Joe Reardon joined the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority as president and chief executive officer in March 2015. As two-term mayor of Kansas City, Kan., and Wyandotte County, Joe was a driving force in that community’s continued economic renaissance, including the construction and opening of the first new grocery store in the city in 30 years, and the development of the Sporting Park Soccer Stadium/Cerner office project. Site Selection magazine named the soccer stadium and the Cerner office project one of the 10 top development deals in North America in 2010. Joe also negotiated the first Google Fiber development agreement in the country, successfully competing against more than 1,100 municipalities.
As mayor, Joe understood the impact of public transportation on communities. Under his leadership, Sunday bus service was launched in Kansas City, Kan. Even today, it is the only community in the state of Kansas to provide any regular bus service on Sundays. Since assuming his leadership role at Kansas City’s transit agency, Joe has embarked on an ambitious effort to build a single, seamless public transportation network for the entire region that will connect people to economic opportunity. Already, the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority has taken on management of transit services in suburban Independence, Mo. and Johnson County, Kan. The agency also has developed a new brand called RideKC, which will serve as a single initiative for marketing transit services throughout the greater Kansas City area. Among the early highlights of the regional effort was the introduction of a new day pass that can be used on any of the four transit services in the greater Kansas City area. More work is under way to centralize paratransit services and develop a unified fare structure for the entire region.
Joe began his legal career at the law firm McAnany, Van Cleave and Phillips and was also employed by Thomson-Reuters. Joe served as Unified Government Commissioner before he was elected mayor in 2005 and 2009. He graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s in political science from Rockhurst University. He obtained his law degree from the University of Kansas School of Law.
Active in the community, Joe’s volunteer activities have included serving as a board member at the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, among others. With a strong passion for regionalism, Joe teaches a course on the topic at Rockhurst University.
Married to his wife Amy, they have two sons, Jack and Connor. He is a lifelong resident of Kansas City, Kan.