Wichita mayor announces opening of McLean Blvd and free bus rides on Saturdays

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The City of Wichita plans to reopen McLean Boulevard, between Douglas and Maple, to through traffic on Monday, April 27.

Mayor Brandon Whipple made the announcement during his weekly briefing Thursday morning.

McLean has been closed since July 2019. Crews have been making street and infrastructure improvements around the new baseball stadium.

The mayor says the improvements have added additional on-street parking and increased access to the riverfront.

Whipple also announced that on Saturdays, the city bus system will be free for riders.

He said a citizen sent him an email asking if the transit system could offer discounts since so many people are facing financial hardships due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The mayor says he spoke to City Councilman Brandon Johnson, the city manager, and the transit director. The end result: free bus rides for all riders on Saturdays for the next few months.

There are 16 bus routes on Saturdays.

The mayor says the buses are getting extra cleaning to ensure they are as safe as possible.

Whipple said that if anyone else has ideas they would like to see the city tackle, to email the mayor or other members of the Wichita City Council.

Other topics of the briefing included the library’s summer reading program which begins May 1 and the City of Wichita street sweepers.

The mayor says the street sweepers will start being more active to clean sand off the streets from winter weather treatments.

You can check location of the street sweepers on the city’s website.

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