’t think this is the place for that.” over there, or that house right there, who will end up breaking in?” said a bus passenger named October. “It’s nothing more than a big inconvenience to the city.” A spokesperson of Walmart declined to make a statement on the situation Thursday, but said there were no plans to move the bus stops to the original locations on the property.A spokeswoman for Kansas City Area Transportation Authority issued a statement to KMBC: “KCATA has been advised by Walmart of the need to relocate the RideKC bus stop, which serves a large number of transit customers. Due to the change needing to be made quickly, the first step was to assess areas near Blue Ridge Crossing that would still allow us to provide customers with access to jobs, healthcare, and shopping. From there, we reached out to homeowners associations, grocery stores, churches, restaurants, and other businesses near the stops to find the best transit stop locations for all stakeholders. “The stops were ultimately chosen because they provide a safe stopover point for bus operators, seamless customer access to the ping sho center, and there are sidewalks available. RideKC Safety Team will continue to monitor new transit stops, ensuring an increased presence in the Blue Ridge Crossing area.”Stops will be reassessed in April when RideKC changes routes for the RideKC Next system redesign.”

Kim Rector is campaigning for change after what she saw in her backyard the first week of the new year.

Her security camera captured a man urinating, litter left on the ground and a crash between a car and a bus a few meters from her home.

Shopping carts are also blocked across the street.

“It’s completely dangerous,” she said.

Rector and his neighbors face the challenges of a new bus stop along 43rd Street just behind Walmart and other stores. The stop serves six bus routes behind the Blue Ridge Crossing Mall in Kansas City.

The stop was moved after Walmart terminated a lease with KCATA to house three stops on the property. The retailer cited safety concerns for customers and workers as the reason for the move.

Rector said the trouble just moved to the back of the mall, now next to his house.

“I think it’s too big as a bus hub,” she said. “There are too many different routes here. I don’t think this is the place for that.”

Bus riders KMBC spoke to on Thursday agreed, saying they would prefer the stop away from homes.

“If I’m in that house right there, or that house right there, who’s going to end up breaking in?” said a bus passenger named October. “It’s nothing more than a big inconvenience to the city.”

A spokesperson for Walmart declined to issue a statement Thursday on the situation, but said there were no plans to move the bus stops to the original locations on the property.

A Kansas City Area Transportation Authority spokeswoman released a statement to KMBC:

“KCATA was advised by Walmart of the need to relocate the RideKC bus stop, which serves a large number of transit customers. Due to the change needing to be made quickly, KCATA’s first step was to assess areas near Blue Ridge Crossing that would still allow us to provide customers with access to jobs, health care, and shopping.From there, we reached out to homeowners associations, grocery stores, churches, restaurants and other businesses near stops to find the best transit stop locations for all stakeholders.

“The stops were ultimately chosen because they provide a safe stopover point for bus operators, continued customer access to the mall, and available sidewalks. RideKC’s safety team will continue to monitor new stops. public transit, providing an increased presence in the Blue Peak Crossing Zone.

“Stops will be reassessed in April when RideKC changes routes for the RideKC Next system redesign.”