By Julie Koppen

On Earth Day, my husband and I decided to try a more eco-friendly way of traveling to Kauffman Stadium. We wanted to reduce our carbon footprint and skip the hassles of driving, parking and paying the $12 fee. So, we rode The Metro – and enjoyed the ride.

For Royals night games, the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) has extended its hours on the 47-Broadway bus line. It now offers service from downtown Kansas City, MO, midtown neighborhoods, the Country Club Plaza, east side neighborhoods and Blue Ridge Crossing to the stadium. Since this is Air Quality Awareness Week, it’s an even better time to think about reducing air pollutants as we head into warmer weather and higher ozone levels.

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Julie Koppen and her husband, Jim Gottsch

We began our adventure by going to the KCATA website, where we found maps and a trip planner that made it easy. We learned the 47-Broadway line is a direct route to the stadium, and the bus stop at 39th and Broadway was less than a mile from our home.

As guests of Ripple Glass, the only glass recycler in the Midwest, we wanted to get to the stadium before 6 p.m. to enjoy the tailgate party. We also wanted to meet representatives of the companies that host Ripple recycling bins and employees from Owens Corning, the company that buys the crushed glass to use in its fiberglass insulation.

So, we chose the 5:02 p.m. 47-Broadway bus at the bargain price of $1.50 each, one way.