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Posted on: April 25, 2019

Public invited to help refine vision for transit service at meetings on May 9

Building from the results of the March Stakeholder Meetings, the City of Joplin invites the public to attend any of two Transit Visioning Sessions scheduled for early May as part of the Joplin Transit Service Analysis. Anyone with an interest in the community’s transit system is encouraged to attend. Online commenting is available via through May 31, 2019. The meeting dates, times, and locations are shown in the table below.

Transit Visioning Sessions




Thursday, May 9, 2019

2 – 4 p.m.

Joplin Public Library

Conference Room West

1901 E. 20th Street, Joplin, MO  64801

Thursday, May 9, 2019

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Joplin Public Library

Conference Room West

1901 E. 20th Street, Joplin, MO  64801

Now through May 31, 2019 

Anytime 24/7

The Transit Visioning Sessions will begin with a short presentation. Then we will ask participants to help us refine the vision for improved transit in the Joplin area, determine priority community transit needs and desires, and identify goals for improved service. We will combine the feedback we gather with technical analysis in order to develop recommendations for a series of transit improvement alternatives. Some will be long-, medium-, and short-term but all will address costs and financial resources. We will share them with the public near the end of 2019. 


The Joplin Transit Service Analysis will be a complete review of our bus system. It will consider trends, emerging needs, what generates a transit trip, and much more.  Specifically, we will analyze existing and future ridership, develop service plans, examine funding sources, and analyze the City’s ability to compete for funds available at the state and local levels.  The effort will result in a descriptive path forward for transitioning from current service to new or revised service. It will also guide and inform the City’s future long-range transportation plans and prioritize transit system changes and investments.

The City is conducting the transit service analysis to ensure that the bus system provides efficient service and meets the needs of community members. Today, Sunshine Lamp Trolley provides three routes:  Red, Blue, and Green. Riders may get on and off at designated bus stops along the routes. They also have the option of scheduling a “deviated” pick-up or drop-off at a location within ¾-mile from the trolley route. Deviated stops can be scheduled with at least a one-hour advanced notice.

The MAPS system works with the trolley, providing curb-to-curb bus service on a pre-scheduled basis to residents of the greater Joplin metropolitan area. Residents schedule rides to pick them up from and take them to any destination within the MAPS operating boundaries. MAPS service is available in Joplin, Carl Junction, Carterville, Webb City, Duenweg, and Oronogo.


Please contact Robert Lolley, MAPS/Transit Coordinator, City of Joplin, at 417-625-4793 or for more information about the Joplin Transit Service Analysis.  You may also contact Lynn Iliff Onstot, City Public Information Officer, at 417-624-0820, ext. 204 or Comment on the project via social media with our hashtag: #JoplinTransit.

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