Wichita Transit plans to gather more public feedback on proposed route and fare changes before making a final recommendation to the Wichita City Council. The recommendation, originally scheduled to be presented to the City Council in late October, has been postponed to late November or early December. The delay will offer Wichita Transit staff more time to further evaluate questions and concerns that arose during the month-long public engagement process which started in September.
“We would like to continue the discussion with the community,” Wichita Transit director Steve Spade said. “During the public engagement process we learned some neighborhood groups had questions regarding the elimination of service in areas of low ridership. We have been working to find solutions but a few issues still remain that need more input from those groups.”
The additional feedback will be collected from neighborhood groups. It will be used to make improvements to the final route and fare proposal.
The first series of public engagement efforts resulted in more than 500 comments. The process included a variety of efforts including online surveys, social media engagement, displays at the Transit Center, presentations to District Advisory Boards, two public open houses and a public hearing.
Implementation of service changes could be delayed until late spring 2016.