Dodge City began offering round-trip public transportation to several smaller communities this week.
Two new routes between Wright, Spearville and Dodge City began Tuesday. On Thursday, routes will be provided between Bloom, Kingsdown, Bucklin, Ford and Dodge City. The costs range from $2 to $5 one way. The busses will stop in Minneola on Thursdays if prior arrangements are made.
Kathy Denhardt, mobility manager for the city of Dodge City and Ford County, says the busses will make two trips per day on a loop between the towns.
Busses that currently run in Dodge City average about 8,000 rides a year. The new routes are expected to add 1,500 rides from each route every year.