Wichita's bus plan up for vote on Tuesday
05/20/2012 7:17 AM
08/05/2014 7:01 PM
When the city suggested eliminating Saturday bus service last month, riders in Wichita revolted.
They filled the room at a public forum on the proposed cut. They wrote letters. And they talked to reporters.
And City Hall listened.
City Council members will vote Tuesday on a 50-cent fare increase that is part of a package to retain Saturday bus service.
That would bring the cost of a bus ticket to $1.75.
The move increases van rides for people who have disabilities by $1 to $3.50.
And the city would tap a permanent reserve fund for about $700,000 over the next two years to keep Wichita Transit out of a deficit.
Meanwhile, the city is researching ways to improve the bare-bones bus system in the long term.
That could eventually lead to a voter referendum to add a half-penny or so in sales tax to bolster the bus system.
The city plans a series of public outreach sessions before making any major moves.