KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Claims figures show the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority has paid nearly $3.3 million in settlements for bodily injuries or property damage from 2012 to 2017.
Last year also saw the highest number of incidents and claims settlements over that period.
The authority isn’t a city department, but the city negotiates the settlements. The transportation authority is largely funded by taxpayers.
The city often requires recipients to sign non-disclosure agreements prohibiting them from discussing the incidents.
Stephen Berry is the deputy director of Transit Safety, Security and Workforce Development at the Center for Urban Transportation Research. Berry says case numbers may be high or inflated due to fraudulent claims from passengers or staged accidents. He says the transit industry should “protect themselves on fraudulent claims.”