KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A plan is in the works to privatize bus service at KCI.
Kansas City Aviation Department officials said outsourcing the Red and Blue Line bus services would save the city $7 million over five years.
The current bus drivers are city employees.
Aviation Department spokesman Joe McBride said they have a hard time finding enough drivers -- which contributes to overtime.
He said the change will also improve service for passengers because current drivers aren't allowed to help with bags.
"Given the amount of money it costs us annually to pay city employees to operate the buses, we found having a private operator will be cheaper in the long run,” McBride explained.
Current drivers would be able to apply for positions with the private company.
The Kansas City Council will take up the issue next week.
The Aviation Department hopes to have the service switched over by November.
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