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Wichita Transit Board Wants Quarter-Cent Sales Tax Increase

Wichita transit advisory board members voted Friday for a quarter-cent sales tax increase to be put on the ballot. The additional money would attempt to stabilize the city’s bus system, which was just recently spared additional cuts to service.

The next step is for the Wichita City Council to consider the request and determine when to put the issue on the ballot or if it should go to a public vote at all.

Wichita Transit Director Mike Vinson said discussion will continue this month about improvements to the Westside Connector because ridership there does not warrant a full bus.

Route extensions, providing more direct services, and establishing a permanent ridership program to the airport, with possible 30-minute intervals of service, is in the works.

Vinson also says longer range plans hope to introduce park-and-ride lots at the ends of routes of major traffic corridors.

Improvement of current levels of service is the top priority and alternative ideas will be laid out in further detail during a July meeting.