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Wichita Transit To Hear Bus Fare Recommendations, Public Input

Recommendations will be presented to the Wichita Transit Advisory Board tomorrow about restructuring bus fares.

Wichita Transit Director Steve Spade says the base bus fare of $1.75 will remain, but options will be simplified.

"What’s being suggested now is that we do a cash fare of $1.75 and then we do a day pass, a weekly pass and a monthly pass and keep it simple," Spade says. "The other thing that we are doing is offering pretty substantial discounts on our passes."

Thirty-day bus passes are $90. Spade says the proposal is to reduce the $90 cost down to $55 to encourage people to pay their fares up front and take unlimited rides. He says residents are submitting ideas, including route changes to the bus system. A public open house is set for Tuesday. Final recommendations will go to the Wichita City Council in late October.

If you go:

What: Wichita Transit Advisory Board meeting

When: Friday, Sept. 18, at 10 a.m.

Where: Wichita Transit Administration building, 777 E. Waterman

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Carla Eckels is assistant news director and the host of Soulsations. Follow her on Twitter @Eckels.

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