BY KAREN LA PIERRE

klapierre@dailynews.net

As a cost-cutting measure, effective Jan. 1, the Access Transportation bus will be running Ellis County routes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday only. The service for the city of Hays will continue as normal.

'We're discontinuing at this point Tuesday and Thursday, " said Anna Findley, transportation manager.

"I'm doing what I can to reinstate it," Findley said.

She understands that everyone is under a budget, but currently, there is a lack of local match.

Funding for the bus is through the Kansas Department of Transportation and local matching donations.

Within the city of Hays, the bus runs each day from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. It does not run on Christmas or New Years Day.

The county schedule is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The service offers low cost or free rides to a wide range of customers. Children under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Fares within the city limits of Hays are $1.50 per one way trip. Outside the city limits, the cost is $3 per one way trip.

The Safe Ride trips are 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday night and are free.

The Safe Ride trips are used by a wide range of customers, and many in the community use it, Fisher said.

They also provide Tiger Transit, which are rides for the Fort Hays state University students.

Access Transportation is as a part of DSNWKS, which is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

To schedule a ride, call (785) 628-1052.