The city should ditch its bare-bones bus routes and switch to a grid system that cuts down on transfers and is easier to use, according to a new study by University of Kansas graduate students.
That could boost ridership, save residents some money and reduce pollution and traffic.
It would also give the city a robust system that could handle a influx of riders if gas prices jump, as many people predict.
But it wouldn't be cheap.
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Preliminary estimates show grid routes that would run up and down major streets would cost more than $23 million a year to operate.
If the city bought more buses to run the routes more frequently and expanded hours of service, the price tag would hit about $56 million each year.