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The average price of a gallon of gas in Wichita is nearing its lowest point since the beginning of the year.

According to, fuel prices in Wichita are down 37 cents from last month. Many gas stations across the city have dipped below $2.00 per gallon.

“The national average today is $2.20. In Wichita, it’s just about to break under $2.00. And that’s something that should stick around,” said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for “We could see the cheapest stations in Wichita even dropping to the $1.80s or even the $1.70s.”

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The Kansas Department of Transportation has added new technology to help clear highways of snow this winter.

A plan to restructure bus routes and simplify bus fare options for Wichita’s transit system is expected to be presented to City Council next month.

The Wichita Transit Advisory Board endorsed a new bus service plan that includes a redesign of all 17 routes in the city.

Wichita Transit Director Steve Spade says they were able to tweak the original proposal after hearing concerns from residents of neighborhoods where bus service would’ve been cut.

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Recommendations will be presented to the Wichita Transit Advisory Board tomorrow about restructuring bus fares.

Wichita Transit Director Steve Spade says the base bus fare of $1.75 will remain, but options will be simplified.

"What’s being suggested now is that we do a cash fare of $1.75 and then we do a day pass, a weekly pass and a monthly pass and keep it simple," Spade says. "The other thing that we are doing is offering pretty substantial discounts on our passes."

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Kansas law enforcement officers plan to increase patrols this week to encourage drivers to be aware of child car safety as part of National Child Passenger Safety Week.

Parents can expect to see officers at elementary and middle schools through Friday. The officers will be making sure kids are properly buckled up and are using the correct car seat, booster seat or seat belt. Anyone not obeying Kansas laws pertaining to child safety will be issued a citation.

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Passengers are encouraged to book holiday travel early this year.

Wichita State Professor and co-author of the annual Airline Quality Rating Dean Headley says travel has been steady all year, and demand is expected to remain strong throughout Thanksgiving and Christmas. He says an influx of passengers and the possibility of bad weather should always be factored into holiday travel plans.

"You can make it easier for yourself by early arrivals or better planning or don’t carry so much stuff on board with you, you can ease the stress," he said at a presentation Thursday.

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Students at Wichita State University have a new option for getting around the city to run errands. A car sharing company called Zipcar will begin offering rentals on campus next week.

Zipcar is already at 400 universities across North America. Here in Wichita, the company will offer two Ford Focuses that are available 24 hours a day.

Students, faculty and staff 18 or older can join for about $15 a year. Rates are $7.50 an hour or $69 a day. That includes gas and insurance up to 180 miles.

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Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell announced the city has purchased a new machine that will reportedly make the repair of potholes faster and more durable.

The mayor announced the $174,000 machine during his weekly briefing as crews demonstrated. He says the city fixes about 50,000 potholes every year, with a cost of just over $10 per pothole. That means nearly $500,000 in taxpayer money is spent yearly on the repairs. And while the individual cost will rise with the new machine, the repairs last longer, on average 5 years, so there are cost savings.