The fixed bus routes that run through Dodge City have seen an increase in ridership of 35 percent according to the Federal Transit Administration.

The increase led the administration to present the city with an award of recognition for their accomplishment.

Parks and recreation director Paul Lewis and public transportation supervisor Brenda Cecil-Martinez, presented the award to the city commissioners during the city commission meeting on Monday.

"We want to say thank you to the commission for supporting the public transit program," Cecil-Martinez said. "The ridership increase on the fixed route since its change."

That change was extending the hours of service from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Previously the routes ended at 6 p.m.

"We were able to make the change due to the existing grant allocation," Lewis said. "We couldn't be prouder."

The cost for the fixed routes is $1 for adults 19-59 years of age, 50 cents for youth ages 6-18 years old, 50 cents for anyone 60-years-old or older who may be disabled or qualify for low-income. Children 5-years-old and younger ride for free.

"I hear great things all the time," Commissioner Jan Scoggins said. "I am so glad it's up and going."

Along with the fixed routes, public transportation also has a door-to-door service.

The door-to-door service is available for those with a disability who are unable to take the fixed routes buses.

For the door-to-door service, call 620-225-8119 to make a reservation.

To be eligible for the door-to-door service, a certified application must be submitted.

Applications are available on the buses, at the Santa Fe Depot Transit Center, 101 E. Wyatt Earp Blvd. or online at dodgecity.org/727/Public-Transportation.

Public transit also offers a regional service that runs from three-quarters of a mile to 2 miles outside of the city limits.

Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance.

A brochure of the fixed route is also available on the public transportation website link.

To contact the writer email vmarshall@dodgeglobe.com