The city should ditch its bare-bones bus routes and switch to a grid system that cuts down on transfers and is easier to use, according to a new study by University of Kansas graduate students.
That could boost ridership, save residents some money and reduce pollution and traffic.
It would also give the city a robust system that could handle a influx of riders if gas prices jump, as many people predict.
But it wouldn’t be cheap.
Preliminary estimates show grid routes that would run up and down major streets would cost more than $23 million a year to operate.
If the city bought more buses to run the routes more frequently and expanded hours of service, the price tag would hit about $56 million each year.