Wichita looks at year-round Q-Line

The Q-LineIt looks like Wichita may soon have downtown shuttle buses year-round. That’s according to a presentation the city council will see Tuesday.

It says the Q-Line will have to expand to year-round, six days a week service to provide arena event shuttle services. That will nearly double the cost for the city, which is already in a budget crunch. But it’s subsidized some by the Wichita Downtown Development Corporation, which has promised $20,000 to market the service. The total cost for 2010 would be $159,120.

The expansion comes as ridership has increased. The buses carted 3,428 people in 2006, 4,362 in 2007 and last year it carried 9,153 folks. That seems to dovetail with the influx of more people going to Final Friday Art Crawls. The newly-started First Friday music crawls will probably also increase the number of people looking for a lift.