KATS to Expand Public Bus Service

new_kats_bus.jpgPicture of new KATS bus used for current service. Via Senior Citizens of Kodiak

Kayla Desroches/KMXT

Kodiak may soon get an extended public bus service.

Senior Citizens of Kodiak, which administers the Kodiak Area Transit System, conducted a survey from 250 businesses and organizations and received a lot of input and desire for extended service.

There has been a public route for an hour in the early morning and an hour in the evening, but according to the press release, respondents’ transportation priorities are getting to work and shopping, which would require a wider range of times.

KATS currently provides transportation for 15 different local nonprofits. Jonathan Strong, the project specialist with Senior Citizens of Kodiak, says the new developments won’t influence that.

“The big change is gonna be adding more hours and stops and hopefully having a bus dedicated to public service," says Strong.

Strong says they’re still working out details, but that the fare would be two dollars each way with a goal to replace cash with tickets.

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