Wichita's bus plan up for vote on Tuesday

07/18/2011 12:00 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.

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