Archive for Wednesday, October 4, 2006

T to give free rides for national event

October 4, 2006


Area residents will have a chance to ride the T for free Thursday.

The city's public transit system will be giving free rides all day as part of Communities in Motion Day, a national event designed to promote the benefits of public transportation.

The T operates from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Route maps are available online at


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 11 years, 6 months ago

Well, go ahead and throw in your 50 cents when you ride, if you'll feel guilty about it otherwise, Sigmund.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 11 years, 6 months ago

I agree, Marion. The city should increase funding so that riding the bus is free for a few months. This would do more to encourage ridership by getting people in the habit of using it, which the occasional free day doesn't accomplish.

prioress 11 years, 6 months ago

Real societies (see Europe, Japan, etc.) have good public transportation. It never "pays" for itself, so get over it. Kinda like the military; ever see a cost-benefit analysis on that little budget item? Once gas goes up again (see GWB and his Iran fantasies) the "T" will look like a good deal.

Sigmund 11 years, 6 months ago

Free? I dont think so. They receive over a million dollars in corporate welfare a year. No more free rides for the "MT"

jonas 11 years, 6 months ago

I think public transportation systems usually do pay for themselves, but not in a direct way that many people seem to require. When factoring in the value of the system, I think it's important to consider how many people possibly are allowed to contribute to the local economy because of its existence. There are a lot of people that rely on the system to get to work, school, stores, etc. Not everyone is capable of affording a car, or living within walking distance of work.

Interestingly, the money burner of the organization is not the fixed route busses that everyone generally slams on, but the para-transit disability busses. There are up to twelve of them running every day, rarely have more than 2 or 3 passengers on at once, and fly all over town. So if something is gonna get axed, economically that would make the biggest impact. Of course, then you have to explain to all the folks with disabilities that they don't have a reliable way to get to their jobs anymore, but who cares about them?

Still another side, though. The T is horribly mismanaged, and could be operated much more efficiently. Having the specific company lose control, or having a better run organization come in to save the situation would not be a bad idea.

Godot 11 years, 6 months ago

I had a conversation with one of the "t" drivers who said he did not understand why, on the "free" days, the city continues to charge the people who use the "special needs" buses.

Anyone know?

bearded_gnome 11 years, 6 months ago

because, I suspect, they're not part of the promotion. also, the para schedule doesn't need a campaign to increase ridership.

Linda Endicott 11 years, 6 months ago

I don't know about the "disability" buses in Lawrence. Here in Ottawa we have those same buses that are used by the Senior Citizens center. But anyone can ride them, even though they're sponsored by Senior Citizens.

It costs a dollar per trip, and you have to call at least 24 hours in advance to get a ride.

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