Organizations discuss funding, importance of public transit with legislators

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Transit agencies across the state gathered at the Capitol Wednesday morning to show off their vehicles and discuss funding.

The Kansas Dept. of Transportation and Public Transit Association hosted the 4th annual Transit Day at the Capitol.

People toured the Topeka Metro's buses while different organizations discussed the importance of public transportation with legislators.

The Public Transit Association says lawmakers should know how important transit is to the state.

"In Kansas, over 10 million rides were transported in transit last year and we really want to get that message out, that transit changes lives, it is economic development and it is about quality of life," said Anne Smith, the Chair of the Kansas Public Transit Association.

Smith says there is currently $11 million allocated to public transit in the state, but the cost of running it continues to go up.