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Archive for Friday, June 8, 2007

Summer doesn’t slow K-10 Connector

June 8, 2007

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Three questions with David Yoe, a student who takes classes at Johnson County Community College, and rides the bus back and forth to Lawrence

David Yoe answers questions about commuting to Johnson County Community College on the transfer bus service.

KU-JCCC connector still going despite summer slowness

The bus system designed to help students travel between KU and Johnson County Community College continues to thrive despite schools being on summer break. Enlarge video

The bus service linking Johnson County and Lawrence isn't taking a summer break.

And neither are its riders.

David Yuo, a Johnson County Community College student, was among about 200 people using the K-10 Connector on Thursday.

"Since it's been available, I've been using it," he said. "I don't drive. So if I didn't use this, I'd have to rely on other people."

The buses drive a continuous route to Johnson County Community College, Kansas University in Lawrence and the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park. Although it circulates among the campuses, anyone can ride.

Alice Amrein, director of transportation for Johnson County Transit, said ridership has picked up this week as summer classes have begun.

"Obviously, the last two weeks in May were down because classes were out," Amrein said.

During the spring semester, she said the K-10 Connector averaged about 300 riders per day.

Despite rising gas prices, Amrein said the bus service that travels along Kansas Highway 10 doesn't plan to increase rates. Current rates are $2.50 for a one-way trip or $15 for 10 trips. Passes can be purchased at the KU Parking and Transit office or from the bus driver.

Yuo estimated the service saved him about $4 a trip.

While it has connecting routes with KU bus services, it does not connect with the Lawrence Transit System.

"Transferring to the T - that's something we have on our schedule to look at, but with their possible budget cuts, we aren't sure," Amrein said.

The drop-off and pickup points for the bus route are Haskell Indian Nations University Park and Ride, north stadium; 19th Street and Naismith Drive, southwest corner; KU Lawrence Park and Ride at Clinton Parkway and Crestline Drive, east lot shelters; JCCC Carlsen Center, north entrance; and KU Edwards Campus, northwest side of roundabout.

- Intern Sarah Van Dalsem can be reached at 832-7222.

Comments

lunacydetector 7 years, 6 months ago

i saw 2 people riding that bus in from KC. they have 23 runs throughout the day.
300 / 23 = 13.04 riders per run.

one example of a run: KU-Lawrence > 19th & Naismith > Haskell University > JCCC > KU-Edwards.

i wonder how many ride between JCCC and KU-Edwards campus and vice/versa? i bet a lot more than run from KC-lawrence/lawrence-KC.

does the city of lawrence have to pay extra for this service or is it figured into the T Bus budget, or does johnson county do this for free?

SettingTheRecordStraight 7 years, 6 months ago

Also, please finish the SLT- through its originally planned route.

average 7 years, 6 months ago

Could they please find somewhere else to park it rather than in a lane of traffic on Naismith (by the mosque) for 20 minutes at a time? Even T drivers don't do that.

Emily Hadley 7 years, 6 months ago

19th and Naismith is one of the very few stops in Lawrence, for many students coming from KU campus. (This entire system was just introduced this spring semester, you might recall.) Of course T drivers don't do that, they aren't heading out to Johnson County and don't have riders dependent on that run to get from city to city, especially on a class schedule.

Since the first day of this bus route, I have either driven or biked down 19th Street -- five days a week, a minimum of four times a day -- passing two of the K-10 Connector stops. I have never seen the bus parked on the street. If I did, and I considered it a serious impediment, I would certainly have other comparable options to get from A to B and could easily plan around the bus's fixed, timed stops.

This route is a wonderful addition to our limited mass transit, and I hope its riders will join T riders and supporters to help us avoid the completely avoidable and irresponsible proposed cuts to the T, which has opportunities to connect with this route as well as merge with KU on Wheels.

leadrain 7 years, 6 months ago

Loyal riders- RIDE ON !! Haters- Shut Up! or even better, keep losing hair over a minor inconvenience to afford the great service the T is providing.

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