Topeka Transit Takes Funding Case to Council

By: 13 News
By: 13 News

Topeka Transit officials took their budget concerns to a City Council work session Tuesday night.

Topeka Transit was set to end its evening and Sunday service April 1st, but put that off until at least April 22nd to explore other funding options.

Transit Director Janlyn Nesbett-Tucker says Topeka Transit's mil levy funding cap hasn't been raised in 15 years. She asked the council to consider an increase, calling it a matter of keeping up with inflation.

Nesbett-Tucker says the council needs to understand how important transit service is. She says if it has to resort to service cuts, some 15- to 18,000 people could be impacted, which would have a direct impact on the local economy. She says people from service workers to restaurant employees to hospital staff depend on Topeka Transit to get to work.

Nesbett-Tucker says she'll meet one-on-one with council members to make the case for increased funding. She says Topeka Transit does have reserve funds, but they wouldn't be enough to get them through the next year. She says if there was a guarantee of new money coming, it might be possible to dip into the reserves for the short term.


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