More people using public transportation in Dodge City

DODGE CITY, Kan. (KWCH) People in Dodge City are using public transportation more than in previous years.

"It gets me to and from work, helps me get my kids from school, and it's just a great convenience," said passenger Lois Rose.

For the past 20 years, public transportation services have been available in the city.

Paul Lewis, park and recreation director, says ridership has increased drastically over the last four years.

"Ever since we started adding more buses and adding, the fixed route system our numbers have increased dramatically," said Lewis. "Now this year, we're going to do somewhere in the neighborhood of 48, 49,000 rides this year."

That's 20 percent more rides than 2016.

Door-to-door service is also provided. Fees are as low as 50 cents to a dollar.

"A dollar a trip is wonderful," laughs Rose. "Very cheap. I love it!"

There are three bus routes in Dodge City. The city is discussing the possibility of adding one more route.

Buses only operate Monday through Friday. Reservations need to be made at least 24 hours in advance by calling 620-225-8119.