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  • 8/29/2019

    Kansas City Transit Authority CEO to Deliver Keynote Speech at Mobilize 2019

    (ROCKVILLE, MD)—The President and CEO of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA), Robbie Makinen, will deliver a keynote speech at Mobilize 2019, The Transportation Alliance’s Annual Convention & Expo, being held this year October 16-19 at Bally’s in Las Vegas.

    KCATA provides more than 16 million trips throughout the metropolitan area. As CEO, Makinen has transformed the Kansas City region by bringing together five different transit systems under one umbrella called RideKC.

    Makinen has been in the business of helping people throughout his life. Prior to serving as KCATA board chair, he worked for Ozanam Children’s Services, serving as director of its learning center where he recognized the critical need for transportation for its vulnerable population.

    Makinen’s sudden loss of vision made him especially attuned to the needs of passengers who require specialized assistance. Under Makinen’s leadership, KCATA launched several innovative programs, including an app-based ride hailing service for those with disabilities. KCATA also launched an app where customers may purchase their fare, plan their trip, and track it all from their smartphone.

    In the four years Makinen has led the KCATA, he has been a strong advocate for free public transportation. Currently, KCATA offers free rides for veterans, high school students, and clients of safety net providers with the Health Forward Foundation. These three groups make up a quarter of KCATA ridership.

    “Robbie hasn’t just transformed how Kansas City approaches paratransit service. He has helped transform the paratransit industry into an incubator for innovative transportation practices,” said Terry O’Toole, President of The Transportation Alliance. “Under Robbie’s leadership, KCATA has become a prime example of how a rider-centered service and technology can be one of a city’s biggest assets.”

    In addition to Makinen, the former CEO of Transdev North America, Mark Joseph, will also be making a major address. Learn more about the convention’s educational program and social events, see who is exhibiting in this year’s Expo hall, and take advantage of our great hotel deal of only $147 per night in Bally’s newly-renovated tower rooms. For complete information, visit:

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