Kansas City transit free for federal workers during shutdown

1 month 1 day 13 hours ago Tuesday, January 15 2019 Jan 15, 2019 Tuesday, January 15, 2019 11:47:00 AM CST January 15, 2019 in News
By: The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City's public transit agency is offering free bus rides to federal workers ensnared in the partial federal government shutdown.

The Kansas City Star reports that the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority announced Monday that all federal employees will be able to ride public transit for free by showing their government ID, beginning immediately.

The agency's CEO and President Robbie Makinen says transit employees came up with the idea to offer free rides as a way to help furloughed workers .

The Federal Executive Board estimates about 9,000 Kansas City-area federal workers are without pay due to the longest shutdown in U.S. history.

The standoff is over funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. President Donald Trump declared this week he would "never ever back down."

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