McPherson County residents will now have a new option for getting to-and-from Wichita and Salina. The Beeline Express, a twice-daily bus service to Wichita and Salina will begin Nov. 9. The service will also provide daily round trips between Wichiat and Pueblo, Colo.
The new lines will be operated by Prestige Bus Lines of Wichita.  Both routes are the result of agreements between the Kansas Department of Transportation and Prestige, with an additional agreement on the Wichita-to-Pueblo route between the Colorado Department of Transportation and Prestige.
“These routes will restore intercity bus service to southwest Kansas, which has lacked a connection to the national bus system for years,” said Joel Skelley, State Multimodal Planner for KDOT. “This route, along with the Wichita-to-Salina route, will provide an important service to Kansans who have no other travel options or simply prefer to ride, rather than drive.”
Federal funding is being used to purchase two new buses for each route and to assist with operating expenses such as fuel, personnel and maintenance. A portion of the funds come from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Under the Recovery Act, 15 percent of the rural transit allocation in each state must be used for intercity transit. That figure in Kansas is about $2 million.
The Wichita-Salina route will include stops in both McPherson and Lindsborg. In McPherson, passengers will be picked up at the intersection of Highway 56 and I-135.
According to Dave Rockey, owner of Prestige Bus Lines, the two new routes have been carefully planned with the goal of meeting both passenger comforts and freight hauling needs.
"We expect a great deal of interest along these heavily traveled routes both from the passenger's standpoint and those who choose to ship freight with us," Rockey said.  "Passengers will be pleased with our comfort, scheduling and reliability, while at the same time, offering shippers a convenient and affordable freight option."
From Nov. 9-15, the bus service will be offering a $1 special for all routes, each way.
Cities that will be served by the Beeline Express include:
Wichita-Salina
• Wichita, Newton, McPherson, Lindsborg, Salina
Wichita-Pueblo, Colo.
• Kansas - Wichita, Hutchinson, Dodge City, Garden City, Syracuse; Colorado - Granada, Lamar, Las Animas, La Junta, Rocky Ford,  Fowler, Pueblo
For more information about the service, routes and travel times, visit www.Beeline-Express.com.