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Archive for Thursday, July 26, 2007

City’s transit system to get $150K grant

July 26, 2007

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The Lawrence Public Transit System will receive a $150,000 grant from the federal government to replace city buses, a move announced Wednesday by Democratic Congressman Dennis Moore.

The grant falls short, however, of the roughly $2.3 million requested by the city transit service. When the grant request was filed earlier this year, the local transit system was seeking roughly $1.9 million to replace the aging buses, with $400,000 requested to complete a feasibility study for a bus maintenance facility.

City commissioners toured a new bus last week that could potentially cost $320,000.

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mcontrary 6 years, 9 months ago

How about funds to keep the existing busses running? Buying new busses and/or facilities while cutting hours and/or services are an oxymoron or perhaps moronic. What a misdirection of funds. For those who don't approve of public transportation, think what it would be like to have no vehicle and need to: buy food, go to work, doctors, hospitals, and all the other things you hop into your car and do wiithout appreciating the convenience of being able to do so. People who who use public transportation, whether or not they own vehicles: don't: guzzle gas, support foreign suppliers of petroleum products, worry about parking, experience road rage, add to nor have to drve in the before- and after-work traffic jams.

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hawkperchedatriverfront 6 years, 9 months ago

Oh, $150,000 for a bus system that cannot function. What is with this?

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Bowhunter99 6 years, 9 months ago

Where can I add my name to the list of approved vendors for the City Commissioner's Feasibility Studies?????

I'll be glad to provide health insurance, vacation, etc for my employees if I can get a hold of a couple 250-400K feasibility studies a year.... Minorities/Majorities and even Democrats would be encouraged to apply....

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penguin 6 years, 9 months ago

150 K for new buses...you can't even replace one for that price. I see this as more of a joke than as something to celebrate.

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Sigmund 6 years, 9 months ago

I guess a $150,000 grant falls short of $2.3 million by about $2.15 MILLION! This along with the $1.7 million dollars each and EVERY year to give less than a thousand people transportation. Jeez, just buy them all Hummer's. It would be cheaper in the long run and have less impact on the environment.

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jrlii 6 years, 9 months ago

Why don't they just buy the old Lawrence Bus Company facilities, since they've successfully ran them out of business?

They might even hire some of the mechanics which kept those old General Motors Coach buses running for millions of miles. . .

They might even buy some of their old buses too, since they look to be better built than the "T" buses.

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RomanNose 6 years, 9 months ago

Thank you Moore. You're the shizzle!

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cheeseburger 6 years, 9 months ago

$400,000 for a feasibility study for a bus maintenance facility? What is it with these people? Forget the study and spend the $400K on the facility. Or better yet, shut down the M-T and save a whole lot of money!

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Ragingbear 6 years, 9 months ago

Well, that is one good thing about election season. Politicians look like they give a crud.

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