Tough day for bus riders in KC
The Kansas City Star
While waiting for the MAX bus at Gregory Boulevard and Wornall Road I met Corey Sullivan.
It was about 9 a.m. and he already had walked 30 minutes to a bus stop in Kansas City, Kan., rode a bus to 10th and Main downtown, caught the southbound MAX to Waldo, and walked 15 minutes or so down the road to his job, to learn the place was closing for the day after all. The decision had been made after Sullivan embarked on his journey.
We waited about half an hour for a bus, and then caught a ride downtown with The Star’s E. Thomas McClanahan, who is fearless in a four-wheel drive pickup. Sullivan is a single dad, and on the way his 11-year-old son called to say the power was out at home. We dropped Sullivan off at the transfer station at 10th and Main.
Having to rely on bus transit in Kansas City is tough on the best of days. Sullivan said it normally takes him a little over two hours to get to work, and another two hours to get home, and he works six days a week. He wasn’t complaining; he’s a cook and he likes his job.
Now I hear the Kansas City ATA buses are shutting down at 1 p.m. I hope Sullivan is home by then, and he finds his power on. He is one of the everyday heroes we are sometimes fortunate to encounter, people who persevere under conditions that strike many of us as daunting.
He has my greatest respect.