Wichita’s Bus System Short on Funds

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) Wichita officials say the city’s bus system could be out of money by 2015, and taxpayers will be asked to help keep the buses running.

Transit director Steve Spade is conducting an internal review of the system, including quality of service, accuracy of schedules and vehicle maintenance.

The Wichita Eagle reports city officials are finishing work on a position statement about the transit system’s future. After that’s done, Layton says Wichita residents will be asked to help decide the bus system’s future.

About 2 million riders have used the buses in each of the last two years.

The city has committed about $1.8 million to the transit system through early 2015. But state and federal grants to help fund the system are being reduced.