Every weekday, rides are offered by the Butler County Transit Program through the Butler County Department on Aging.
During their Tuesday meeting, the Butler County Commissioners gave Department on Aging Director Crystal Noles permission to purchase a replacement 13-passenger wheelchair lift equipped mini bus for the general public transportation program.
This program offers a variety of routes throughout the county. Vehicles offer curb-to-curb service, Monday through Friday. Service is available to anyone of any age. However, children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult, and children under 8 years old or under 80 pounds must be secured in a child safety seat.
Funding for the general public transportation program is provided by the Kansas Department of Transportation, federal and state funding, and the Butler County mill levy.
Routes offered include travel to and within Augusta, El Dorado, Andover and Wichita.
Fares are $0.50 per stop inside city limits, $2 each way for town to town trips within Butler County and $4 each way to and from Wichita. To reserve a ride, call (316) 775-0500 24 hours before the ride is needed.
In other business, the commissioners:
• received and open bids for health management software.
• approved the purchase of a motor grader for the highway division of the Department of Public Works.
• approved separate agreements with KDOT for Butler County to provide construction engineering services related to the NW 30th Street/NW Butler Road intersection reconstruction project and related to the West Branch Whitewater River bridge replacement project on NW 50th Street.
• authorized the Department of Public Works to solicit bids for snow plow and motor grader blades.
• authorized the Department on Public Works to solicit proposals for GPS survey equipment, related accessories and training.