It will cost 50 cents more to ride a city bus starting Sept. 6, but you’ll still be able to ride it on Saturdays.
That was the compromise Wichita City Council members unanimously endorsed Tuesday.
Wichita Transit faced a $1 million deficit because of increased fuel expenses, a lawsuit settlement and the loss of some federal grant money.
Initially, city officials proposed the elimination of Saturday service to shore up transit finances. But riders voiced deep concerns about getting to their jobs and running necessary errands on Saturdays.
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The city then proposed hiking fares to $1.75 and using about $700,000 from a reserve fund over the next two years to maintain service.
Meanwhile, the city is looking into long-term options to fund transit and, maybe, switch to a more robust grid route system to make riding more convenient.
Wichita's bus system carried about 2.2 million passengers last year, more than any time in the past five years, except for 2008, when gas prices came close to $4 per gallon.