A new transit could be coming to Salina that will make traveling to Manhattan and other communities more cost efficient.
“I go to Manhattan probably every weekend, especially in the Fall,” Kansas State Salina student Joseph Morse said. “I buy a football pass and hang with friends.”
Morse is a senior at Kansas State Polytechnic campus in Salina.
He said he’s studying to become a professional pilot.
But for fun, he travels to K-State’s main campus in Manhattan almost every weekend.
“I really get to spend time with people more my age and get that kind of college scene I’ve been looking for,” he said.
But he said those weekend trips can be pricey.
“It’s not fun paying for gas all the time,” Morse said.
Later this year, the North Central Kansas Coordinated Transit, along with the Kansas Department of Transportation and other partners said there could be another travel option.
“We’re working on getting a route that goes from Salina to Manhattan,” Claire Mullen with the North Central Kansas Coordinated Transit said. “Monday through Friday, possibly four round trips a day.”
She said It’s not a done deal yet, but they’re looking for partnerships and stakeholders to pay for the route.
“It will cost about $300,000 per year,” she said. “That includes hiring workers, maintenance, marketing, gas, etc.”
Mullen said a one-way trip will cost around $4 and make stops along the way for smaller communities.
“So Abilene has a couple of different stops, Chapman, Junction City,” she said. “It makes four stops, so it would be a $1 a stop.”
She said the route will help sustain rural livability, but also help K-State fans in Salina, like Morse, get to his games for a good price.
“If there’s a cheaper option, that will be beneficial to me,” he said.