New bus route connects Lenexa to Mission

New bus route connects Lenexa to Mission
Posted on 08/08/2023
People ready to cut a ribbon in front of a bus during Route 487 ribbon-cutting

Johnson County has launched a new bus route that serves the 87th Street corridor — a central artery through Lenexa. The zero-fare Route 487 operates between Lenexa City Center (west of I-435) and the Mission Transit Center on Johnson Drive in Mission.

This east-west connecting route also travels through downtown Overland Park and the western edge of Prairie Village. The Johnson County Transit RideKC service began Aug. 7, 2023.

The bus route runs Monday through Friday from around 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., with buses scheduled an hour apart. There are five bus stops along the route.

Route 487 connects to several other routes, including Route 495 at Lenexa City Center, which traverses 95th Street. The new bus route helps locals and visitors access a variety of amenities and opportunities.

Attractions within walking distance of bus stops include:

  • Lenexa City Center 
  • Lenexa civic campus (Lenexa City Hall, Lenexa Rec Center, Lenexa Public Market, Lenexa Farmers Market)
  • Lenexa City Center Library 
  • Central Green Park 
  • Little Mill Creek Trail 
  • Legler Barn Museum & Depot
  • Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park 
  • Westchester Square Shopping Center 
  • Johnson County Central Resource Library 
  • Overland Park City Hall
  • Thompson Park
  • Overland Park Farmers’ Market
  • Strang Hall Food Court
  • Trail West Shopping Center
  • Mission City Hall
  • Mission Market
  • Mission Mart Shopping Center
  • Mission Transit Center
  • Rock Creek Trail

Route 487 is part of a $15.3 million allocation by the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners for several pilot programs to improve public transportation service in Johnson County. Those programs include fixed routes — such as Route 487 — as well as commuter express, micro transit and paratransit services in the county.

Published Aug. 8, 2023