Wichita Transit wants your input on serving outlying communities

Wichita Transit wants your input if you live and/or work in four of the city's outlying communities.

It's working to create more transportation options for Derby, Haysville, Andover and Maize.

Right now, in Derby, a city-run bus service runs on weekdays - if you request it.

Wichita Transportation officials want to know if you think that needs to change.

They're holding a meeting at Derby City Hall from 9:00 until 11:00 a.m.. There, you can talk with the Wichita Area Planning Organization about what's best for Derby.

This is one of four meetings being held to talk with people who live and work outside of Wichita.

The meeting in Maize is set for this afternoon from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m. at City Hall.

To put things in perspective, a study found that 7% of households in Wichita do not have a car.

That number is only about 2% in Derby, and about 1% in Maize.

The city is weighing several ideas about what could work to give everyone more options.

"One of the things that we're going to be also looking at is how best to provide that service," said Wichita Transit Director, Mike Tann. "Whether that should be a larger vehicle, a smaller vehicle, potentially ride sharing, van pooling. It could possibly be a situation where we're looking at bus rapid transit to provide support. It could be senior services."

The meetings in Haysville and Andover happened on Tuesday, but you can still share your input at the website below.

Connecting Communities Website